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It is estimated that only 7% of the population in Canada has O-negative blood, but this blood type represents about 13% ...
06/17/2024

It is estimated that only 7% of the population in Canada has O-negative blood, but this blood type represents about 13% of all units sent to hospitals. O-negative donors are needed now to help replenish supply.
If you are eligible to donate, please book an appointment today at blood.ca

06/17/2024

Like potential stem cell donors, expectant parents can also help save lives by donating cord blood.

Canadian Blood Services' Cord Blood Bank collects and stores cord blood for free, for future use by anyone in need of a stem cell transplant.

We need your help to expand Canada’s public cord blood bank so it’s reflective of our nation’s ethnic mosaic. It’s much harder for patients of ethnically diverse or mixed-race backgrounds to find a match.

Learn more at https://ow.ly/IYRf50SiWfB

Franz and Stephen are a father and son duo who spend quality time together in a meaningful way—by making all the differe...
06/16/2024

Franz and Stephen are a father and son duo who spend quality time together in a meaningful way—by making all the difference for patients in Canada.

Earlier this spring, the pair reached 900 combined donations—and even more special, their donations are in honour of Franz’s wife/Stephen’s mother.

During his birth, Stephen’s mother almost lost her life—but thanks to the five selfless donors who donated the lifesaving blood she needed, she survived.

Franz couldn’t imagine life without his wife—he was a father to a two-year-old and a brand-new baby—so when the doctor told him that his wife would not have lived without the five units of blood she received, he immediately asked if he could thank the donors for saving her life. To that, the doctor suggested the best thing Franz could do was to return the favour for others in need – and he has now been donating for 53 years.

In the beginning Franz donated blood, but then switched to plasma donation with his son, Stephen. The father-son-duo donates together every Tuesday, and their hope is that their story inspires others to become donors.

You can make all the difference for patients in Canada with your loved ones. Visit https://ow.ly/MRu350SiUNs to book your next appointments together.

06/14/2024

Donors are GENEROUS. Just ask Bessie.

Bessie has been receiving blood products from generous donors since she was three years old. Thanks to donors, she has two amazing children.

This National Blood Donor Week, we’re wrapping donors in words of thanks with the help of recipients like Bessie.

Learn more about how you can make all the difference for patients like Bessie at https://ow.ly/9wGk50SiLV4

The biggest   goes out to the best donors in the world ❤️ 🌍Every year countries around the world celebrate  . The event ...
06/14/2024

The biggest goes out to the best donors in the world ❤️ 🌍

Every year countries around the world celebrate . The event serves to raise awareness of the need for blood and blood products and to thank donors for their life-saving gifts.

Thank you to everyone who has donated blood, plasma, platelets, or supported in any way. Without our donors and supporters alike, we wouldn’t be able to serve patients in need in Canada. You truly do make all the difference.

Today’s   post is from Tanner and Jake’s special donation ❤️Tanner’s hand trembled ever so slightly as he drew the needl...
06/13/2024

Today’s post is from Tanner and Jake’s special donation ❤️

Tanner’s hand trembled ever so slightly as he drew the needle close to the donor’s arm. He had drawn blood thousands of times before, but this time was special.

This time, the donor was his own partner, Jake, who was giving blood for the first time in years. He’d donated as a teenager but became ineligible after coming out as gay in college.

Read the full story of their journey to make this very special blood donation: https://ow.ly/ktXg50Si9gs

06/13/2024

“When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is stretch my feet, and it’s like ‘I can’t believe I’m alive today.’” - Marcel, plasma recipient.

Ten years after surviving Guillain-Barré syndrome, Marcel sees the bit of pain in his feet from nerve damage as a reminder to be grateful. Plasma donors are among those Marcel is grateful for, as thousands of different plasma donors helped to create the medication he needed to survive.

Read more of Marcel’s story and his gratitude for donors at https://ow.ly/2gAo50Si8Su

Donors are SPECTACULAR. INCREDIBLE. LEGENDARY.During the month of June, when you donate blood or plasma, you’ll receive ...
06/13/2024

Donors are SPECTACULAR. INCREDIBLE. LEGENDARY.

