Michael Bourque is a true advocate for blood donation. When his wife, Melissa, was diagnosed with cancer, their friends asked how they could help. Melissa, who had needed platelets as well as transfusions during her treatment, had a simple answer: a blood drive. Drives in her honor were held before she passed away in 2014, and drives in her memory are now held every year. Bourque has also connected numerous families who want to host drives in memory of their own loved ones with the Red Cross.
“I’m proud to have put him in touch and help them,” Bourque said of one father. “One, [because it would] provide probably what would be a great drive but also give the family an outlet for some of their grief. I think it’s an interesting element of being able to donate for people, do a drive, being able to feel at a time when you may feel helpless in any number of ways that you can do some good in a small way. And you can bring others along with you to do some good.”
In his role of president at CEO of MEMIC, Bourque continues the company’s long tradition of inviting the Red Cross in to hold drives in the workplace and of promoting a culture that encourages community involvement.
Over the past two decades, the drives of MEMIC and of Bourque outside of the organization have collected more than 1,000 units of blood that have helped save more than 3,000 lives.