Larry Morrow is a long time supporter of blood donation. Larry began giving whole blood with Unyts specifically in 2007 when he worked at Niagara Hospice and blood drives were held right at work. He has since retired and continues to donate platelets at the Unyts Eastern Hills Neighborhood Donation Center. Larry said that it feels good to give back, and donating platelets is not as hard as some people think it might be. Larry and his wife have many friends at church who have been touched by blood donation and the Unyts mission. In addition, Larry knows firsthand the importance of donating. When he was a youngster, at eight years old, he was struck by a drunk driver while crossing the street. He sustained serious injuries which resulted in needing a blood transfusion and also put him in a body cast for six months – a trying time in his life!
From Larry, “The nurses are great people and all you have to do it sit around and let other people pamper you. My donation through Unyts is but a small portion of what I have received myself. I appreciate the opportunity to give back with the blood God has given me. My donation is one way for me to express my thanks. God has blessed me with many more platelets than I need, and I have no use for all the extra ones. If the platelets help others to heal, recover, or even live through some traumatic event, then God Bless them. I am more than willing to give the little back that I am able. Thanks to all the workers at Unyts that make the experience as pleasant as possible. They each do an exceptional job in making sure all my needs are met while here. My wife, Allie, and I are treated very well, much like family while here.”
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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