February is Black History Month and Canadian Blood Services has found a unique way to mark it.
The Toronto Sun reports the agency responsible for acquiring and administering blood and blood products is urging Canadians of African and Caribbean heritage to celebrate their culture by donating blood and stem cells.
The Canadian Blood Services Agency web site spells out the need in a news release posted last week.
"Today, one of the health issues facing the black community is providing young, healthy and committed blood and stem cell donors for both the blood program and Canada's stem cell network — OneMatch," it reads.
"Canadians need stem cell transplants to treat potentially life-threatening illnesses including cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and other diseases."
Blood and stem cells are crucial to treating sickle-cell anemia, a disease predominantly found among people of African heritage, which affects about 7,000 Canadians.
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