January 07, 2016
Mike Rosen shares why he donates with Unyts:
I have been a pints for half pints donor for quite some time now. I have donated on and off through the years, first with the American Red Cross and then with Unyts when they came into the area. I like knowing that Unyts keeps the majority of its donations in local hospitals. Once I learned I was part of the pints for half pints program, it was great to know where and who my blood donations are going to, kids in need at Buffalo’s Women & Childrens Hospital. Helping the tiniest of babies has to make anyone feel good!!
I have had a grandmother and uncle who have had open heart bypass surgeries and my mother in law had emergency surgery approximately 1 1/2 years ago, resulting in a valve replacement. Also, my grandfather had an accident in the summer of 2014 where the riding lawnmower he was on rolled over on him, requiring his to be Mercy Flighted to ECMC for treatment and I believe he received blood.
In addition to all of the above, I have been a volunteer firefighter for about 13 years and an EMT for about 10 years. While performing those duties, I have been involved in many situations where the need for blood existed, seeing and treating various types of injuries. I am sure many I have treated would not have survived without blood donations and an adequate supply of blood on hand.
People should know that giving blood allows others a chance continue to live their life, battle through serious injuries or illness, and takes really no effort. A little bit of time out of your day can make the difference of someone else making it to see another day. And the staff at Unyts has always been so friendly and easy to work with that before you know it, your donation is complete.
Knowing my blood donations go to the babies at Women & Children just makes for such a good feeling knowing that some of the tiniest babies have a chance at one more day, or week, or years!
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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