Hannah Wiater of Batavia, NY has been donating with Unyts since attending Alexander Central High School in Alexander, NY. She continues to donate whenever she drives through Buffalo and has the opportunity to donate. As a nursing student, she knows how important it is to give blood – especially as the need increases during the holiday season.
Hannah says, “Seeing blood transfusions in the hospital setting and seeing how important it is first hand makes it even more real how blood donation can save a life. I've had the opportunity to see blood typing in a lab, and all the steps that go into checking the compatibility of the donor and recipient. I always keep in mind that I would hope that someone would donate if I, a loved one, or my patient was in need.”
For Hannah, the best part about donating blood is the satisfaction of knowing she helped someone who is going through a tough time. Being able to help improve their health and lift their spirits is the next best thing to being able to help them directly as a nurse.
Think you’re too busy to donate? Hannah urges you to think otherwise. “In an instant your life can be turned upside down and either you or a loved one could be in need of a blood transfusion. I want people to realize that without donors taking some time out of their day every once in awhile, there would [be no blood available] to help impact the lives of others.”
Interested in saving lives through blood donation? Learn more about the process or head over to Donor For Life and make an appointment!
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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