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Blood donors saved her life. Now she’s asking students to “tap their lifesaving potential”


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Carla Riley-Sloan will talk to students at Red Deer College Tuesday 

From Canadian Blood Services

New donors wanted at campus blood typing event 

Local recipient urges students to tap their lifesaving potential

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Canadian Blood Services and volunteer student recruitment teams on post-secondary campuses across Canada will host blood typing events to encourage students to join Canada’s Lifeline and become blood donors. The Prairie region is hoping to help 3000 students learn their blood type.

Students can discover their blood type, learn about the donation process and how donating blood saves lives. Over 110,000 new blood donors are needed in Canada this year to keep up with demand. Blood recipient Carla Riley-Sloan will share her story to inspire students to be part of Canada’s Lifeline.

Carla was injured when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle speeding through a red light at an intersection. She sustained various injuries including brain damage and spinal trauma and required multiple blood products to survive.

In Red Deer, Canadian Blood Services is hoping to type 150 people to help recruit the 40 new donors needed every week to meet patient demand.

Students can book appointments to give blood at donation events across the Prairie region in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

For more information on blood types visit

WHEN                 1 p.m. Feb 4, 2020  ( event runs 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

WHERE                    Main Forum, Red Deer College

Help us spread the word the need for blood is constant. Tag your social media with the hashtag #CanadasLifeline on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download the GiveBlood app, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283), or book now at Walk-in appointments are also available at all locations.

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization. Regulated by Health Canada as a biologics manufacturer and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health, Canadian Blood Services operates with a national scope, infrastructure and governance that make it unique within Canadian healthcare. In the domain of blood, plasma and stem cells, we provide services for patients on behalf of all provincial and territorial governments except Quebec. The national transplant registry for interprovincial organ sharing and related programs reaches into all provinces and territories, as a biological lifeline for Canadians.


After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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