During the month of June, when you donate blood or plasma, you’ll receive our brand new limited-edition arm bandage covered in words that some recipients have used to describe donors. Only while supplies last.

Book your first (or next) blood or plasma donation appointment today at https://ow.ly/4Lgw50ShnRL

06/12/2024

Plasma donors are SPECTACULAR. Just ask Marcel.

Marcel survived and will soon meet his new grandchild thanks to plasma donors like you.

We asked recipients – like Marcel – to help us share heartfelt thanks to donors during National Blood Donor Week.

Learn more about how you can make all the difference for patients like Marcel at https://ow.ly/kwui50SfkCy

✨ GIVEAWAY!! ✨Your donations are essential, and donors are needed every week to ensure hospitals have the vital products...
06/12/2024

✨ GIVEAWAY!! ✨

Your donations are essential, and donors are needed every week to ensure hospitals have the vital products that are needed for everyday patient care and for emergencies.

To say thanks, we’re giving away FIVE summer essential prize packs consisting of a bucket hat and drink tumbler valued at CAD $26.00.

How do you enter?

✔️ Like this post
✔️ Follow Canadian Blood Services
✔️ Tag a friend you’d bring to a donation with you in the comments (more tags = more entries!)
✔️ Share this post

The fine print:

Each comment you make, with a tag, is a separate entry in a random draw for a chance to win free prize packs. Giveaway opens at 8:00PM EST on June 11, 2024 **and closes 11:59PM EST on June 18, 2024*.* Five winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at 9:00AM EST.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) who have reached the age of majority. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram or Facebook.

NO DONATION NECESSARY. **Limit ­­­one prize per entrant. **Voided where prohibited or restricted and subject to all applicable laws.

See the following comment for full rules and participation information.

Thank you and good luck!

06/11/2024

Over the past seven years, Wai Yin estimates she’s received over 250 units of blood.

Yet, she lives an active life despite her mystery illness, powered by the blood transfusions she receives every few weeks.

“You might not know that people are thinking of you. But when I receive blood, every time I see a bag of blood, I see a person behind it.”

Read more of Wai Yin’s story and her gratitude for donors here: https://ow.ly/zv5Z50SeBAg

Did you know that most medications do not prevent you from donating blood, plasma, or platelets? For example, you may be...
06/10/2024

Did you know that most medications do not prevent you from donating blood, plasma, or platelets? For example, you may be eligible to donate blood, plasma, or platelets while taking some common mental health medications, such as sertraline (Zoloft) or bupropion (Wellbutrin)! 😊

For a complete list of medications that are acceptable when donating blood or plasma, please visit https://ow.ly/UHvL50SeGpI

06/10/2024

Donors are INCREDIBLE. Just ask Wi Yin.

Thanks to incredible donors, Wi Yin can enjoy her favourite activities like hiking and birding.

This year for National Blood Donor Week we asked recipients – like Wi Yin – to help us share our gratitude for donors.

Learn more about how you can make all the difference for patients like Wi Yin at https://ow.ly/sVmW50S9Pxf

It’s finally here! It’s National Blood Donor Week! 🎉Earlier this spring, we asked recipients to describe what donors mea...
06/09/2024

It’s finally here! It’s National Blood Donor Week! 🎉

Earlier this spring, we asked recipients to describe what donors mean to them. Spoiler alert — they think donors are amazing!

During National Blood Donor Week and throughout the month of June, we’re wrapping donors in these messages of gratitude from recipients — literally.

At our donor centres and mobile events, donors will receive limited edition arm bandage wraps featuring messages from those whose lives have been saved or impacted by blood or plasma donation.

If you haven’t yet, visit blood.ca/NBDW to book an appointment to donate blood or plasma this month and wear those messages of gratitude with pride!

06/09/2024

Happy National Blood Donor Week!

To kick off the week, CEO Dr. Graham Sher shares his gratitude for all supporters of Canada’s Lifeline whose contributions help patients across the country.

Some of those patients have shared their own messages of gratitude for donors, which we hope you will find time to read or watch some time this week.

