Partners For Life - Registration

Brethren of Georgian South District,

Canadian Blood Services has created a link to assist with collecting blood donations within our District.

Please use the “Click Here” link below and follow the simple instructions. To register you will need your Donor Card number.

Anyone who does not have a donor card will be issued one by Canadian Blood Services following their first, or resumption of, donations.

Registration is available to ALL family and friends who participate in Georgian South blood donor clinics.

You are encouraged to have all those eligible to register at their earliest convenience.

The following link is pre-populated. Once registered, the system will go back and grab any donation(s)  made so far this calendar year and add them to the District totals, and, will continue to track registered donors going forward.

When you have finished entering your details, click “Submit”.  This is a one-time registration. Once registered, all past and future donations for the calendar year will automatically count towards the annual donation goal.  Thank you for saving lives!

For more information please use the Contact Us form and we will forward your message to the Georgian South District Blood Donor Committee Chairman; W. Bro. Les Fraser

Making a difference: Canadian Blood Services Web-site link (information / find a clinic near you / book an appointment) https://blood.ca/en

To find the date and time of clinics near you click on the above link then: i) click on “find a donor center” ii) click on “advanced” iii) type in your “postal code” iv) fill in “date range”, and, “distance” v) click on “start booking” ~ then scroll down the list of clinics with locations

 

The Needs and Uses: A donation can touch so many lives.

What greater gift is there than the gift of life? That’s exactly what every blood donation delivers. Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments and managing disease. Much of the blood that is transfused every year is done under emergency or trauma situations. Hundreds of thousands of people each year receive blood components or blood products following accidents, during surgery or for cancer treatments, burn therapy, hemophilia and other blood-related diseases.

A Heart Surgery requires up to 5 donors.

A car accident could require up to 50 donors.

Each treatment for a cancer patient can require up to 5 donors; a leukemia patient up to 8 donors – PER WEEK.

Every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. That someone could be a loved one, a friend, a co-worker – or even you. The benefits to others and the rewards to the donor can be enormous.

Some facts: The average amount of blood in one person is five litres or 10.5 pints

There are approximately 450 ml of blood in a unit

On average, 4.6 units of blood are required per patient

In Canada, the number of people diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year. We all know that cancer patients need blood or blood products to survive their treatments.

The number of transplants is increasing steadily. This includes kidney, liver, pancreas, heart, lung and bowel transplants – all of which are lengthy procedures requiring significant amounts of blood. So many individuals have improved their quality of life with hip and knee replacements.

As you can see, the need for blood and blood products is rapidly rising—and we need to increase the percentage of eligible Canadians who donate blood.

Types of Donations: Canadian Blood Services is responsible for recruiting blood and bone marrow donors, as well as collecting whole blood, plasma, and platelets at 41 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually.

Whole blood is comprised of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Some donations are held and transfused as whole blood, others are processed to separate red blood cells and plasma.

All whole blood donations undergo leukoreduction, a process whereby white blood cells are removed. White blood cells often carry viruses and bacteria that can be detrimental to the recovery of the recipient. Some donors donate plasma through a process called plasmapheresis. The donor’s blood is processed through an apheresis machine that extracts only the plasma and returns the rest of the blood to the donor. Plasma may be transfused into a patient or further processed into other products. Platelets can be donated through a process called plateletpheresis. The donor’s blood is processed through an apheresis machine, much like in a plasma donation. In this case, only the platelets are collected and the rest of the blood is returned to the donor. In managing the Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry (UBMDR), Canadian Blood Services also collects blood samples for donors who wish to join the Registry. Canadian Blood Services records the specific proteins that make an individual’s bone marrow unique. This information is used to match donors with patients who need bone marrow transplants.