Milestone Blood Donors

January 28th, 2015

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We would like to recognize and congratulate those who have given the Gift of Life through blood donation with Unyts. Unyts is the primary supplier of blood products for Kaleida Health, ECMC, and all the hospitals in Niagara & Wyoming Counties. When you donate through our community blood bank, you ensure that your friends and family have the blood products available when they need them. This is why we feel it is so important to thank those who have been loyal donors and heroes to the Western New York community!

These Unyts donors have reached a 1 gallon donation or more in 2014!

JOHN WILCOX
MARY CLANCY
DAVID ROGERS
EDMUND SHAW
URSULA BORCZYNSKI
WILLIAM LARKIN
LOUIS BOBSEIN
JAMES CYRAN
JEAN ALDINGER
JOHN DEMARCO
DAVID THOMAS
KIM COWLING
ANN RICHARDSON
GERALD OLIVIERI
DARLA KELLY
STACY GREEN
NAIDA DEJESUS
HERBERT WILBER
DIANE BLAIR
NOEL DILL
WALLACE COATES
PAUL NEUNER
LINDA PAWENSKI
ALFRED SCHRADER
JAMES CASSENTI
JOHN HASLAM
RENE OSTOLSKI
JOHN WRONA
PHILIP CAMPANELLA
MARYANN NADOLINSKI
JULIE SENKO
SANDRA CHIAMPOU
LORRAINE RICHARDSON
DARLENE BECKETT
GREGORY ILLIG
PHYLLIS MASSINO
JAMES ANTONIK
WILLIAM SCHAAB
SCOTT CASSATT
MATTHEW PETROSKI
AMY GROSSMAN
ALFONSO ODDO
MARY DRESCHER
PETER WYDYSH
CHRISTINE PYZYNSKI
JILAINE JONES
ELLEN STAYGELEN
MONICA ROLAND
TREVOR WILSON
ROBERT ZAK
DAVID HELLMANN
DEBORAH REASE
BRIGID MONICA
JOSEPH PIRRONE
DEBRA FENNELL
WENDY MITCHELL
MEGAN PLUNKETT
CHELSEA SHARPE
APRIL WOODCOCK
SARAH MUNELLA
EMILY SCOTT
HEATHER SCRIPP
MICHELE DARLING
CASSANDRA VICTOR
RONALD HOFFMAN
MEG DENNY
RHONDA FEDERSPIEL
COLLEEN CORCORAN
EDDY HAIDAR
LARRY SCINTA
SARAH MURPHY
BRIAN BECKER
MARTHA HICKEY
TIFFANY KWIATKOWSKI
JACOB HILDEBRAND
SHERRLYN BROOME
JAMES VANOSS
CAROL SZALACH
KAREN RIKER
JAY SCHWARTZ
MEGHAN KADELL
LAUREN TEMPENY
PATRICK BEITER
FRANCINE MODICAMORE
MICHAEL JOLY
KRISTEN CASSIDY
BRIAN ROSS
JOAN AQUILA
EMMETT HENRY
MARILYN FAZIO
PAULA HALLADAYTRAVIS
JANET PYSZCZYNSKI
MARIE FEELEY
SUSAN BENOIT
ANDREA CURTIS
LOIS BATEMAN
MARY BENGART
DOUGLAS SNYDER
JAMES MCANDREW
YOLANDA CHAMBLISS
EILEEN WEKENMANN
SHARON STEVENS
CORY REHO
PAULA WASSINK
DAWN DARCY
BRADLEY EGAN
MALLORY EHLERS
DUANE TRAPANI
PETER MARTH
JOSEPH NEMEROWICZ
MATHEW VEGA
JOSEPH PAUL
DONALD DAVIS
CHRISTINA NOWICKI
JAMES ROBBINS
KRISTINA PHELAN
AMANDA GAGNON
RONALD CLARK
AYOUB YAZBECK
SETH RUEGER
CARMEN MARRA
WARREN KRUTCHICK
MICHELLE EASTMER
BRITTANY PIVARSI
RENEE MERTZ
JENNIFER GIGLIA
SHARI WYPIJ
ADAM SHAVER
JAMES KREY
PHILIP SERAFINI
CRAIG LEHNER
ANNE BRONSON
CHRISTINA LOTEMPIO
STEPHANIE JONES
ALLISON SULKOWSKI
BARBARA GOULD
TYLER KRUTCHICK
AMANDA RIPSON
ADAM STEPHANY
JUDITH MURCKO
TERRANCE ZIUKO
ELIZABETH GILBERT
RICHARD REIFSNYDER
DIANA BIRKMAN
ANGELA HERRICK
MARY WERNER
MARGARET DAVIS
