CHS celebrates with Partners for Life

Posted February 17th, 2014 by webadmin

Canadian Blood Services logoWe are pleased to announce that members of our Canadian Hemochromatosis Society Partners for Life group collectively provided 196 units of blood to Canadian Blood Services in 2013, reaching 98% of our 200 donation goal and surpassing last year’s donation of 176 units.

We now have 110 registered members of this special Canadian Hemochromatosis Society Partners for Life group, seven of who donated for their first time in 2013.

People living with hereditary hemochromatosis, like Patrick Haney, have the unique potential to meet the needs of tens of thousands of hospital patients while treating their own iron overload because the excess iron in the body can be managed through regular blood donations. In the words of Patrick, this is “a hand in glove relationship.”

Thanks to our Partners for Life group members, we are able to celebrate another year of saving lives together as a national Partners for Life organization. We are committed to saving lives again this year, with a goal of 400 donations for 2014. Reaching this goal would be an important achievement for the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society’s Partners for Life group as we strive towards becoming one of the top 10 groups donating blood to Canadian Blood Services. Meeting this goal will not only save more lives, but will also be an effective step toward raising the awareness level of hereditary hemochromatosis here in Canada and around the world. How, you ask? Find out in the coming months on our website as we discuss the possibilities that being a top 10 donor will bring.

Meanwhile, let’s get started on becoming a top 10 blood donor to Canadian Blood Services! Let’s meet the challenge of registering and donating 400 units of blood to Canadian Blood Services. (In Québec, you can donate blood to Héma-Québec to save lives.)

To have your donations count toward lifesaving donations made by the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society’s 2014 Partners for Life team, register here and use ID number CANA002257 (four letters, six numbers). Register once and all donations made at any Canadian Blood Services clinic will be tracked toward the Society’s pledge. Any donations already made in 2014 will be counted retroactively to January 1, 2014.