Christine Allen began donating blood with Unyts while attending Wheatfield High School. She tells us that her first blood donation was with Unyts, and while she's donated with other organizations since that first donation, Unyts is by far her favorite.
"The people are always kind, compassionate and make you feel comfortable. After donating you leave feeling appreciated," Christine said.
Her blood donation experiences were so impactful that Christine decided she wanted to do more with the organization and became a Unyts volunteer in 2015.
"I wanted to give back to this incredible organization and hopefully provide the donors with the same great experiences I have had over the past 8 years donating blood with Unyts," she said.
"What I find most rewarding about volunteering is the impact I can have. Each person I can convince to join the organ donor registry can potentially save several lives," Christine said. "I also really enjoy conversing with all the donors and I hope they leave with a sense that they made a difference and that their efforts are appreciated."
Christine is not only a blood donor and a Unyts volunteer, but she also works in the medical field and sees first hand every day the impact that blood donations have on our community.
"I see firsthand people who require blood products or who are waiting for an organ transplant. With Unyts I have the ability to encourage people to become an organ donor, and give the gift of life. I enjoy the opportunity Unyts affords me to educate the public on organ donation."
Christine urges everyone to donate as often as you can and we do too! We're thankful for blood donors like Christine!
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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