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‘Paying it forward’ through cord blood donation


Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Philanthropy news
Like most parents, Jessica vowed she would do everything and anything she could to keep her new baby happy and healthy, once she entered the world. One critical thing she knew she could do was donate her baby’s cord blood. Because Jessica is Caucasian and her 9-month-old daughter Abigail is of mixed

Blood in war zones: Canada’s contributions and ongoing support for soldiers who need transfusions


Friday, November 08, 2019
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Statement
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Beckett, MD is the chief of general surgery and trauma advisor to the Surgeon General of Canada.

Toronto Jeopardy! winner demonstrates the power of infinite connections through platelet donation


Monday, October 28, 2019
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Statement
By Susan Burgess Canada’s newest Jeopardy! champion is a Toronto man who was recently honoured by Canadian Blood Services for his 100th donation of platelets. During last Friday’s broadcast, Kris Prue was asked about his milestone donation by host Alex Trebek, who is battling pancreatic cancer.

‘Acts of kindness to repair the world’: Canadian Blood Services remembers Dr. Elianna Saidenberg


Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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Statement
Canadian Blood Services is mourning the loss of Dr. Elianna Saidenberg, an Ottawa Hospital hematologist who made a deep impact on Canadian Blood Services and the wider community. “There is a term in Jewish tradition, ‘tikkun olam,’ that epitomizes everything Elianna represented: acts of kindness

"We literally saw our child’s life in the hands of donors”: How financial donations helped save eight-year-old Cameron


Thursday, October 03, 2019
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Impact stories
Sharon Bulger can still remember the feeling of the air being completely sucked out of her lungs, when she learned her eight-year-old son Cameron had brain cancer. “We were terrified,” Sharon recalls. “I don’t know if anything can prepare you to walk the cancer road, but it just seemed so unreal. Everything happened so fast.”

Stem cell donors give new lease on life to blood cancer patients


Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Feature story
Blood cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the world with hundreds of Canadians requiring a donor for a stem cell transplant each year. Only a fourth of patients in need of blood stem cell donation will find a donor within their family – the rest will rely on a complete stranger to

Stem cell donors could be someone’s hope for life


Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Feature story
Every year, hundreds of Canadian patients need life-saving stem cell transplants, and most rely on the generosity of an unrelated donor. Found primarily in umbilical cord blood, peripheral circulating blood, and bone marrow; blood-forming stem cells are used to treat more than 80 diseases and

Changes in blood donation process will enhance donor experience


Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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Statement
As we are constantly seeking new ways to enhance donors’ experience, we recently introduced changes to our blood donation process to reduce blood donor screening and rest time for repeat donors, resulting in a shorter donation time without impacting the safety of the donor. Recent studies and

Plasma-derived drug now used for two diseases may have potential to treat others


Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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News release
August 21, 2019 (TORONTO) – A treatment now used to fight two diseases might have the potential to help patients with other conditions, too, according to new research funded by Canadian Blood Services. The new publication, “Treating murine inflammatory diseases with an anti-erythrocyte antibody,”