Unyts and ECMC’s Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation & Kidney Care launched Donate Life Month at a press conference on April 15th. New York State currently has the lowest donor registry rate in the United States, and it is vital that ECMC and Unyts continue to collaborate and concentrate on increasing the community’s knowledge and understanding about the need for donation and transplantation. At the event we heard from Phyllis Murawski, Transplant Administrator at ECMC; Reverend Garney Davis, Pastoral Care at ECMC; Richard Cleland, CEO at ECMC; Mark Simon, CEO at Unyts; Dr. Mareena Zachariah, Transplant Medical Director at ECMC; John and Diana Schmidt, living kidney donor and kidney transplant recipient; Tiffany Alexander-Childs, mother of a transplant recipient.
Donate Life Memorial Garden Planting
We had a great turnout for our annual Donate Life Garden Planting on April 18th. Donor families, recipients, volunteers and staff planted shrubs and flowers in honor of those who have given the gift of life. The sun was shining on Delaware Park as Unyts supporters enjoyed the beautiful Saturday morning!
WNY Goes Blue & Green
Various landmarks across WNY showed their support for Donate Life Month throughout April by illuminating blue & green.
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
The Electric Tower
Donate Life Month Proclamation
Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaimed April as Donate Life Month across New York State.
On April 23rd the Governor’s Regional Representative for WNY, Adam Sassone, visited Unyts to present the organization with the proclamation. The document highlights the need for organ donors in the state and the importance of enrolling on the Donate Life Registry.
Unyts spearheaded this initiative out of Governor Cuomo’s office for Donate Life Month in the hopes of bringing attention to the public health crisis that surrounds donation and transplantation.
Bucket List Bash
What a night! Over 600 people came out to celebrate life at the 4th annual Bucket List Bash at Statler City. Whether you wanted to win big in Vegas, become a Buffalo Bill, Sabre or Bandit, or get a tattoo, you had the chance to do that at the Bash-and much, much more!
The event raised money for Unyts so that we can continue to share the important message of organ, eye, tissue and community blood donation. Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor One Buffalo and all other sponsors and attendees for making the event a huge success!
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Picture Yourself on the BNMC
On Saturday, April 25th Unyts participated in an exciting event with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Over 500 students and their parents attended this event to learn about careers and internship opportunities in clinical care, research, education and entrepreneurship in the hospitals, research institutes, and other organizations on the Medical Campus. Unyts had an organ, eye, tissue and blood station where attendees were able to view video of a cornea transplant, look at various tissue and bone samples, observe a kidney on a kidney pump, and learn how blood is drawn and collected.
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