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Oh Canada, give the gift of life

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As Canadians prepare to celebrate Canada Day, many patients are fighting for survival.

Current and first-time blood donors from coast to coast are being urged to make a blood donation before or immediately following the Canada Day holiday. All blood donors are needed, in particular those with type O and A blood.

“With the holiday falling mid-week this year, we’re seeing fewer appointments booked and a higher number of cancellations around Canada Day,” says Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations. “This is particularly challenging because many regular donors are planning to take an extra-long weekend.

According to the Canada Safety Council website, more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during the summer months than any other time of year, and 85 per cent of these collisions are considered preventable. It can take up to 50 donors to help save the life of someone in a car crash.

While it is not possible to prevent all traffic crashes from happening, it is possible to ensure blood is there for all Canadian patients when they need it. Canadian Blood Services forecasts they will need almost 30,000 appointments each week during the summer to meet demand. Right now, there are more than 7,500 appointments available across the country between now and July 5.

Canadian Blood Services is urging eligible community members to do something patriotic in honour of Canada Day, and help save a fellow Canadian by giving blood.

To book an appointment download the GiveBlood app, visit blood.ca or call 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

The Surrey clinic for Canadian Blood Services is located at 15285 101 Ave.

 

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