March 04, 2013
I started donating at Lockort Memorial over 4 years ago. My wife worked and volunteers at the hospital, and I came to know Unyts at a hospital drive. After donating whole blood I received a letter from Unyts to let me know that I was a good candidate for donating platelets.
After finding out more about the procedure and that the product has a short shelf life, I felt the need was greater to donate platelets. I began donating religiously every 2 weeks. I enjoy the 2 hours with the staff. The joke at my house is that I donate every 2 weeks for a couple of hours to give my wife some peace and quiet.
I know that all the products that Unyts collects stay right here in WNY. That matters to me. I want to donate where it will do the most good.
Mr. McKenna has completed 2 straight years of 24 donations in one year. What an amazing guy!
Headquartered in downtown Buffalo and established in 1981.
Unyts is among the leading procurement organizations in the United States, and is one of the only eight centers nationwide to house organ, tissue and eye procurement in one location. With the addition of Community Blood Service, Unyts has become the first organization of its kind nationwide. Unyts operates as a non-profit serving the eight counties of Western New York and works to assist donor families, coordinate the donation process and increase knowledge and awareness within the community regarding transplantation.
Unyts routinely has helped to secure higher rates of donation in Western New York than the national average. When approached following the death of a loved-one for organ donation, Western New York families are very generous. In 2014 the Unyts conversion rate was 81.5%– the national average was 63.2%. Due to these numbers, Unyts is ranked as one of the top procurement organizations nationwide. As recently as 1997, Unyts had just 200 donors; in 2014 the organization surpassed 1,200.
The organization’s network and success have gone hand-in-hand, and as a result, Unyts has been able to spread the message that transplantation is vital – and transplantation saves lives. Unyts is currently headed by President & CEO Mark Simon, and Chair of the Board of Directors David Carlson.
*As of January 1, 2012, Unyts operates under, d/b/a Unyts, WNY’s only Organ, Eye, Tissue and Community Blood Center. We are no longer Upstate NY Transplant Services.
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