There was something special about Stacy Regier. She was caring and outgoing. At the young age of 25, she lived life to the fullest.
And her parents, Cindy and Peter Regier of Sylvan Lake, want to keep her memory alive by encouraging residents to give the precious gift of life by donating blood.
In October 2008, their daughter died after the car she was driving struck a light-rail transit train in downtown Calgary. At the time of her death, Regier was a land administrator for the City of Red Deer.
Since Stacy’s death, her parents have organized charity golf tournaments to raise money for equipment at the Intensive Care Unit at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary because most Central Albertans who are involved in serious accidents are sent to that hospital.
To date, they have raised close to $80,000.
As part of National Blood Donor’s week (June 11 to 16), the Regiers are encouraging residents to roll up their sleeves to give.
Next week, Canadian Blood Services will host a series of special In Honour Clinics in Stacy’s memory at the Red Deer clinic (Bay #5 5020-68 Street), at clinics in Calgary and at the Fox Run School in Sylvan Lake on June 23.
“You just never know when something is going to happen to your child or yourself,” said Cindy.
Kaelyn Smith, community development co-ordinator for Canadian Blood Services, said the average motor vehicle collision victim requires 50 units of blood.
She said they hope to see an increase in donations because they need at least 3,000 donations in the Red Deer area in June, July and August.
The Fox Run clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Red Deer clinic will be open regular business hours.
To find out more information about the charity golf tournament on July 28, visit www.stacyregierlegacy.com.