July 02, 2015
In 2010 Alisa and Marion Smith’s son Ashton became very ill at just 6 weeks old. While he was in the hospital on life support Ashton received platelets and whole blood to help keep him alive. Today Ashton is 5 ½ years old and thriving, thanks to the many people who donated blood.
Alisa and Marion are regular Unyts blood donors now so that they can help give back to other patients in need. “We donate to help give others a fighting chance, in honor of Ashton and our other son Preston” Alisa said.
The Smith’s typically donate at either Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo or one of Unyts’ Neighborhood Donation Centers. They want anyone who is thinking about donating blood to know that the feeling you get from giving the Gift of life to someone else is overwhelming. Donating blood saves lives, and it could be a family member who needs it next. There’s no greater feeling.
Make your next donation appointment to save lives now. Here are our community blood donation centers.
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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