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Canadian Blood Services
Blood Donors Urgently Needed
Without blood products, Eli wouldn't have
the strength to walk, play video games or
be able to be 10-year-old kid anymore.

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 chain officer.

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.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:58:43 AM EST

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