This summer, make the move from being a potential donor to an active donor

Montréal, June 14, 2010 – As part of the third National Blood Donor Week, which starts today and ends on June 20, Héma-Québec would like to remind the public about the importance of giving blood and thank all those who contribute to this cause.

National Blood Donor Week takes place in the wake of World Blood Donor Day, which is celebrated every June 14. This year, the theme for both events is Youth: New Blood for the World.

In addition to highlighting the fundamental role played by blood donors with respect to their fellow citizens, National Blood Donor Week appeals to the younger generation to ensure the sustainability of the collective reserve.

"As a result of the limited life of blood products, maintaining Québec's blood reserve at a sufficient level is a real challenge. Every day, no fewer than 1,000 blood donations are required to satisfy the hospitals' needs," said Dr. Francine Décary, President and Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec.

In Québec, some 16,000 volunteers and 300,000 donors contribute each year to maintaining the collective reserve managed by Héma-Québec.

During National Blood Donor Week, Héma-Québec honours the men and women who cultivate the giving of oneself and help some 80,000 patients receive blood transfusions each year,”added Dr. Décary.

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About Héma-Québec 

Héma-Québec aims to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet all Quebecers’ needs; provide and develop expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.

Give blood. Give life.

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