Right now, somewhere in Canada, there is a person needing a blood transfusion to survive. Port Perry and North Durham residents will have the opportunity to give life, through a blood donation, at the upcoming Blood Donor Clinic on November 1st.
The clinic is being held at the Scugog Community Centre, and runs from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments can be made online, through blood.ca, the “Give Blood” app, or by calling 1-888-236-6283.
Andra Stancu, territory manager for Canadian Blood services, told the Standard, there are 100 appointments they need to fill, and they will also accept walk-ins.
She said, a constant flow of blood donations for the health care system is necessary, for hospitals to be able to treat patients properly. The demand for blood is large, and a very small number of people who are eligible, actually donate.
“Half of Canadians are eligible to donate, but only four per cent do. So that means that there is a really large majority of the population that is relying on the four per cent to supply blood to those who need it,” said Andra Stancu.
In Canada, approximately 100,000 new donors are needed each year, to meet the needs of the healthcare system.
Donating blood can help lives of so many people, it can help treat a cancer patient, car crash victim, or someone requiring heart surgery.
Some recipients of blood transfusions need a constant supply of blood to survive. For example, Leukemia patients require up to eight blood transfusions a week, and a car crash victim may need up to 50 blood transfusions at one time.
According to Canadian Blood Services, “Half of us have either needed a blood transfusion our self or know someone in our immediate circle of life, of family and friends, who needed a blood transfusion,” Andra said.
She continued, “You never know when you are going to need it, and it can touch, not only the life of the patient, when they are able to receive those blood transfusions, but also their families and friends.”
There are many reasons to donate, most people’s motivation comes from family members and hearing the stories of how blood transfusions have saved people lives.
“For personal stories it feels really great, knowing each time you’re donating, you donate quite a large amount, 500ml, that’s half a litre, and that could potentially be going to three patients in need. So, potentially it can be saving three different lives,” Andra said.
She added, the donation itself can look intimating, but is relatively easy and painless.
“In my experience it’s really not that bad, you barley feel it. Our staff do this day in and day out, they are so well trained, so you are in great hands,” Andra said.
The clinic will be held, at 1655 Reach St., in Port Perry, and will run from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on November 1st. Andra encourages everyone who is eligible to come out, donate, and give life.