Every day, someone in Canada needs blood. Approximately 52 percent of Canadians need blood for themselves or for a family member. If this number is not enough to convince you that it's worth it, here are other blood facts.

  • there is no substitute for human blood
  • blood makes up about 7% of your body's weight
  • blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all of the body
  • blood fights against infection and helps heals wounds
  • blood centers often have shortages of type O and B blood
  • shortages of all blood types usually occur during the summer and winter holidays
  • 25% of blood products are used to treat cancer patients
  • one out of every ten people in the hospital need blood
  • severe burn patients need the platelets from  blood donation
  • if all blood donors gave three times a year, blood shortages would be a rare event (The current average is about two)
  • 46.5 gallons: amount of blood you could donate if you begin at age 17 and donate every 56 days until you reach 79 years old
  • you cannot get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood
  • giving blood will not decrease your strength

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