Ranzenhofer sponsors blood drive at Batavia Downs Casino
- Partners with Unyts to celebrate National Donate Life month
- One blood donation can save up to 3 lives
- Encourages enrollment in NYS Donate Life Registry
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be hosting an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts, WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clubhouse of the Batavia Downs Casino.
“Giving the gift of life through a blood donation is critically important,” said Ranzenhofer. “By giving blood, you are helping to make sure there is blood available for your friends and neighbors in their time of need. I encourage residents to help save lives by participating in my Unyts blood drive this Saturday.”
“We are pleased that Senator Ranzenhofer is making this important commitment to the Unyts community blood service. We strive to make sure there is an adequate blood supply in Western New York all year long, and we encourage all local government organizations to contact us if they want to help out,” said Unyts President and CEO Mark Simon.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, residents can contact Unyts at 1-800-227-4771. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors should bring valid photo identification, wear comfortable clothing and drink more fluids than normal on the day of the drive.
Senator Ranzenhofer is also encouraging residents to register for the Donate Life registry. Enrollment forms for the New York State Donate Life Organ and Tissue Registry are available at ranzenhofer.nysenate.gov.
Headquartered in Buffalo and established in 1981, Unyts is among the leading procurement organizations in the United States, and is the only organization of its kind nationwide to offer opportunities for organ, eye, tissue and blood donation. Unyts operates as a not-for-profit serving the eight counties of Western New York and is part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Since beginning collections in June 2007, Unyts has already become the primary supplier of blood products for ECMC, the entire Kaleida Health System and six hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming Counties.
About the 61st Senate District
The 61st Senate District encompasses: the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, and Newstead and the Villages of Akron and Williamsville in Erie County; all of Genesee County; and the Towns of Chili and Riga, the Village of Churchville and part of the City of Rochester in Monroe County.