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In The Spotlight

January 2 - 31, 2014

Emergency service workers ask Albertans to rally together

This January, Canadian Blood Services is partnering with emergency service workers across Alberta for the annual Sirens for Life campaign. The theme for the campaign is “Someone still needs your help” and we’re asking Albertans to take part in Sirens for Life by donating blood in support of their local emergency services teams.

Emergency service workers often see the need for blood firsthand, and they are asking Albertans to help them save even more lives by donating blood this January.

There are many people involved when an emergency occurs. The 911 dispatch center who takes the call, the police officer who secures the scene, the firefighter who pulls the victim from the car, the paramedic who stabilizes and transports the victim, and the blood donors who help make sure the blood they need is there to help them. Just one person who is seriously injured in a car accident could need as many as 50 blood donors to help save their life.

To meet the need of hospital patients in January, Canadian Blood Services forecasts it will need to collect at least 12,000 blood donations in Alberta. Someone still needs your help this winter.

You can help hospital patients and support Sirens for Life by donating at any clinic in Alberta from January 2 – 31. Visit www.blood.ca/clinics or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283) to make an appointment to give blood or for eligibility information and clinic locations. Appointments are recommended.

Attention Members of Emergency Services Departments: to help us track how many donations are made by emergency services personnel and their friends and family, be sure to ask at the clinic for a Partners for Life registration. You can get the form at the front desk of any clinic, or from your department’s Sirens for Life organizer.


Gold status blood donors

Two Alberta donors became the first in Canadian Blood Services history to give their 1,000th donation this winter.

Both plasma donors, Edmonton’s Ed Darrah and Calgary’s Ken Zachary have been faithfully donating every week at their respective plasmapheresis clinics for many years.

For Darrah, 68, giving blood has always been a part of his life.

“It’s been one of the better things that’s happened in my life, being able to give,” Darrah told the Edmonton Sun.

Calgary’s Zachary, 59, has been donating whole blood, platelets and plasma since he was 17.

While Zachary says blood donation has just always been a part of his routine, he was touched by the recipient stories he heard firsthand while attending Canadian Blood Services’ national Honouring our Lifeblood event in 2004.

“I met a few people [in Ottawa] and they would’ve died without people donating,” he told the Calgary Herald.

Since these historic donations took place, Halifax’s Jim Lord also reached his 1,000th donation on Feb. 1. However, the very first Canadian to reach this milestone was actually Hema Quebec donor Michel Therien, in 2009.

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Ed Darrah and Ken Zachary were the first two donors in Canadian Blood Services’ history to reach the 1,000th donation milestone.

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Edmonton

Life Bus bookings:

nalberta.lifebus@blood.ca (780) 431-8733
Partners for Life Program:

Judy Jones (403) 410-2744
What's Your Type? Program:

Judy Jones (403) 410-2744

Calgary

Life Bus bookings:

Carmen Caspar (403) 410-2722
Partners for Life Program:

Stephen Wright (403) 410-2733

Red Deer

For information on Canadian Blood Services programs or partnerships, please contact Judy Jones, Donor Services Manager at (403) 410-2744.


Partners for Life Program:

Judy Jones (403) 410-2744

Lethbridge

For information on Canadian Blood Services programs or partnerships, please contact Judy Jones, Donor Services Manager at (403) 410-2744.


Partners for Life Program:

Judy Jones (403) 410-2744

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