As Dr. Sher shares in his video, “What these patients know all too well is that there are no substitutes for the biological products we collect every day. When a patient needs blood or plasma, for example, it is there because of a donor who decided to give.”

Thank you, to all supporters of Canada’s Lifeline, and Happy National Blood Donor Week!

To read more messages of gratitude from recipients, visit blood.ca/NBDW.

06/09/2024

Sabrina first started developing serious symptoms at age 12, and eventually became so ill she was forced to give up her passion, competitive dance.

Every month Sabrina receives three bottles of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), which is a medication made from thousands of different plasma donors. To Sabrina, these donors are heroes.

“To not necessarily know who you’re going to save, but to know that you can, and to do something with that power, selflessly? I think that’s as heroic as it gets.”

Read more of Sabrina’s story and her gratitude for donors here https://ow.ly/aWBV50S9OuK

Zoë donates blood in honour of father, with whom she shares an important genetic connection — type O-negative blood.“My ...
06/08/2024

Zoë donates blood in honour of father, with whom she shares an important genetic connection — type O-negative blood.

“My Dad was many things, but one of the adjectives most used to describe him is “generous.” Dad supported those in need by consistently donating however and wherever he could. Blood was no exception, and Dad donated as often as possible. His blood type was O-negative, the universal donor which is so often critical in emergencies.

In 2017, Dad experienced the rapid onset of a rare blood disorder which took his life very quickly.

My Dad passed on many things to me: wisdom, eccentricities, an odd sense of humour, and perhaps most importantly, his blood type.

I am a blood donor for my Dad, John Dunsworth, in memory of his generous spirit and wonderful heart.”

As the universal blood type that can be given to any patient, O-negative donations play a critical role and make up 13% of all donations sent to hospitals. If you are type O-negative, it’s likely someone else in your family is too. You can support patients by booking your next donation appointment today at https://ow.ly/AQSW50SaVmr

06/07/2024

Blood donors are LEGENDARY. Just ask Sabrina.

Sabrina depends on regular donations from legendary donors like you, and she is sharing her sincere gratitude for donors this National Blood Donor Week.

Learn more about how you can make all the difference for patients like Sabrina at https://ow.ly/wVVS50SbFFZ

As part of National Blood Donor Week (June 9-15) we wanted to create something special to show you how much you mean to ...
06/07/2024

As part of National Blood Donor Week (June 9-15) we wanted to create something special to show you how much you mean to us and to all those whose lives have been impacted by your blood or plasma donations.

So, we decided to make a custom arm bandage in your honour! 💪

We asked recipients to describe what a donor means to them, and throughout June, we are wrapping our donors in these messages of gratitude — literally. At our donor centres and mobile events, donors will receive limited edition arm bandage wraps featuring messages from recipients.

This June, wear your bandage like a badge of honour! Book your first (or next) blood or plasma donation appointment today at https://ow.ly/66Zk50SbFvs

To help kick off Pride Month, employees at Canadian Blood Services’ head office in Ottawa came together earlier today fo...
06/06/2024

To help kick off Pride Month, employees at Canadian Blood Services’ head office in Ottawa came together earlier today for our annual raising of the Progress Pride flag. CEO Dr. Graham Sher was joined by members of the 2SLGBQTIA+ employee resource group (ERG) and Capital Pride’s (Capital Pride • Fierté dans la Capitale) executive director, Callie Metler, to raise the flag and reflect on Canadian Blood Services’ ongoing efforts to advance 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion.

We'll be flying the Progress Pride flag from June to September, in celebration and recognition of Pride season, and as a reminder of the work we're committed to, to increase inclusion for 2SLGBTQIA+ and all equity-deserving groups.

06/06/2024

“When I was 18 months old, my fingers and toes got swollen and they rushed me to the hospital. They did a bunch of testing and found out I had sickle cell.” - Emmanuel, blood recipient.

In 2019, a sickle cell crisis landed Emmanuel in the hospital fighting for his life. Thanks to blood donors and a stem cell transplant from his sister, Emmanuel is on a path to recovery and full of hope.

