Donors celebrated for supporting Canada's Lifeline
Ottawa, June 10, 2019 - To support National Blood Donor Week, June 10 to 16, Canadian
Blood Services is launching a new online tool (blood.ca/reasons) for anyone whose life
has been changed by blood products to share their reason(s) for joining Canada's
Lifeline and help patients.
"Each year during National Blood Donor Week and on World Blood Donor Day, June 14,
we celebrate and thank donors for their generosity and commitment to patients. Blood
donors are a vital link in Canada's Lifeline and more donors are needed to maintain
a strong and consistent supply of blood and blood products. We encourage Canadians
to visit our website and to share their personal reasons for donating and inspire
their friends and family to join them," says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services
chief supply chain officer and vice-president of donor relations.
"After seeing my mom and sister not being well, as soon as I turned 17 I knew I
would donate," says Jakob Gallant whose mother Lori and sister Keelyn both suffer
from platelet coagulation disorder and require blood transfusions regularly. "It
wasn't even something I had to think about. It's funny because neither of them really
looks sick. And they aren't right now thankfully, but it will happen again. And
they will need help again as will a lot more people that I know. You never know
when someone close to you may need it," says Jakob.
"My wife receiving a blood transfusion was a huge motivator to boost my donations,"
says Byron Link, a retired RCMP officer who donated his first pint of blood in Manitoba
in 1965 at age 21. In 1996 while stationed in Prince George, B.C., his wife became
ill and a blood transfusion saved her life. In 2002, Byron and his wife moved to
Kamloops, B.C. where he continued to donate as often as he could. Last year on May
22, 2018, he made his milestone 150th donation and since then has donated four more
"Everything we do to help patients in Canada depends on donors who give so selflessly
and are very dedicated," says Prinzen. "Many Canadians have reasons for donating
blood and the donations ultimately help patients through difficult health challenges
and allow them to wake up healthier, every day."
Visitors to the new web page can submit their reason(s) for donating blood or plasma,
registering as a stem cell or organ and tissue donor, volunteering or giving financially.
And, as a continuation of the
"Reasons" multi-media campaign the organization launched in April, Canadians
are also invited to use social media to post their reason(s) for being a donor,
tag their followers and encourage them to do the same using the hash tags #WhatsYourReason,
#NBDW2019 and #WBDD.
While we take this week to thank existing donors, Canadian patients also need new
donors to join Canada's Lifeline. This year, over 100,000 new blood donors are needed
to maintain the national blood supply and meet the needs of patients who require
blood transfusions. Canadians are encouraged to donate blood this summer to meet
anticipated hospital demand. Blood donations often decrease during summer months
because of holidays, changes in routines, travel and family activities.
Legislated by the Government of Canada in 2008, National Blood Donor Week recognizes
and celebrates donors who selflessly help their fellow citizens. Events will be
held in communities across the country throughout National Blood Donor Week to thank
generous donors for their commitment to patients and to encourage new donors to
join Canada's Lifeline.
Making an appointment to donate has never been easier. Download the GiveBlood app,
call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or book now at blood.ca. Walk-in appointments are also available
at all locations.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization. Regulated by
Health Canada as a biologics manufacturer and primarily funded by the provincial
and territorial ministries of health, Canadian Blood Services operates with a national
scope, infrastructure and governance that make it unique within Canadian healthcare.
In the domain of blood, plasma and stem cells, we provide services for patients
on behalf of all provincial and territorial governments except Quebec. The national
transplant registry for interprovincial organ sharing and related programs reaches
into all provinces and territories, as a biological lifeline for Canadians.
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