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Are you Zoe’s stem cell match?
As a newborn, Zoe Dudzianiec was diagnosed with Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Because of this chronic condition, her body is unable to produce red blood cells. She currently receives 10 hours of medical treatment every day. The only cure for young Zoe is a stem cell transplant. For several years now, Zoe has been searching for her lifesaving stem cell match. Stem cell donations require a close genetic and ethnic match between donor and patient, having Middle Eastern roots has made it more challenging for Zoe find her match.
Zoe is waiting for YOU to join the stem cell registry. If you're 17-35 years of age, register online in less than 2 minutes.
What would you give to save a life this winter?
Patients need you to donate blood or plasma
Do something extraordinary to get out of the winter rut! Book a blood or plasma donation and join the committed donors making all the difference for patients across the country.
No matter what the season, patient need is constant. Your support ensures that patients have access to essential blood products when and where they need them.
Please help fill open donation appointment spots this winter. Patients need you now.
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Patients like Jakob need your help now!
Join the stem cell registry today.
At just a few days old, Jakob Guziak was diagnosed with adenosine deaminase severe combined immunodeficiency (ADA-SCID), a rare immune disorder.
As a result, he is unable to fight off most infections. The cure for ADA-SCID is either a stem cell transplant or gene therapy. Jakob is currently undergoing gene therapy because only 50% of patients end up finding a stem cell donor match.
Someone, like Jakob, is waiting for you to join the stem cell registry. If you're 17-35, register online in less than 2 minutes.
Dec. 4 change to eligibility criteria
Dec. 4 change to eligibility criteria related to the ‘mad cow’ disease outbreak.
If you’ve lived or spent time in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or France between 1980s and 1990s, you may now be eligible to donate in Canada.
Help families like Adam’s make more memories
Not one, but two stem cell transplants and countless blood products helped Adam overcome his leukemia. “[Specialists] told me my best treatment option for my acute lymphoblastic leukemia was aggressive chemotherapy, but the end point we were looking for was a stem cell transplant,” shares Adam.
There are nearly 1,000 patients in Canada like Adam who are waiting for their lifesaving match right now. If you're between the ages of 17 and 35, you could be the rare stem cell match a patient has been waiting for.
Register online in less than two minutes.
Announcing a plan to secure Canada’s plasma supply
Did you know that some lifesaving medications are made from donated plasma? Of these medications, the most widely used are called immunoglobulins. Currently, there is a global shortage of immunoglobulins. Canadian Blood Services is taking action to further secure our country’s supply of these medications, in the shortest time possible. Working with experts, patients, and other stakeholders, we have established a plan to increase plasma collection and enable Canada’s first end-to-end supply chain for immunoglobulins. This means we are working to ensure patients in Canada continue to have access to the lifesaving medications they depend on.