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Saving Local Lives During National Blood Donor Month


Contact: Sarah Diina, 400-7249(c),

Saving Local Lives During National Blood Donor Month

WNY’s only community blood back, ConnectLife, is raising awareness about the need for blood donation this January 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.

Mallory and Oaklee Pisarek

“On November 19, 2020, our family welcomed our third child, Oaklee, into the world,” said Mallory Pisarek, resident of North Tonawanda. “Due to pregnancy complications, he was delivered via C-section at Oishei Children’s Hospital and as a result I had a significant amount of blood loss, 14 pints to be exact. The blood I received during my transfusions came directly from donors at ConnectLife and ultimately saved my life.”

ConnectLife needs continued help from the community to ensure that those in need, just like Mallory, are helped through blood donation. Make lifesaving a habit and commit to donating blood with WNY’s only local blood bank in 2023.

During the month of January, all blood donors will receive a pair of Buffalo Bills socks. To find a blood drive near you please visit or call 716.529.4270.

Download this press release below.

Saving Local Lives During National Blood Donor Month
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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.


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