October 10, 2016
This is my Mom. Jean Clontz. She received countless blood transfusions throughout 2015. She had two major surgeries and many other procedures to try and keep her arteries in her leg open. Each time she had a procedure she had to take blood thinners which caused internal bleeding; which then led to her need for blood transfusions. Doctors would have to stop blood thinners which again led to no blood flow in her leg. It was a vicious cycle that happened every month from February to September of last year. All the procedures eventually led to kidney failure and my Mom passed away October 21.
There are no words except to say thank you. If anyone thinks donating blood is no big deal, think again; it's a huge deal.
Story shared by Karen Patterson, Jean Clontz's daughter
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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