SOURCE: Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services

December 01, 2015 08:00 ET

#GiveLife This GivingTuesday

Your Financial Donation Has the Power to Give Life

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - December 01, 2015) - Canadian Blood Services is once again participating in GivingTuesday, designed to celebrate and encourage charitable activities. This year the proceeds of this online event will be directed towards blood and stem cell research. Stem cells are already used to treat more than 80 diseases and disorders. Your financial donation has the power to help Canadian Blood Services conduct research that can lead to better outcomes for patients and save more lives -- like Mackenzie's.

In 2013, at just 16 years old, Mackenzie was diagnosed with cancer and during her treatment she required 27 blood transfusions and a lifesaving stem cell transplant. A match was found for Mackenzie through Canadian Blood Services' OneMatch and Stem Cell Network.

"I am proud to be supporting Canadian Blood Services in raising money that will be directed towards blood and stem cell research," said Mackenzie. "Without my stem cell treatment, and a generous donor, I may not have had the opportunity to celebrate this holiday season with my family."

Canadian Blood Services conducts and supports world class research and education activities in transfusion and transplantation science. Canadian Blood Services is building a network of partners who are dedicated to advancing patient care by supporting research, the development of new products and services for transfusion and transplantation, and the sharing of knowledge.

GivingTuesday has grown into a global movement of generosity timed to follow and provide balance to the consumerism of the shopping season by celebrating and encouraging activities that support charities and non-profits. Canadian Blood Services has joined the movement, along with over 3,000 participating partners to make a difference this holiday season.

You can make a financial donation online at blood.ca/givingtuesday and encourage your friends and people within your social networks to do the same. Don't forget to follow our progress on Twitter at @itsinyoutogive and #givingtuesdayca.

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.

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