“Transfusions were essential in sustaining me,” Emmanuel says. “They kept me alive as I battled for survival.”

Read more of Emmanuel’s story and his gratitude for donors here https://ow.ly/PV5650S9MEV

06/06/2024

If it weren’t for the blood donors who donated in early summer 2019, Colin would not have survived.

After a horrific grizzly bear attack, Colin was fighting for his life in the remote wilderness when he was rescued by air ambulance. Paramedics had blood on board the ambulance, and they gave him a life-saving blood transfusion on the scene. There was no time to check Colin's blood type, so he received O-negative blood - the universal blood type.

Only 7% of the Canadian population has O-negative blood, but everyone can receive their blood, so their donations play a vital role in emergency situations

The need for all donors is constant, and patients like Colin are especially counting on O-negative donors to make blood and plasma donation a regular part of their summer plans. Book now at https://ow.ly/XG4350S9C8q

06/05/2024

Donors are THOUGHTFUL. Just ask Emmanuel.

Thanks to the thoughtfulness of donors, Emmanuel is thriving through sickle cell anemia, and shares his gratitude this National Blood Donor Week.

Learn more about how you can make all the difference for patients like Emmanuel at https://ow.ly/Q8a850S9uFp

06/05/2024
06/05/2024

“I was told to get my affairs in order, and spend time with my family, because I was going to die.” - Kathleen, blood and organ recipient.

Not much more than a year ago, Kathleen was given that news. But thanks to numerous blood donors as well as an organ donor, she has gone from near death to unstoppable.

Read more of Kathleen’s story and her gratitude for donors here: https://ow.ly/9gZa50S8vkF

06/04/2024

Donors are WONDERFUL. Just ask Kathleen.

Kathleen survived a kidney and liver transplant, thanks to transfusions from wonderful donors like you.

This year, for National Blood Donor Week, we asked recipients – like Kathleen – to help us share heartfelt thanks to donors.

Learn more about how you can make all the difference for patients like Kathleen at https://ow.ly/6oFw50S78K5

Did you know that people are more likely to find a stem cell match from donors with a similar ancestry or ethnic backgro...
06/03/2024

Did you know that people are more likely to find a stem cell match from donors with a similar ancestry or ethnic background? 🌎 🤝

Having a stem cell registry as diverse as Canada ensures everyone in need can find their best match.

By joining the Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry, you are increasing the chances of finding a life-saving match for those in need. Let’s create a world where everyone in need of a stem cell transplant has the best chance at life!

Register today by visiting https://ow.ly/jqPB50S6Hgs

06/02/2024

We can’t contain our excitement any longer, so here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come this month, as we celebrate National Blood Donor Week (June 9-15) all month long!! 🤗

We’ve been working on something special for donors, and we can’t wait to share! Stay tuned to hear incredible messages of thanks, right from recipients, for your lifesaving donations.

After surviving a drive-by shooting, Brandon is alive today because of O-negative donors ❤️ If you have type O-negative ...
06/02/2024

After surviving a drive-by shooting, Brandon is alive today because of O-negative donors ❤️

If you have type O-negative blood, you’re known as a universal donor. That’s because your donation can be given to any patient, regardless of blood type.

In emergency situations when there's no time to confirm a patient's blood type, your O-negative blood can mean the difference between life and death.

Every blood donation is invaluable. To prepare for the unexpected, O-negative blood donors are always needed. We urge you to book an appointment today and become a vital member of our lifesaving team.

Learn more and book an appointment at https://ow.ly/efBN50S4yMy

This summer, Canadian Blood Services is excited to be attending Pride festivals across the country to engage with 2SLGBT...
06/01/2024

This summer, Canadian Blood Services is excited to be attending Pride festivals across the country to engage with 2SLGBTQIA+ community members and allies and answer questions about donation, sexual behaviour-based screening, and our ongoing efforts to advance 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion.

We kicked off our festival circuit at this weekend and couldn’t have had a better time. Thanks so much to everyone who came to chat with us – it was incredible to meet you.

To learn more about our work to increase inclusion in – including our recent apology to 2SLGBTQIA+ communities – visit blood.ca/apology.

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