The Knights of Columbus and Blood Donation: Rallying to One Cause

    MONTREAL, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Héma-Québec President and Chief Officer,
Dr. Francine Décary, congratulates the Order of the Knights of Columbus of
Québec, recipient of a prestigious international award for its extraordinary
contribution to the blood donation cause, awarded by the AABB (Advancing
Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide), a prominent association in the
field of blood, blood products, stem cells and transfusion medicine.
    "If Héma-Québec is able to meet the needs of hospitals for blood
products, it is foremost thanks to the unwavering support of organizing
committees such as those from the Knights of Columbus, volunteers and donors
who make possible some 2,000 blood drives each year in Québec. Without this
precious contribution, our mission would be at stake," declared Dr. Francine
    Each year, the organizing committees and their team of volunteers
organized numerous blood drives and thus contribute to maintaining Quebec's
blood reserve at sufficient level. Since the inception of Héma-Québec, 10
years ago, the Order of the Knights of Columbus has accomplished the feat of
organizing more than 1,530 blood drives, in which more than 236,000 donors
gave blood.
    "It is magnificent to realize the continued chain of sharing the Order of
the Knights' invaluable contribution has created. Tens of thousands of people
with illnesses in Québec have been able to recover thanks to the efforts of
those who are concerned by the state of the collective blood supply," added
Dr. Décary.

    About Héma-Québec

    Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of
safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to
meet the needs of all Quebecers; provide and develop expertise along with
specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion
medicine and human tissue transplantation.
    Héma-Québec is close to 1,100 employees, some 2,000 days of blood drives,
16,000 volunteer partners and more than 460,000 blood products delivered each
year to Québec hospitals to meet patients' needs.

    Give blood. Give life.

For further information:

For further information: Valérie Legault, Information Officer, (514)
832-0871,;; Source:
Laurent Paul Ménard, Communications Director

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