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Blood donor clinic tops goal again

District residents stepped up the plate yet again, donating even more blood than hoped for during Canadian Blood Services’ two-day fall donor clinic here last Wednesday and Thursday.

CBS spokesperson Harvey Heather said a total of 395 donors came out to Fort Frances High School, donating a total of 335 units of blood over the two days.

This was 39 units more than its goal for the clinic.

“Things turned out very, very well. It was just a tremendous clinic,” said Heather, adding 335 units potentially could help 1,005 patients in Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba.

He also noted this was the third-straight blood donor clinic here which saw CBS exceed its goal for the number of units donated.

Heather thanked everyone who helped out with the two-day clinic, whether they volunteered, sponsored it, or gave blood, pointing out donors hailed not only from Fort Frances, but district communities such as Emo and even as far away as Atikokan to give “the gift of life.”

CBS has its spring blood donor clinic tentatively scheduled for April 24-25, 2009 at FFHS. Donors are welcome to make appointments anytime prior to then by calling 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

CBS is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the blood supply in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec, as well as oversees the Unrelated Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

On average, about 1,200 units per week are needed to meet the demand for blood, with CBS trying to keep enough on hand to supply each of the hospitals for four days.

One unit (donation) of blood can benefit up to three patients.

Given people are living longer these days, more blood is needed for surgical and transplant procedures. The need for blood is rising an average of two percent each year.

CBS says more than 90,000 new donors will be needed this year to meet the rising demand for blood and blood products.

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