"People have been asking what they can do so this is something you can do, in this week alone up at Children's I watched two or three kids be sent home not getting their blood transfusions because they ran out of blood, so you can go to your nearest blood donor clinic, which you can find at http://www.blood.ca/, and donate some blood. This doesn't matter if you are in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto or anywhere as it will make a difference in someones life."
Charlotte has needed over 30 blood/platelet transfusions this year. If you have donated blood this year thank you! If you have ever thought about it... now is a great time to look into donating! If it has never crossed your mind before, please take a moment to consider all the people who use donated blood...
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|A picture from last May... donated blood was used to prime the machine used to collect Charlotte's stem cells.|
One blood donation could save three lives.
Blood is perishable, and has a 42-day "best before" date. That means we can't stockpile it for future use, and why we continuously need blood donors. While 42 days is the maximum shelf life, most donated blood in Canada is sent to hospitals within a week. Platelets only have a 5-day shelf life, and make them a constant challenge to supply, particularly after a long weekend.
Between our 41 permanent locations in major cities across the country, and the hundreds of mobile clinics we operate, there are over 20,000 blood donor clinics per year. Chances are there is a blood donor clinic somewhere near where you live, work or play. To find one near you, use our handy Clinic Locator, or call us at 1 888 2 DONATE.
Please please please... for all of our new friends at the hospital... donate if you can. If you are not able to donate there are other ways to help, check out the website, and help spread the word.