Hamilton District 'B' Blood Donors
2018 - 2019
Blood Donor Clinics - Partners for Life
Bro. Kevin E. Vance
Let me first congratulate and thank our Brother W. Bro Sean Straughan on a very
successful 2 years as District B Blood Donors chair, and pray for his health and
happiness in his future endeavours
This coming Masonic year will be my first time on the district team in any
capacity and I do hope we can all continue to work together as a team for our
partners the Canadian Blood Services.
There is a lot of ways you, as brethren of this fantastic District can help out
at our various clinics, not just donating but volunteering for a couple of hours
per clinic, you can help save a life
Brethren also please remember to write down the "Partners for Life ID" number:
MASO001449 (First O is a letter, second 0 is the number), put it into your
wallet next to your CBS card, give it to your friends and family members, and
please be a proud Partner of such a life saving organization as the Canadian
Remember the CBS motto: "Blood, it's In You To Give"
Sincerely and Fraternally.
District 'B' Blood Donor Chairman
Canadian Blood Services
Partners For Life Number
The first "O" is the letter O and the two "00" after it
Please use it to Register Your Donation
Can You Help a Brother?
On the day I was to retire I received the news that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Bro. Ray A. Young
Since being admitted to hospital I have received 15 blood and platelet
transfusions. Now I am on the receiving end of those Masonic Blood Donor
clinics. We as Masons do good work in the community. However I would like to
challenge you to take it one step further. I would like to encourage you to
enroll in the "One Match" program, the Stem Cell and Marrow Network.
Registering is easy. Click on either of the links below.
www.OneMatch.ca or www.blood.ca for more information.
All it takes is a swab of your cheek or a blood test.
P.D.D.G.M. Hamilton District B
never happen to me". How many
times have we heard or thought this phrase?
Unfortunately for some it becomes "I
can't believe this has happened to me".
Recently in our District, we have been
made aware of at least two brethren who have received the gift of life from
Blood Donations. I am sure many more have not been forthcoming with their need
as a personal choice. Very recently R. W. Bro. Ray Young, P.D.D.G.M. Hamilton
District B shared that he required 15 blood and platelet transfusions for his
diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
"So what can you do?"
Many are not aware that there
is more to giving blood than just making a donation. Canadian Blood Services
also run a program called "One
The following is an excerpt from their web site:
Men have the power to Give
Last year 50% of stem cell donors chosen were young me... Yet they account for
only 20% of the stem cell registry.
Males are more likely to be chosen as donors because they offer better patient
Patients are calling on all 17 to 35
year old men to register to be stem
Join the Give Life movement today and register to be a stem cell donor.
"But I am unable to give
Not everyone is a candidate
for donating blood. You can donate money to Canadian Blood Services and they are
always looking for volunteers. We as a District do a good job of sponsoring
clinics, but there is more to volunteering:
What Would I Be Doing?
As a volunteer, you can help save a life by supporting Canadian Blood Services
in one of the following areas:
SPEAKER'S BUREAU MEMBERS
Brethren, Can you help a Brother? Yes you can in more than one way.
Please share this email with your friends and family. Let's get the word out
there. As Mason's it is our obligation to support our fellow brethren. It's is
also our custom to assist our neighbors and the general public when possible.
Relief and Truth.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
W. Bro. Sean Straughn
Recent Changes to Donation Criteria
The criteria for blood donation are always being reviewed and changes are often
made. You may now BE eligible to donate!
Here are some changes that have recently come into effect. Remember, if you have
any questions or are not sure about your eligibility, please contact one of our
trained health professionals at 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
There is no longer an upper age limit. If you have donated before and are over
71 and would like to book, give us a call! If you have never donated before, you
can start donating at any time after your 17th birthday. It's always the time to
start Giving Life. Give us a call at 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283)
For most types of cancer, you can donate 5 years after your treatment is
complete and you are cancer-free. These include breast, prostate, colon, thyroid
and uterine cancer. And for skin cancer such as squamous cell or basal cell, you
can donate after treatment. We'd love to see you. Book an appointment today.
Getting the flu shot no longer means you can't come in on the day of your shot.
Book anytime. Book an appointment today.
Travelers to locations outside of Canada, the continental U.S. and Europe have a
waiting period of 21 days after their return home before donating blood.
There is other travel that can mean you can't donate but don't assume, you might
be ok to donate!
While taking some medications means you canít donate, most are ok. Most common
medications, such as ones used to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
or depression are all ok. So, if you are currently taking medication and want to
know if you can give blood, check the top 40 acceptable and unacceptable
Men Who Have Sex With Men:
Health Canada has approved our request to reduce the blood donation waiting
period for men who have sex with men from five years to one year. The change
took effect across the country on Aug. 15, 2016. Hema-Quebec will also make the
change at the same time.
New criteria for trans donors took effect on Aug. 15, 2016.
Starting now, female donors will be encouraged to book their next appointment 84
instead of 56 days out to protect their iron levels. Beginning December 10, all
appointments must be booked 84 days out to be ready for a March 5,
2017 eligibility change.
Starting March 5, 2017, male donors will be required to measure 130 g/L on the
hemoglobin test (an increase from today's 125 g/L).