Across Canada, thousands of new and existing blood donors are needed to fill every open appointment from now through the end of summer to ensure there is an acceptable level of blood products to meet ongoing patient needs, notes a media release from Canadian Blood Services.
A small group of dedicated donors continue to sustain the national blood system, but more are needed to grow the donor base and help keep Canada’s "lifeline" strong, notes the media release.
The impact of the pandemic has made the need to acquire new donors even more important to ensuring patients’ needs will continue to be met. One hour of your time donating blood, has a positive impact that can last a lifetime, says Canadian Blood Services.
"We need to build a more diverse donor base to meet complex and underserved patient needs," notes the media release.
Blood from donors of the same or similar ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications. Achieving greater diversity in our blood system is particularly important for patients who need regular transfusion therapy, including those with sickle cell disease, cancer, thalassemia, or bleeding disorders, said the release.
Two blood donation clinics are coming to Orillia in June.
Canadian Blood Services will be at the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre, at 400 Memorial Ave., June 8 from 1 to 7 p.m. and June 12 from 3 to 7 p.m.
All blood types are needed, especially O-negative since it can be transfused to any patient.
If you weren't previously eligible, you may be now. Whether you donate this week or next month, your contribution ensures patients in Canada receive lifesaving support where and when they need it. You can make a lasting impact on the lives of other.
Appointments are required and can be made at blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2DONATE.