ConnectLife has seen a tremendous response from our WNY community after our call for blood donors, but our work is not over. Collecting blood is a marathon, not a sprint. Blood donors are needed to consistently give now and in the future.
Remember the words of the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams: "Social distancing does not mean social disengagement."
We will be taking appointments ONLY, for the foreseeable future. Even if you can't find an appointment right now - local patients at WNY hospitals will still need you in the coming weeks. Click here to schedule your appointment to donate blood – appointments available throughout April and May.
Important Update: ConnectLife's Eastern Hills Blood Donation Center is moving to ConnectLife headquarters - effective immediately. We are continuing to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19. Information and resources on COVID-19, blood donation, and social distancing can be found here.
October 07, 2013
I had been donating blood for 15 years, but didn't discover Unyts until the past year. I learned how Unyts keeps the donations in the Western New York Community. I really identified with this.
Sadly, I had only been able to donate once through Unyts before contracting a one-in-a-million blood disease that would eventually force me to rely on the community for donors!
I was diagnosed with an extremely rare blood disorder called TTP. This past August, my platelet count dropped into the necessary ranges for a blood, and my body demanded several transfusions due to low hemoglobin. In 1991, the treatment options were steroids and hope. There was only a 5% mortality rate (which means 95% of people diagnosed with TTP would be dead within weeks or days even, as internal organs start to shut down). Luckily for me, there IS a treatment plan that involves a process called plasmapheresis, where by all the blood gets extracted from the body. It saved my life.
Thank you donors!
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