More blood donors sought


Canadian Blood Services (CBS) wants you to give the gift of life this summer.
Rainy River District residents are urged to book an appointment for its annual blood donor clinic Aug. 19-20 at Fort Frances High School.
CBS needs to collect 240 blood donations at the two-day clinic here, said communications specialist Adrienne Silver.
Currently, there are 114 appointments available on Aug. 19 and another 217 on Aug. 20, she noted.
The clinic is being held Monday, Aug. 19 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday, Aug. 20 from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
Make an appointment to donate blood by booking online at or by calling 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
If you can, bring a friend to donate.
Donors must be at least 17 years of age, in general good health, and feeling well on the day of donation.
Looking at the bigger picture, CBS is forecasting a need for 51,000 appointments to be filled between now and Labour Day to replenish blood stocks.
This is due to nearly 12,000 unfilled appointments so far this summer, coupled with
constant hospital demand.
Roughly every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood.
In fact, according to a recent poll, 52 percent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or medical treatment.
Hip surgery replacement requires two units of blood (one unit equals one donation) while cancer treatment requires five.
Leukemia treatment requires eight units a week.
An automobile accident can take up to 50 units to save the lives of those involved.