Blood Drive Volunteers are Music Greats

If you read this blog with any frequency you may know that I am a regular blood donor. My double negative blood type makes my red stuff ideal for babies in need of transfusions. How could I not give as often as possible? When the Hema-Quebec folks called me a few weeks ago to letContinue reading “Blood Drive Volunteers are Music Greats”

National Volunteer Week

In Canada this week is National Volunteers Week.  As a regular blood donor I never considered myself to be a volunteer, but Hema-Québec thinks otherwise.  So go on and give it a try, volunteer some blood!   DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit ofContinue reading “National Volunteer Week”

Tornadoes, fires and terrorist attacks all deplete blood supplies; donate today!

With the recent tragic events in the US in mind, including the Boston Marathon bombing, the still mysterious Waco factory fire and the most recent Oklahoma City tornado, one thing that should be driven home is the need for blood. The terrible shrapnel wounds to the Boston victims, many of whom required amputations, illustrated the loss ofContinue reading “Tornadoes, fires and terrorist attacks all deplete blood supplies; donate today!”

Selling blood plasma in Canada; will screening fall prey to profit?

Give blood; give life. The old slogan still holds true today, but the key word is “give”, as in not sell. The idea of cash for blood isn’t new, it has been popular in the US for many years. In Canada the trend has started with several cash for plasma clinics opening in Manitoba andContinue reading “Selling blood plasma in Canada; will screening fall prey to profit?”