Read Stacy's story of how she came to now be a lifelong blood donor.
"2016 was a rough one for me and my family. My mother got sick in February and passed a month later on March 16, 2016 with the diagnosis of cancer. My father then got sick in June and passed a month later with the diagnosis of a heart attack, liver failure and good pastures disease.
While being in the hospital, visiting each of my parents I witnessed them getting countless units of blood. At that moment, I realized strangers were giving my parents a chance to live.
Exactly one year and a day since I got my last tattoo I started donating blood. My father was alive with my first donation and he was so proud of me. He passed 5 days later on July 16, 2016
I give blood to honor my parents. I have donated 3 times so far and with each time I talk about them to the nurses. We talk about my parents and it gives me the opportunity for me to tell them about what wonderful people they were. It makes me feel so good that I am helping someone who I have never met.
I saw firsthand how my father’s skin pinked and he felt better after a transfusion. I saw firsthand how my mother perked up after getting blood, and that is because strangers did that for them.
The most important thing about giving blood is that you are giving someone a gift of time. More time to be with their family. More time for the doctors to figure out the underlying problem. More time to get things in order.
Giving blood doesn't hurt, and it is relatively quick. I plan on going every 8 weeks until I am not able to anymore."
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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