National Blood Donor Week 2021

During National Blood Donor Week, we recognized and thanked members of Canada’s Lifeline for their selfless and lifesaving contributions to patients.

National Blood Donor Week was held from June 13-19, 2021, while World Blood Donor Day was observed on Monday, June 14. Enacted by the Parliament of Canada in 2008, this year marks the 13th anniversary of legislation introduced by Senator Terry Mercer to recognize and celebrate blood donors from across the country who selflessly help their fellow citizens.

After more than a year of living with COVID-19, the pandemic has affected every aspect of life. Through it all, the selfless community of donors and partners across Canada have quietly honoured their commitment to others, playing a crucial role in Canada’s Lifeline. This generous support has helped ensure that we can continue to provide essential products and services to patients in these uncertain times.

To pay tribute to these vital members of Canada’s Lifeline, a video was developed featuring recipients who shared their stories and a message of “Thank you ”. Four stories were shared. Amélie Adolphe, received many blood transfusions in 2020 after an incident that caused severe internal bleeding. Michael Wark diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2018, received blood products and ultimately a stem cell transplant during his treatment. Revée Agyepong , became one of the first adults in Canada to receive a stem cell transplant to cure sickle cell disease in 2017. James Peloza recovered from a rare immune disorder thanks to donated plasma.

There are many reasons to donate blood, stem cells and plasma, and just as many to say thank you. Donors have helped maintain an adequate level of blood products during the pandemic. We continue to rely on new and returning donors to help ensure patient needs are met this summer. There are many ways to join Canada’s Lifeline and help save lives.