Franky Lapenna recently conquered his fear by hosting a blood drive and donating blood for the first time alongside other members of the Ottawa Gee-Gee’s. Over the past few years Franky has excelled in his role as a Player Ambassador often encouraging others to donate blood. He also launched a fundraising initiative as a member of the Charlottetown Islanders that raised over $1,000 in support of Canadian Blood Services. As passionate as he was about this cause there was one major hurdle that prevented him from actually donating blood himself. He was fearful of needles.
“I am honestly terrified of needles and pass out almost every time. I decided to give blood because there is a significant need for blood and the people who need it have to be extremely brave to fight their respective illnesses day in and day out. Their need for blood and their consistent bravery made it that I chose to be brave in my own way to give a helping hand. I chose to face my fears because helping someone else is more important than me being afraid. It was important for me to know I played my part in helping someone else.”
With the recent donation being a success Franky will undoubtedly try again and continue to encourage others to overcome their fears just like he did.