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Partner eNews January 2018

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A Recipient Becomes a Champion.

As we kick off the new year, the warm glow of holiday joy lingers for many.

This past holiday season was especially sweet for Leah and Tim Hunt of London, Ontario. They filled their days making memories with their 5-year-old daughter Fiona, enjoying their time together as a family, and celebrating good health. 

You see, good health is not something the Hunts take for granted.

In 2012, when Fiona was just 15-months-old, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  Her blood was 80 per cent leukemic, and doctors told Leah and Tim that Fiona’s odds of surviving were 50/50. 

After six months of treatment Fiona went into remission.  Unfortunately, her period of good health was brief.  In 2014 the cancer returned, and chemotherapy was not effective.  Fiona’s last hope was to receive stem cells from a bone marrow transplant.  The transplant was a success, and after 6 months of recovery, Fiona came home from the hospital just in time for Christmas.

Throughout the course of her treatment, transfusions of blood and blood products played an integral role for Fiona’s wellness.  In fact, she received more than 100 transfusions.  Thanks to Canadian blood donors — people like you — Fiona was able to survive the treatment she needed.

Today, Leah and Tim are dedicated to giving back, to helping other families who are living through similar experiences.  By sharing her daughter’s story, Leah has been engaging countless colleagues from various departments with the support of her employer, TD.  This February, TD colleagues across the country will be rallying together to give life, so that children like Fiona can receive the lifesaving blood and blood products they need.

Every day, across Canada, groups of donors from workplaces, schools, clubs, community groups, and more, file into Canadian Blood Services collections centres to donate blood.  Our partners are making a difference for Canadian hospital patients by recruiting new blood donors, and helping to raise awareness of the constant need for blood.

For families like the Hunts, there is no greater encouragement than seeing every bed filled with donors at the Canadian Blood Services collection centre.

National GiveLife Partners

Thank you to the national Give Life partners who share their stories and our message every month. They help us celebrate existing donors and encourage new donors to GIVE LIFE. Read about these partners on blood.ca: Proud Partners.

 

Well.ca Joins Canadian Blood Services as a New Partner to Support Donor Health

As a proud Give Life partner of Canadian Blood Services, Well.ca is committed to raising awareness about the need for blood donations to help hospital patients who require blood and blood products for treatment.  To celebrate the partnership, staff from Well.ca recently joined together to donate blood in Toronto.

“There was a lot of interest to participate in our office, which is great,” explains Sarah Steeves, vendor marketing specialist for Well.ca. “Knowing that there would be a group of us going together definitely made it easier for a first time donor to sign up. There were some nerves, but it was easy to focus on the positive impact we would have.”

The company’s commitment to the cause is a natural fit, as Well.ca is happy to support blood donors’ health and wellness through the range of iron supplements available for purchase, which can help to replenish iron stores following blood donation.

If you donate blood frequently, you may benefit from an iron supplement. You don’t need a prescription to get iron supplements, however speak with a healthcare professional about the right product for you.  Check out our iron page for more information.

Baby it’s Cold Outside!

This winter, learn about donating your baby’s cord blood with Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank.

Did you know that expectant mothers in four cities across Canada have the unique opportunity to donate life-saving umbilical cord blood? 

Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank recruits healthy, volunteer mothers delivering at designated collection hospitals across the country.  As it is a public cord blood bank, donated cord blood units are collected at no charge. 

Umbilical cord blood is rich with blood-forming stem cells. Cord blood stem cell transplants are used for treating over 80 diseases and disorders, including leukemia. 

 You can donate your cord blood in:

  • Ottawa: The Ottawa Hospital General Campus
  • Brampton: William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital
  • Edmonton: Alberta Health Services Lois Hole Hospital for Women in Edmonton
  • Vancouver: BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver. 

Hundreds of Canadians require a stem cell transplant each year, and more than 75% will be unable to find a match within their family.  These patients will rely on someone they don’t know to save their life. 

By donating their baby’s cord blood, expectant mothers can give life twice. If you or someone you love is expecting, please consider cord blood donation. To learn more, visit blood.ca/cord-blood.

Interior Savings in Kelowna, BC Celebrates their Day of Difference with a Group Blood Donation.


