March 05, 2015
Curiosity is what began my involvement with donating blood to Unyts. I first found out about Unyts during my senior year of high school through the Donate Life program. However, donating blood was the furthest thing from my mind as I have always had a huge fear of needles. Instead, I signed up to be an organ donor when I turned 18. A couple of years later I saw a flyer for an upcoming drive at my work. It was my curiosity to find out my blood type that finally made me take the plunge and donate blood.
That first time, I found out my hemoglobin levels were too low to donate. That didn’t deter me because I was on a mission to donate. The Unyts staff was so friendly and relaxing that I decided to go to their next mobile location to donate. They calmed my fear of needles and made it as painless as possible. When it was over, I left happy, knowing that the blood I just donated could help save the lives of up to 3 people in WNY. Now I donate whenever I am able, even though my fear of needles remains. I enjoy traveling to Unyts different mobile sites to donate whether it is by work, school, my house or just somewhere because I feel like it. No matter where I go, the people are friendly, calming, and can even hold a good conversation too.
Though the curiosity has disappeared, I still donate. I donate because there are people in need and I know I can help make a difference. I donate in honor of my mom, grandma, and aunt: all of whom have had cancer. I donate because I enjoy interacting with people who are passionate about saving lives. I hope that I will never need a blood transfusion, but I know that life is unpredictable, so I donate in the hopes that I can encourage others to do the same. I donate because I can.
For more information about becoming a blood donor and a list of our Neighborhood Blood Donation Centers, please visit this page.
4444 Bryant and Stratton Way
Williamsville, NY 14221