Scott Robinson passed away at home and was registered to be an organ donor. His mom, Geri Robinson explains how that day changed the family’s life and their view on the importance of blood and organ donation.
Even though he wasn't fond of medical procedures and needles, Scott had told me that he thought donating blood was an easy way to help others so we should just go ahead and do it! I was surprised to receive the call from Unyts the day Scott died as I didn't know he had also registered to be an organ donor.
Scott was a sophomore Poetry major at Yale University. My son loved poetry! This information was unknown to the staff at Unyts. On the day of his wake I was blessed to receive a call from a staff member there who wanted me to know that on that very day his corneas were being donated. One was to an 88 year old woman (I work with the elderly whom I dearly love working with). And the other, which has brought great happiness and peace to me, was donated to a 19 year old student who just happened to attend a local college where she was a poetry major! Someone was seeing through my son's eyes the same deep love of poetry that he did. Incredible!
My other son, Christopher and myself donate blood with Unyts in Scott’s memory as he is still very much a part of our family. Making these donations helps us to bring peace to our hearts in the fact that we can continue what Scott started......to help others in need.
"I never put much thought into organ donations until hearing from Unyts after Scott passed. They were able to give life to many others because my brother made this choice. I love the fact that there are little pieces of Scott walking around all over the place. Being an organ donor is a beautiful thing. Giving blood is just something everyone should do," explained Christopher.
We believe in Unyts because what is a more beautiful, lasting gift that you can give to another person! A part of my son still is giving on this earth and our family has gained an angel!
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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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