Unyts Relationship Development Manager Karen Sorrentino was presented a proclamation at North Tonawanda's Nov. 1 Common Council meeting. The proclamation recognized Unyts' service to the residents of Western New York and the organization's efforts to provide essential life-saving measures by way of blood, tissue and organ donation services.
"The Common Council and I extend our deepest appreciation to Unyts as we send a 'call to action' for the citizens of North Tonawanda to donate blood anytime, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, at any Unyts ... location," Pappas said. "By giving blood, you are making sure your family, friends or other members of the community get what they need. Whether it's for an emergency blood transfusion or the transplant of an organ for the chronically sick, the efforts of Unyts in community health deserves the recognition it receives."
Unyts, established in downtown Buffalo in 1981, is one of eight centers nationwide housing organ, tissue and eye procurement in one location.
Organ donation within Western New York exceeds the national average by 18 percent. As recently as 1997, Unyts had 200 donors. In 2014, the organization surpassed 1,200 donors.
"Serving the needs of DeGraff Memorial is all about partnerships for us: donors, patients and doctors," Sorrentino said. "Truly, giving the 'Gift of Life' would not be possible without the great support from those around us. Donors are confident that their blood donation with Unyts will save someone in their community. We are very grateful for their continued support, especially through the holiday season!"
Unyts operates as a not-for-profit organization, serving the eight counties of Western New York. It is part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
For more information, visit www.unytsblooddonor.org or call 716-512-7940.