More than 7000 blood donors are needed in Canada, especially those with O-negative type blood.

Canadian Blood Services says appointments need to be filled by April 10th to replenish supplies to continue to meet patient needs.

Cancer patients, accident victims, and those with other disorders rely on blood, platelets, and plasma donations every day.

This helps patients like ten-year-old Olivia Blundon.  Canadian Blood Services says she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and in the months that followed, she needed more than 100 blood and platelet transfusions. She has since required a stem cell transplant, has been diagnosed with thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) and will eventually need a kidney transplant. Olivia’s condition is closely monitored and the possibility of future transfusions remains high. Her family is counting on donors to maintain the blood supply so that she can get the blood she needs when she needs it.

There is a continuous need for all blood types, there is a greater need for donors who have O-negative type blood, which can be transfused to any patient.

Appointments can be made at, through the GiveBlood app or by calling 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283).