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"We literally saw our child’s life in the hands of donors”: How financial donations helped save eight-year-old Cameron


Thursday, October 03, 2019
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Impact stories
Sharon Bulger can still remember the feeling of the air being completely sucked out of her lungs, when she learned her eight-year-old son Cameron had brain cancer. “We were terrified,” Sharon recalls. “I don’t know if anything can prepare you to walk the cancer road, but it just seemed so unreal. Everything happened so fast.”

Stem cell donors give new lease on life to blood cancer patients


Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Feature story
Blood cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the world with hundreds of Canadians requiring a donor for a stem cell transplant each year. Only a fourth of patients in need of blood stem cell donation will find a donor within their family – the rest will rely on a complete stranger to

Stem cell donors could be someone’s hope for life


Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Feature story
Every year, hundreds of Canadian patients need life-saving stem cell transplants, and most rely on the generosity of an unrelated donor. Found primarily in umbilical cord blood, peripheral circulating blood, and bone marrow; blood-forming stem cells are used to treat more than 80 diseases and

Changes in blood donation process will enhance donor experience


Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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Statement
As we are constantly seeking new ways to enhance donors’ experience, we recently introduced changes to our blood donation process to reduce blood donor screening and rest time for repeat donors, resulting in a shorter donation time without impacting the safety of the donor. Recent studies and

Plasma-derived drug now used for two diseases may have potential to treat others


Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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News release
August 21, 2019 (TORONTO) – A treatment now used to fight two diseases might have the potential to help patients with other conditions, too, according to new research funded by Canadian Blood Services. The new publication, “Treating murine inflammatory diseases with an anti-erythrocyte antibody,”

Extraordinary story of Dr. Shelly Sarwal to premiere at 2019 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival


Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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News release
August 14, 2019 – Her Last Project, a film that chronicles a remarkable woman’s end-of-life journey, to premiere Sept. 13 as part of the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival’s documentary program. This extraordinary documentary follows Dr. Shelly Sarwal’s story of taking control of her destiny and leaving a lasting legacy.

Stem cell and cord blood donations can save countless lives


Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Op-Ed
Six-year-old Hillary McKibbin dreams of becoming a rock star one day, but first she must fight a rare blood disorder. Thanks to her mother’s recent #StartWithHillary campaign to find a stem cell donor to save her daughter’s life, hundreds of Ottawans have joined Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell

Securing Canada’s plasma supply


Tuesday, August 06, 2019
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News release
August 6, 2019: With the support of funding governments, Canadian Blood Services plans to increase source plasma collection with dedicated proof-of-concept sites in Sudbury, ON; Lethbridge, AB; and Kelowna, B.C.

A Q&A with medical director Dr. David Allan


Monday, July 22, 2019
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Statement
On May 15, Health Canada published a policy position paper warning Canadian patients of the risks associated with autologous cell therapy products. Health Canada also directed clinics that offer unproven, potentially unsafe treatments to stop offering these services immediately. Canadian Blood