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Friday October 12th, 2012

Posted at 11:00am

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Guest Article by: Asil Moussa

October is breast cancer awareness month, and did you know that each cancer treatment needs five units of blood? Save a cancer patient’s life; donate blood at the Canadian Blood Services’ full blood donor clinic, which is in the CAW Student Centre’s Ambassador Auditorium on Monday, October 15th from 10am to 4pm.

Nuha Elalem is a member of the University of Windsor’s Young Blood Club, the group of students that advertises for and volunteers at the university’s blood clinic, since last winter when a friend inspired her to join.

The eight-time blood donor said the best part about donating blood is “at the end when the nurse pats your back and really thanks you for donating the blood because it seems like such a personal thing, even though you don’t know who your donating it for, they [the nurses] seem genuinely thankful and grateful that you’ve come and volunteered to donate blood.”

The blood clinic’s goal last month was 86 donations and the actual outcome was 128 donations, about 1.5 times the goal.

“If something so easily done can save someone’s life, it’s worth doing,” said Elalem.

The Young Blood Club will also be handing out raffle tickets, where the winner will get a prize sponsored by a local business, to donors at the clinic as well as students who recruit a first-time donor. So if you are ineligible to donate, you can still participate in the raffle.

To book an appointment, you can call Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or go onto their website for online booking. Walk-ins are also welcome but appointments are encouraged to accommodate donors’ busy schedule.

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