Urgent Need for Blood Donors by Canada Day

Posted June 19th, 2018 by Administrator

Hemochromatosis Sufferers Can Answer the Call

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.

People with hemochromatosis can donate blood provided they meet all other donor eligibility criteria. Individuals with hemochromatosis can donate every 56 days for men and 84 days for women, which is the usual interval for whole blood donation at Canadian Blood Services. Individuals may have phlebotomies in a hospital clinic setting in between blood donations but there must be at least one week between the last phlebotomy and the blood donation.

Register your blood donations with the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society Partners for Life team by using the Partner ID # CANA002257. Register at www.blood.ca/joinpartnersforlife.

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. Call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book a donation or visit www.blood.ca.