WNY’s ONLY organ, eye, tissue and community blood center.
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Unyts is among the leading procurement organizations in the United States, and is one of the only eight centers nationwide to house organ, eye and tissue procurement in one location. With the addition of Community Blood Service, Unyts has become the first organization of its kind nationwide. Unyts operates as a non-profit serving the eight counties of Western New York and works to assist donor families, coordinate the donation process and increase knowledge and awareness within the community regarding transplantation.
Donate Life Club
The Donate Life Club is a multi-disciplinary program that assists groups of students at area high schools in the planning, development and implementation of a campaign to increase awareness about organ, tissue, and blood donation among their peers. Students involved in the group at their school have an opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills, as well as earn 15 volunteer hours while in the club, with the potential to earn more. Involvement in the Donate Life Club provides students with skills they can apply in future academic and work related activities. This club also allows students the opportunity to establish themselves as members of the community through outreach events.
2014-2015 Donate Life Schools Akron Alden Alexander Allegany Amherst Attica Barker Bemus Point Bennett Bishop Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart Buffalo Seminary Burgard Canisius Cardinal O’Hara Charter School for Applied Technologies Cheektowaga Central City Honors Clarence Depew East East Aurora Eden Emerson School of Hospitality Frontier Grand Island Grover Cleveland Hamburg Health Science Charter Holy Angels Academy ‘10-‘13 closed Hutch-Tech Immaculata Iroquois John F. Kennedy Kenmore East Kenmore West Lackawanna Lafayette Lakeshore Lancaster Lew-Port Lockport Lyndonville McKinley Mt. Mercy Academy Mt. St. Mary Academy Newfane Niagara Catholic Niagara Falls Niagara Wheatfield Nichols North Tonawanda Olmsted Oracle Charter Orchard Park Portville Royalton Hartland South Park St. Joe’s Collegiate St. Mary’s Lancaster Starpoint Sweet Home Tapestry Charter Tonawanda West Seneca East West Seneca West Western New York Maritime Williamsville East Williamsville South
Unyts Facts Organ & Tissue Donation: A single donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people. Over 123,000 individuals are awaiting transplants. Approximately 10% are from NY State. Approximately 74 organ transplants take place every day in the US. Sadly, an average of 18 patients die every day while waiting, simply because the organ they needed did not become available in time. On average, 118 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list each day- one every ten minutes. To sign up to be a donor please visit www.unyts.org, Get Involved.
Community Blood Service One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives. About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. Unyts is the primary supplier of blood products for Kaleida Health, ECMC, and all the hospitals in Niagara & Wyoming Counties. All donated blood stays in WNY to help LOCAL patients in LOCAL hospitals. In 2013, over 25,000 presenting blood & platelet donors, for a total of over 140,000 presenting blood donors since June 2007. Unyts works with over 1,500 community partners to host blood drives across WNY.