stem cells

Canucks’ Erik Gudbranson scores with #MenGiveLife (OTTAWA) – Canadian Blood Services and local partners across the country including the Vancouver Canucks have teamed up to run a new #MenGiveLife stem cell recruitment campaign. It runs from September 8 to18, coinciding with World Marrow Donor Day on Saturday, September 17. The goal of the campaign is to boost the number of male donors on Canada’s adult stem cell registry. Stem cells from young men can offer patients better possible outcomes by reducing post-transplant complications such as graft vs. host disease. As men are typically bigger

Canadians can help childhood cancer patients by donating blood, stem cells or cord blood Canadian Blood Services is asking eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood this September in honour of childhood cancer awareness month. “We hope Canadians will consider taking an hour out of their schedule this month to help save the life of a child fighting cancer,” says Mark Donnison, vice-president of donor relations. “With many families returning from summer vacation, we want to encourage them to include blood donation as part of their new regular routine. There are over 55,000 open

Media are invited to join us on June 25 for a first-hand look at Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank. When: June 25, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Where: 40 Concourse Gate, Ottawa, Ontario Who: Heidi Elmoazzen, Director, Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank National resource now available for Canadians in need of stem cells (OTTAWA) – Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank, a national, public health-care resource has been officially launched. Expectant mothers who give birth at participating hospitals can now help build an ethnically diverse stem cell bank in Canada by donating

Record number of potential marrow donors gives renewed hope to blood cancer patients Ottawa, ON—Canadian Blood Services’ stem cell registry called OneMatch is part of a network that now has a record number of people listed as potential stem cell donors. Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW) brings together an international registry of donors, and along with the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) announced today that 25 million people worldwide are potential volunteer stem cell donors. These donors could help save the lives of people battling multiple life-threatening diseases. This

November 15th is National Philanthropy Day NOVEMBER 15, 2014 (CANADA) – To mark National Philanthropy Day on November 15th, Canadian Blood Services is inviting people to make a financial contribution to the For All Canadians campaign. This national, three-year, $12.5 million fundraising campaign will help Canadian Blood Services transform stem cell transplantation in Canada by building a national public cord blood bank that will help give patients access to a greater number of life-saving stem cells. Marshall Eliuk, an entrepreneur in the Peace River area of Alberta, was diagnosed in 2000 with

November 09, 2011 (TORONTO) – The driving force behind increased South Asian participation in blood and stem cell donation, Dr. Abhijit Guha, lost his battle with leukemia on Tuesday, November 8 in Toronto. Dr. Guha was a respected community leader who fought courageously through his personal fight with leukemia to encourage all Canadian South Asians to make stem cell and blood donation a part of their civic responsibilities for all patients. Sue Smith, Executive Director, Stem Cells, remembers Dr. Guha as a trailblazer who brought together his community to establish South Asians 4 Life (SA4L)

Annual Get Swabbed! University Challenge registers new stem cell donors November 1, 2011 (WINDSOR, ON) – This November Ontario celebrates the first annual Katelyn Bedard Bone Marrow Awareness Month to honour the legacy of a Windsor, Ontario toddler who succumbed to illness while waiting for a stem cell transplant. Ontario youth are organizing registration events to bring in hundreds of new stem cell donors to OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network to support patients like Katelyn. Katelyn Bedard Bone Marrow Awareness Month is a result of Bill 80 brought forth by the late MPP Bruce Crozier. MPP

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network working together to save lives September 20, 2011 (OTTAWA) - The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.) and Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network have brought forth a joint resolution to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) that encourages all First Nations people to register with the OneMatch Network. The A.N.A.C. has been working in partnership with OneMatch since 2009 by promoting awareness amongst Aboriginal People for the need to support the

First Nations Chiefs support OneMatch Stem Cell & Marrow Network encouraging registration of more Aboriginal stem cell donors September 27, 2012 (Dartmouth) – A Resolution in support of the OneMatch Network has been passed today by the First Nations Chiefs of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat. The Resolution is intended to encourage First Nations people in Atlantic Canada to register with the OneMatch Network. Improving the health care of First Nations peoples is an important priority for Atlantic First Nations communities, and the passing of the resolution is

Black Canadians urged to ‘make history’ by becoming blood and stem cell donors January 30, 2012 (TORONTO, ON) — Even at age seven, little Kynan Jackson of Halifax knows all too well that one day he may depend on the generosity of a matched blood and stem cell donor to help him. Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at age four, Kynan’s mother Winnell Jackson says she wants her son to have what any mother wants for their child – to lead a normal healthy life, to be active in sports and to do well in school. This year, Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, is marking Black