The Canyon Lake City Council on Wednesday recognized Susan Gamble as its January Citizen of the Month. Gamble was recognized for her numerous blood donations.
In 1995, Gamble mustered up the courage to donate blood for the first time. Since then, Gamble has donated blood 34 times, which is equivalent to about four gallons of blood.
“I donate because every donation saves three lives,” Gamble said. “There is no easier way to give the gift of life.”
While in college, Gamble served as a Red Cross blood drive volunteer. From 1994 until 2008, she served as a Red Cross volunteer as part of the disaster action team.
Gamble donated blood after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and during the COVID pandemic. While on vacation in Thailand in 2004, Gamble donate a pint of blood for the survivors of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
Gamble said she will continue to donate blood until her health or age doesn’t allow her to donate anymore.
In addition to being a blood donor, Gamble is registered for the National Marrow Donor Program, a global leader in bone marrow transplantation that connects patients with their donors for a life-saving marrow or blood stem cell transplant.
The Canyon Lake Citizen of the Month initiative was created in January 2021 to honor Canyon Lake residents for their service to the community. Each awardee is recognized by the mayor with a certificate. Community members are encouraged to nominate Citizens of the Month by submitting their names and a short paragraph detailing their good work to [email protected]. Residents of all ages are eligible to be nominated for this award.
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