August 08, 2016
For Linda Saeman donating blood for Unyts was something that her husband did, but an illness causing him to take blood thinners now prevents him from helping out a cause he cares about. Seeing how upset her husband was with the news that he couldn’t donate any longer, Linda knew there was only one thing to do.
“It really saddened him that he couldn’t donate. He is just that kind of guy that does what he needs to do to help people so he was upset he couldn’t donate anymore. I knew that I had to step in and take his place.”
Linda says that it’s an easy thing to do. “I had never donated before, but it meant a lot to him and it’s so easy to come here and donate. You guys come right to my office,” Linda said with a big smile.
Thanks Linda for helping our community! You can help our community too, but making an appointment to donate today. Find a drive near you today.
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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