Blood donors urgently needed to meet patient needs leading up to spring break.
Urgent call for 35,000 people across Canada to donate blood by March 10.
Ottawa, Feb. 20, 2018 - Canadian Blood Services has issued an urgent call for Canadians
to give blood. More than 35,000 donors are needed by Spring Break to ensure all
patients continue to have access to the blood and blood products they need.
While the national blood inventory has steadily declined over the winter months,
the organization hopes that the arrival of spring will present an opportunity for
Canadians to make donating blood part of their routine.
"Canadian patients rely on blood donors to live longer and healthier lives. More
than 35,000 donors are needed over the next few weeks across Canada to help meet
patient needs this spring," says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services' chief supply
Patients like 10-year-old Eliel (Eli) Tepas Barba from Vancouver, B.C., understand
the need for blood all too well. Diagnosed with hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic
leukemia last year, Eli is currently in remission but still receives regular treatment
at BC Children's Hospital.
"Blood donors are saving Eli's life," says his father Alex Tepas. "He has received
countless units of blood and we're so grateful to the people who have helped keep
Eli alive," he says.
"There are thousands of open appointments across Canada over the next two weeks.
As we emerge from a particularly challenging winter, we're asking Canadians to donate
blood so that all patients have access to blood when they need it," concludes Prinzen.
Making an appointment to donate has never been easier. Visit blood.ca, download
our GiveBlood app or call 1-888-2-DONATE and find a nearby donation site. Walk in
appointments are also available at all locations.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and
stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding
Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes
leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national
scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape.
Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada
and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian
Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.