Contact: Sarah Diina, 400-7249(c), sdiina@ConnectLife.org

Saving Local Lives During National Blood Donor Month

WNY’s only community blood back, ConnectLife, is raising awareness about the need for blood donation during National Blood Donor Month. Most people think about donating blood when there is an emergency, but we want people to make an effort to donate throughout the year.

All of the blood donated to ConnectLife stays local, helping nearly every hospital in Western New York’s eight counties maintain safe inventory levels. And for every pint of blood donated, we save the lives of three of our neighbors. Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and over 41,000 donations are required each day to meet this need. The very young, from the tiniest of preemies in a hospital’s neonatal unit, to an elderly patient suffering from a blood disorder, all benefit from blood’s life-sustaining qualities.

13-year-old Drake McKane of Chautauqua County is someone who has required blood products. Drake recently completed a two-year battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Throughout Drake’s treatment for ALL he received over 60 blood transfusions. Many of the transfusions took place at Oishei Children’s Hospital with blood provided by ConnectLife. 

ConnectLife needs continued help from the community to ensure that those in need, just like Drake, are helped through blood donation. Make lifesaving a habit, and commit to donating blood with WNY’s only local blood bank in 2020. To find a blood drive near you please visit www.ConnectLifeGiveBlood.org.

Download the official press release here.


Unyts is now ConnectLife! ConnectLife helps people help others. As a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization and community blood bank, we save and enhance lives through organ, eye, tissue and blood donations.