June 22, 2015
July marks Unyts’ 8 year anniversary as WNY’s only community blood bank. While other blood collection agencies are closing donation centers across the region, Unyts wants the community to know that we are here to stay. Unyts is committed to making it easy for blood donors to give for local patients in need at local hospitals.
Since 2007 Unyts has become the primary supplier of blood products for Kaleida Health, ECMC and all hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming Counties. It is our responsibility to answer the call for blood at our local hospitals, and ensure that we are providing an adequate supply for patients in need. 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.
Sawyer Kenerson from Tonawanda is someone who requires blood products on a regular basis, and he depends on Unyts to make sure Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo has the blood he needs. Six year old Sawyer suffers from a Primary Immune Deficiency disorder called CVID. This disorder is very rare, affecting only 1 in every 50,000 to 75,000 people. Every 4 weeks Sawyer receives a transfusion at the hospital from donated blood products. Without this life saving treatment he would live with constant infections and illness.
“Due to his immune deficiency disorder Sawyer’s life depends on the generosity of strangers donating blood. If there are shortages his health quickly declines. His needs are life long, and this is the only treatment available.” Amy Kenerson, Sawyer’s mom says.
Unyts needs continued help from the community to ensure that those in need, just like Sawyer, are helped through blood donation. Blood drives are conveniently organized across Erie, Niagara and Wyoming Counties 7 days a week in addition to regular hours at four Neighborhood Blood Donation Centers. When you donate with Unyts you can be assured that your blood is staying local for local patients in need. The organization has grown dramatically over the last eight years and will continue to do so as we remain committed to saving and enhancing lives across WNY.