October 07, 2013
I had been donating blood for 15 years, but didn't discover Unyts until the past year. I learned how Unyts keeps the donations in the Western New York Community. I really identified with this.
Sadly, I had only been able to donate once through Unyts before contracting a one-in-a-million blood disease that would eventually force me to rely on the community for donors!
I was diagnosed with an extremely rare blood disorder called TTP. This past August, my platelet count dropped into the necessary ranges for a blood, and my body demanded several transfusions due to low hemoglobin. In 1991, the treatment options were steroids and hope. There was only a 5% mortality rate (which means 95% of people diagnosed with TTP would be dead within weeks or days even, as internal organs start to shut down). Luckily for me, there IS a treatment plan that involves a process called plasmapheresis, where by all the blood gets extracted from the body. It saved my life.
Thank you donors!
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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