Monday, April 26, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Bracebridge Sportsplex, 110 Clearbrook Trail
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Call 1-888-2-DONATE or visit blood.ca to make an appointment to give.
Each year, over 100,000 new blood donors are needed to make up for those who can no longer donate. New donors help ensure reliable access to blood and blood products for patients, where and when they need it. Blood and blood products are needed for patients undergoing surgery, cancer treatments, routine medical treatments for various diseases and disorders, and much more, all regular day occurences, regardless of the pandemic.
O-negative blood donors are especially needed because this blood type can be transfused to any patient. In times of emergency or for newborn patients, O-negative blood, the universal blood type, makes a lifesaving difference. Currently, every donation appointment needs to be filled. Without the ongoing dedication of blood donors, patients in Canada wouldn’t have access to lifesaving care where and when they need it. Don’t forget that donating blood is a positive way to cope with the pandemic and can help address feelings of helplessness you may have in these challenging times.
If you’ve donated blood, share your experience on social media or at mystory.blood.ca. You may inspire someone who has never donated to book their first blood donation appointment. Don’t forget to tag us @CanadasLifeline and use the hashtags #BloodForLife and #CanadasLifeline so we can like and share your posts.
Lastly, April is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Month. We encourage all Canadians to register their decision to become organ and tissue donors and share their decision with their family and loved ones. There are approximately 4,400 Canadians waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Not everyone in need of a vital organ receives a transplant. In fact, on average, 250 Canadians die each year waiting. Public opinion data shows that 90 per cent of Canadians approve of organ and tissue donation, yet only 32 per cent say they have registered their decision to become an organ and tissue donor. With continued investment, support and collaboration across the country, a world-class organ and tissue donation and transplantation system in Canada is possible.