To our WNY community and supporters, remember that social distancing does not mean social disengagement. It is critical that you book an appointment to donate blood in the next month, specifically after April 6, 2020. We are taking appointments ONLY. Our team is working to even out appointment slots to ensure our staff and donors are safe AND the blood supply is stable well into April.
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September 03, 2013
My donations started in the spring of 2010, when I went to a community blood drive at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church where I gave whole blood. Noting my blood type, the staff asked me if I was interested in donating platelets. Unsure of what the process was, I was pleased by the fact that you could donate more than once every 8 weeks, and that you could get a free lunch. (All right, food always tends to get me interested in doing something).
So, with some apprehension, I scheduled an appointment at Southgate in West Seneca in September of 2010. When I arrived the staff was wonderful. Not only were they professional, they had a sense of humor and calmed my first time jitters. The process, lasting up to 2 hours, was truly a simple process where my concerns were met. I was able to watch Television; later WiFi was introduced, giving me time to read e-books, watch videos , listen to music and keep up with emails. In subsequent visits, I signed up for the donor registry, in which, after I pass on, I can still help out.
Since 2010, I have found, from Unyts new donor website, unytsblooddonor.org, that I have donated platelets 70 times. I really was surprised when I found out that I donated that much. To me, the donations every two weeks have become a regular part of my life. I have viewed the staff at Southgate as people who share the same goals as I do; to help those who are cancer patients. I am not skilled in cancer research; I am not a health care professional who aids cancer patients in treatment. I am only a donor, that in some small way, can contribute to helping in the fight against cancer and its destructive nature.
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