TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - This morning Rhiannon Traill, President
and CEO of The Economic Club of Canada announced the Club's official
support for Canadian Blood Services campaign called "For All
Canadians'. The announcement was made at the Club's Annual Economic
Outlook Breakfast where approximately 1000 senior business people
gathered to hear Canada's Chief Economists give their financial
forecast for the upcoming year.
Canadian Blood Services oversees One Match, the Canadian national stem
cell and marrow registry. This service facilitates matches between
patients with blood diseases, such as leukemia and lymphoma, requiring
stem cell therapies and their potential donors. The demand for stem
cell transplants is growing at a staggering rate - in fact, it has
tripled over the past five years. Right now there are nearly 1,000
Canadian patients searching for a stem cell match.
An important source of stem cells for clinical transplant therapy comes
from umbilical cord blood. These stem cells offer improved outcomes for
patients and are a readily available source since the umbilical cord is
typically discarded as medical waste following delivery. Canada is the
only G8 country without a national public cord blood bank.
Through a fundraising campaign called "For All Canadians," Canadian Blood Services is in the process of establishing a national
public umbilical cord blood bank. Canadian Blood Services are seeking
to raise $12.5 million in community support by 2014 to get this stem
cell bank up and running, which will then be supported and maintained
through funding from the provincial and territorial governments.
"When I first heard about this campaign it immediately stuck a chord
with me and I instantly knew I wanted to be involved. My husband was
diagnosed with Leukemia in 2010 so I know first hand how important a
national umbilical cord bank is for Canadian's. It can literally mean
the difference between life and death", says Traill.
Canadian Blood Services are seeking to raise $12.5 million in community
support by 2014 to get this stem cell bank up and running, which will
then be supported and maintained through funding from the provincial
and territorial governments.
"I am delighted to hear that the Economic Club of Canada has thrown
their financial support behind our campaign "For All Canadians," says
Dr. Graham Sher, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Blood Services."By
donating one-dollar from all ticket sales this year towards our
campaign, we will be able to reach our goal of raising $12.5-million
sooner, in order to build a national public cord blood bank accessible
to all Canadians in need of a stem cell match."
SOURCE: The Economic Club of Canada
For further information:
about the campaign "For All Canadians" or the Economic Club of Canada please contact:
Communications Specialist, Public Affairs
Canadian Blood Services
Tel: (613) 739-2506
Cell: (613) 298-4231
President & CEO
The Economic Club of Canada
80 Richmond St. West, Suite 501
Toronto, ON M5H 2A4