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Partner eNews August 2020

Your support matters! The need for blood and blood products remains constant during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are relying on our partners to help us raise awareness and encourage their network to book an appointment this spring.

Together, we will get through this


Monday, August 17, 2020
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When Josie Sirna was diagnosed at two years old with thalassemia — an inherited blood disorder that prevents the body from producing healthy red blood cells — her parents were told that she was unlikely to live past the age of 20. Now almost 50, Josie has not only defied all expectations in terms of

Plasma’s latest superpower could offer a much-needed treatment to COVID-19 patients


Monday, August 17, 2020
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You may have heard a lot about how plasma-derived protein products can treat patients with immune disorders and other illnesses, but have you heard about how plasma collected from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 might actually help people who are currently sick with the virus? Plasma is

Runner and active mom from Surrey, BC, celebrates the blood donors who saved her life


Monday, August 17, 2020
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After three uneventful pregnancies, Gurjinder Bhurji never imagined she would need dozens of units of blood and plasma to survive the delivery of her fourth child. Pavan S. Bhurji’s arrival on September 5, 2000, came with a rare and severe obstetric complication called placenta accreta. The medical

Fiesta Filipino in Calgary shows that generosity is part of the Filipino heritage


Monday, August 17, 2020
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The Philippine Festival Association of Alberta/Fiesta Filipino YYC (one of the largest Filipino organizations in Alberta) partnered with Canadian Blood Services in Calgary in celebration of Philippine Heritage month in June. This is the first year the organization has partnered with Canadian Blood

Beeton, Ontario school keeps up four-year streak of committed blood donation, despite COVID-19


Monday, August 17, 2020
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Since 2016, staff from both elementary and secondary schools within the Simcoe County District School Board have been organizing staff blood drives throughout the school year, providing much needed support and adding hundreds of blood donations to our inventory. It has become part of their culture

Staff at RBC Moncton are still finding reasons to give


Monday, August 17, 2020
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Canadian Blood Services’ donor centre in Moncton, New Brunswick welcomed a group from RBC this summer. Their champion leader, Terri-Ann Ayles, rallied her coworkers to donate blood at the end of 2019 and we were delighted to have Terri-Ann back again on July 15 with her RBC colleagues. What made the

Stem cells save lives, but finding a match can take a community — sometimes a global one


Monday, August 17, 2020
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Tania Grim was a 34-year-old mother of four when she received her diagnosis. She’d spent months trying to find out what was wrong. “I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t walk, and I told my doctor if they didn’t admit me to the hospital, I was going to die,” she said. Tania had myelodysplastic syndrome, a type

Preparations underway to boost plasma collections to meet patient needs


Monday, August 17, 2020
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Canadian Blood Services is preparing to open three new plasma donor centres. Plasma is the protein-rich, straw-coloured liquid in blood that helps other blood components circulate throughout the body. The proteins in plasma are key to producing many specialized medications. The new donor centres in

Gifts of advertising space help boost local recruitment during the COVID-19 pandemic


Monday, August 17, 2020
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Back in March 2020, many Canadians were glued to their televisions, waiting to hear the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, Canadian Blood Services was also experiencing a significant spike in appointment cancellations, due to early fears around the virus and risk of

 

Help raise awareness and inspire others to join Canada’s Lifeline.

Download our August toolkit for more information.

Download Convalescent Plasma Toolkit

Download Nova Scotia Strong Toolkit


Is your network of friends, family and colleagues still looking for inspiration to become blood donors? Check out mystory.blood.ca for hundreds of personal accounts of the life changing impact a single blood donation can make. This is a good source of inspirational material for e-communications that you distribute.  

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