Aldergrove’s Raymond Van Bugnum is hosting a blood donation event on Feb. 8 to memorialize his late wife, Chris, and carry on her legacy of blood donation. (Sarah Grochowski photo)

Caring like Chris: Aldergrove husband hosts day of giving blood for late wife

He’s asking the community to donate blood on Feb. 8 in honour of his wife, an avid blood donor

This Saturday, Feb. 8, will be Aldergrove resident Raymond Van Bugnum’s 98th time giving blood.

Except this time, when around 450 millilitres blood is drawn from a vein in his arm, it will be in memory of his late wife, Chris – an avid donor and volunteer host of blood drives in the community.

“With today’s technology you can get a pacemaker and live without a heart,” Raymond elaborated. “You can live without a lot of things, but you can’t live without blood.”

Raymond said his wife felt very strongly about that.

Chris passed away at the age of 62 having donated more than 100 units of blood and platelets. She lost a valiant, three-year battle with cancer on Sept. 6.

Her husband, Raymond, co-owner of All Seasons Garden Centre in Aldergrove with his brother, Rick, said even on her deathbed “Chris was more concerned about her kids, me and others.”

It is that kindness Raymond wants to emulate this Saturday. And they’re asking others from the community to join and take part.

“If you ever donated blood in Aldergrove, you would have met her,” Raymond added.

READ MORE: Langley woman saved by blood donations now a big booster

“Chris used to always say that she donated blood so that if her family or friends were ever in need of blood, she had done her part to help them survive.”

For nearly a decade Chris helped organize blood clinics in Aldergrove – ones that Raymond can only assume went on to change lives of victims of car accidents, those fighting cancer, and others in serious need.

Now, the husband feels it is his turn to carry her compassionate torch. The married couple often ventured to clinics together, sit side-by-side (if they could) and donate together.

Two of Chris and Raymond’s three children will donate blood in honour of their mom this Saturday at Parkside Centennial Elementary, located at 3300 270 St. in Aldergrove.

From 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Canadian Blood Service technicians will carry out, first appointments scheduled by those who call 1-888-2-Donate, and then drop-in visits.

READ MORE: Fraser Valley hotdog king donating kidney to customer

Raymond explained that due to the nature of Chris’ cancer she was not able to donate her organs to the extent she would have liked after her passing.

Recently however, he found out that doctors were able to donate her corneas, left unmarked by cancer, to assist others in seeing.

Raymond cherishes the BC Transplant letter confirming Chris’ generosity.

To learn more about blood donation those interested can visit the Canadian Blood Services webpage at blood.ca/en.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Record turnout for third annual Langley car show against cancer

Brogan’s Diner Fight Against Cancer Car Show was turned into a road trip because of COVID-19

Langley artist Lalita Hamill launches new website to showcase art and share instructional videos

A Zoom session on Saturday, July 18, will serve as a free art assessment and critique at 10 a.m.

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Ryan’s Regards: Will the air travel industry once again take flight?

With airlines grounded and staff laid off, going abroad could be more difficult beyond COVID-19

Vandals deface Aldergrove elementary school with racist slur, male genitalia

Langley School District confirms it has filed a report with the Langley RCMP

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Fraser Valley loses the Keith Wilson Waver as Ron Hupper passes away

Hupper brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of people traveling Chilliwack’s Keith Wilson Road

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Woman sexually assaulted, robbed near Surrey SkyTrain station: RCMP

Police say the incident happened July 10, just after 11 p.m. near King George SkyTrain station

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Once-in-a-lifetime comet photographed soaring over Abbotsford

Photographer Randy Small captures Comet NEOWISE in early-morning sky

Most Read