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Donors urgently needed, says Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services says 23,000 donors are needed by July 2, 2018. Canadian Blood Services

Summer is a time for beaches and barbecues. Rick Prinzen says donating blood should be a summer must-do item as well.

Prinzen is the vice-president of donor relations for Canadian Blood Services, and he says summer is a challenging time for blood donations. CBS says more than 23,000 donors are urgently needed by July 2 to ensure patients have access to blood and blood products.

“The summer is a time for family to relax and enjoy themselves,” Prinzen said in a press release. “Yet, the need for blood and blood products is constant. The need for blood does not take a holiday.”

One woman, Kiran Benet of Brampton, Ont., says she’s grateful for blood donors, as her 15-year-old daughter required 28 blood transfusions, in addition to a stem cell transplant.

“At age 10, Cierra was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder in which the bone marrow fails to make enough viable blood cells,” Benet said in a CBS press release. “Life turned upside down for a couple of years until a genetically matched volunteer stem cell donor was found. Today, Cierra is preparing for her Grade 9 exams and recently celebrated her birthday. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of donors willing to help people like us.”

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Visit blood.ca, download the GiveBlood app or call 1-888-2-DONATE to find a nearby donation site. Walk in appointments are also available at all locations.

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