More than 23,000 donors across Canada needed by July 2
Ottawa, June 18, 2018 - Canadian Blood Services is urging Canadians to help meet
patients' needs this summer by donating blood and by encouraging others to roll
up their sleeves as well. With people away or busy with other activities, there
tend to be fewer donations, making summer one of the most challenging times for
Canada's blood system.
More than 23,000 donors are urgently needed by July 2 to ensure patients continue
to have access to the blood and blood products they need.
"The summer is a time for family to relax and enjoy themselves. Yet, the need for
blood and blood products is constant. The need for blood does not take a holiday,"
says Rick Prinzen, Canadian Blood Services' chief supply chain officer and vice-president
of donor relations
Kiran Benet from Brampton, ON is grateful to blood donors for the critical support
they provided to her 15-year-old daughter, Cierra, who required 28 blood transfusions,
in addition to a life-altering stem cell transplant.
"At age 10, Cierra was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a rare blood
disorder in which the bone marrow fails to make enough viable blood cells," says
Kiran. "Life turned upside down for a couple of years until a genetically matched
volunteer stem cell donor was found. Today, Cierra is preparing for her Grade 9
exams and recently celebrated her birthday. None of this would have been possible
without the generosity of donors willing to help people like us."
Currently, the national blood inventory continues to meet patients' needs but a
boost in donations by Canada Day will ensure demand is met throughout the summer.
New donors are urged to get involved.
Canadians who are unable to give blood can encourage others in their networks to
give blood on their behalf. Making an appointment to donate has never been easier.
Visit blood.ca, download our GiveBlood app or call 1-888-2-DONATE to 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.