The need for blood is constant. 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. When you donate blood, you can save up to three lives.

Meet three of those people your donation has the possibility to save.
 
Drake
Drake McKane.pngDrake was only 12 years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph-like ALL) in 2017. Drake and his family spent over 120 days in the hospital for procedures, chemo treatments, and more. He has had several blood and platelet transfusions during his stay at Oishei Children's Hospital and at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

On July 2018, Drake was admitted again for very low critical platelets. His platelet count was a 2, and he had to have 2 blood transfusions and 22 bags of platelets throughout that month. If it wasn’t for the transfusions his family would have lost him. "Platelet donations are so critical for our little cancer patients with all the chemo they get it drops their levels and is so important to be able to get transfused," says Drake's mom.

Jillian
Jillian_web.pngTen years ago, Jillian was on a ventilator in a medically-indused coma. It was an experience she never imagined would happen to her.

She was able to recover, in part, thanks to selfless ConnectLife blood donors. She received numerous blood transfusions that saved her life while she was in the hospital. She is very thankful to those anonymous people that rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life. 

"You don't think it will happen to you, until it does," says Jillian.

Rosanne & Her Three Sons 

Rosanne and three sons_web.pngSaying "the difference between life and death" is just an expression for many of us. But for Rosanne and her family, it was real when her sons needed blood transfusions at birth in order to survive.

Since then, all three boys are thriving and doing well. "I have three, healthy boys because of the selfless people that donated blood," says Rosanne, the mother of these three adorable boys!

When you donate blood with ConnectLife, your donation will help save the lives of up to three Western New Yorkers like Drake and his family, Jillian and her family, and Rosanne and her family. Be a local hero. Make an appointment to donate blood today.

Make your next appointment to donate blood, access your profile, and see your donation history at ConnectLifeGiveBlood.org.