“Interior Savings team celebrate the Day of Difference by giving back”

Interior Savings is a Partner For Life organization in the Interior of BC. On October 19, their team supported Canadian Blood Services on their Day of Difference. During the Day of Difference over 500 employees fan out across 14 communities — from Osoyoos to Clearwater — to lend a helping hand to community organizations who work tirelessly for the benefit of others. Some of the Interior Savings team came into the Kelowna blood donor centre to donate, while others supported Canadian Blood Services with a street team promoting the downtown location at the Laurel Packinghouse.

Thanks Interior Savings: your team and your support is amazing!

The Ledcor Group of Companies in Edmonton Alberta Collects 117% of their Target.

Edmonton Ledcor employee Justin, Ledcor Champions Elizabeth and Melanie host a welcome table for their staff outside the clinic & Edmonton Ledcor employee Tamara

 

The Ledcor group of companies in Edmonton joined the Partners For Life program in 2008, and have been championing blood donation ever since.  In 2015 they became the host to an on-site blood collection event at their Roper Road location. This year they pledged to collect 120 units, and together their team has already donated 146 units of blood. They promote the donation event internally to their staff and externally to the community.   The last event at the Ledcor site  collected at 117% to collection target.

No great success story happens overnight. The Ledcor champions Elizabeth and Melanie took adopting the clinic to heart. They pushed their recruitment efforts into full gear to drive successful collections events. They did this by reaching out to various vendor partners, Ledcor locations, and local radio stations to promote the event.  Melanie also designed and distributed a company-wide email to express the importance of coming out to donate blood onsite, highlighting Ledcor’s annual pledge of blood donations.   

We are so thankful for partners like Ledcor and for champions like Melanie and Elizabeth. Thank you for all your hard work.

The Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario support their Staff in Living their Values.

The Grand River Hospital wins Ontario Hospital Challenge

Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario believes in exceptional patient care. This busy community hospital joined Canadian Blood Services as a Partner For Life in 2009 and every year since, their staff and leadership have made blood donation part of their culture. Mark Karjaluoto, the Director of Communications, is the driving force behind this successful partnership and has really invested his passion, time, and commitment to saving lives. The employees at the hospital see every day why donating blood is so important. As a hospital that admits 25,000 patients a year, performs over 12,000 surgeries and sees 67,000 emergency room visits, they know firsthand how important it is to have a strong blood supply. This year alone they have already contributed 543 units of blood, and they are still going strong. New donors contributed 122 of those donations, and in May they won the Ontario Hospital Challenge with over 4% of their staff donating in that month alone.

We are so thankful to Mark and his team at Grand River for their commitment and passion for blood donation, and we look forward to working with them for years to come.

Sobeys in Charlottetown, PEI Believes Blood Donation is Part of Being a Good Corporate Citizen.

Front Row L to R Sandra Gauthier and Jeff Jenkins

Back Row L to R Erin MacPhail, Linda Shepard, Angela Scott and Janice Driscoll

Sometimes it’s difficult to leave your business to donate blood, but Sobeys on Allen Street in Charlottetown doesn’t see it as a challenge.  The local champion said “Community involvement is an important part of being a good corporate citizen & this is definitely encouraged at the store”.  They consistently have a group donation scheduled every 3 months.  With some planning, staff can donate during work hours but they also see some attending with the group on their personal time. As a group donor & pledge  partner, we’re very thankful for their continued commitment.

We just can’t say it enough… thank you!

Thank you for being a blood drive champion. Whether you coordinate a drive once a year or six times a year, we want to express our gratitude for helping us ensure patients get the life-saving products they need. See and read about the Canadians who are grateful for people like you and the organizations who partner with us.

 
 
 
 

What if your blood ‘type’ went missing?
This June join us for #MissingType.

Be part of the global campaign taking place during National Blood Donor Week (June 11-17) involving 22 countries, supporting hospital patients across Canada by raising awareness about the need for blood. Every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood.

Click Here for more info on the campaign and how your organization can participate.

 
 
 
 

Champion Tool Room

Filled with resources and templates to help you spread the word about blood donation in your workplace and community.

Look who Gave Life today!
Look who Gave Life today!
You did it!
 
 
 
 
 

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