This month McLeish Orlando arranged for their staff to donate blood at the King & University Clinic. Donating blood helps those who’ve been seriously injured. A donor must be in good general health and at least 17 years old. On the day of your donation, it’s important that you’ve eaten well and have adequate sleep. If you aren’t able to donate blood, there are several other things you can do to offer support to those who depend on these services. You have the option to offer financial support or you can volunteer your time with Canadian Blood Services. In Vancouver, if you’d like to donate but are ineligible, you have the option to contribute your blood to netCAD, a Centre for Innovation where research regarding improvements and development processes is conducted. Unfortunately, the netCAD option isn’t available in Ontario yet, but we are hopeful that something similar will be available soon.
Here’s how donating blood helps to save the lives of Canadians:
- It can take 50 units of blood (50 donors) to help someone in a car crash
- It can take 2 units to help someone who needs brain surgery
- It can take 5 units to help someone in cancer treatment
- It can take 8 units a week to help someone with leukemia
- It can take 5 units to save someone who needs cardiovascular surgery
- It can take 4 units a month to help someone with Aplastic Anemia.
Interested in learning more about Canadian Blood Services? Click here!