Hamilton District 'B' Blood Donors 2017 - 2018
Can You Help a Brother?
On the day I was to retire I received the news that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
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. You see I am in need of a stem cell donor. Even if you are not a match with me, you can possibly help save someone's life.
Registering is easy. Click on either of the links below.
All it takes is a swab of your cheek or a blood test.
Hopefully a matching donor can be found for me before my time runs out.
Bro. Ray A. Young
P.D.D.G.M. Hamilton District B
"It will 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?"
The following is an excerpt from their web site:
Men have the power to Give Life.
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 outcomes post-transplant.
Patients are calling on all 17 to 35 year old men to register to be stem cell donors.
Join the Give Life movement today and register to be a stem cell donor.
R. W. Bro. Ray Young is in need of a stem cell donor. Even if you are not a match with him, you can possibly save someone's life.
"But I am unable to give blood."
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.
Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
W. Bro. Sean Straughan
District B Blood Donors Chairman.
HAMILTON MASONS DISTRICT 'B'
BLOOD DONOR CLINICS
2018 - 2019
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 medications first.
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 , all appointments must be booked 84 days out to be ready for a eligibility change.
Starting , male donors will be required to measure 130 g/L on the hemoglobin test (an increase from today's 125 g/L).
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