MICHAEL RENZONI
BARBARA HART
ROBERT LAMONTE
PATRICIA HOOPER
JOSEPH CONSIGLIO
GERALD SMITH
JAMES BIALASIK
KAREN SWIERSKI
LEANN EGGLESTON
DIANE REYNOLDS
ERIC CARPENTER
SARA HUBER
KARL TELESCO
LORI WILLISON
HEATHER RUDERMAN
ADAM SOBIERAJ
MARIA PRYGON
PATRICIA PAULSEN
JILL KROENING
PETER MAZUROWSKI
RONALD HAMMOND
DONALD FREEDMAN
MELISSA AMOIA
JOHN CLAYTON
MOLLIE WARDCRESCENTE
ERIN POPE
KATHLEEN RICHARDSON
KIM CONGI
LISA SCHLEY
JORDAN TRIPI
VALERIYA NIKOLAYEVA
DANIEL RUSIN
MARK MONICA
SCOTT WASHBURN
ALAN DOZORETZ
VALERIE KESSINGER
GEOFFREY BURNS
WILLIAM GIAMBELLUCA
SHERYL KELLER
MEGAN TUSKES
BETH JONES
JODI ARTHUR
ROBIN MCFAYDEN
ROBERT MONROE
MICHAEL BOROWIAK
MAUREEN GUZZO
JACOB GRIFFIS
KARL ROHDE
FLORENCE LUKSCH
THOMAS SILLUZIO
DAVID COOPER
VICTORIA LANDSMAN
DAWN SHAVER
SABRINA LONDON
FRANK URBINO
CHRISTOPHER COUGHLIN
JACQUELINE KRAEMER
KATHLEEN MAISANO
JAMIE STEINWACHS
KIM MOLINARO
STACY DIEROLF
BARRY DEBBINS
JOANNE LUEDKE
WAYNE NERO
MARIE VILLARI
KAREN SMITH
PATRICIA DAYHARDING
TERESA MANGAN
DEBRA MAITLAND
MARIA RODAS
LEAH TAYLOR
DIANE DITONDO
YVONNE DEMBSKI
AMY MIRAND
DONALD SETH
BETH HARRIGER
NICHOLAS ICKOWSKI
KARAANN MOORE
SUZANNE JANOWSKY
LATASHA HOWARD
MICHAEL KOSOWSKI
DEVLYNN CHLEBOWY
JAY COLLIER
KATHLEEN HABERMAN
KATELYN GRIMM
PATRICIA LALONDE
JOSEPH SMOLEN
PEGGIE GIAMBRA
MICHAEL HINEMAN
JOSEPH KARAS
KATIE FELDMANN
ELISE WALSH
JAMES FAGAN
BETSY CAHILL
JULIE SULLIVAN
ANDREW GEWURZ
JENNIFER KOPP
KYLE WEEKS
KATHLEEN DUNWOODIEAMAN
DAVID MELI
MARY WHEATLEY
ARLIE SEARS
ANDREW KUCHARSKI
JOHN ZASTEMPOWSKI
WAYNE KROLLMAN
ROGER KIELY
LAWRENCE DUNWOODIE
RONALD STEFANSKI
BARBARA DUGAN
ANTHONY GAROFALO
RICHARD WADE
LANCE SKOWRON
JOSEPH KIRCHMYER
DAWN WOLF
BARBARA ANDERSON
NATHAN BABBITT
TIMOTHY HOWE
TERENCE DOLAN
WAYNE FRYS
SEAN FETZER
STEPHEN VUKELIC
JOHN KASKA
MARY SCAMACCA
AMY KLOPP
JOSEPH WELLS
CYNTHIA ABBOTT
JEFFREY THOMSON
REGINA WEEKS
KAREN RANDALL
BRIAN JACKSON
DEBRA CAPUTI
JOSEPH FALLETTA
BARBARA ANDRUSCHAT
FRANCES OSTEMPOWSKI
WAYNE WAZ
ROBERT ISAACS
JAMES MEAHL
ANTHONY FIGUEROA
MELINDA JONES
MARK FRANCZYK
PATRICIA GRAY
MARIE ROUGEUX

Black History Month

January 28th, 2015

In honor of Black History Month, we want to highlight the tremendous importance of and need for African American organ, tissue and blood donors.

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Organ and Tissue Donors

African Americans have a great need for organ and tissue transplantation. Why? It’s because there is a high rate of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease among African Americans, and all of these conditions can lead to organ failure. Kidney failure, for example, occurs more frequently among African Americans than any other race.

African Americans make up about 40% of the local population, but over 50% of the people in Western New York waiting for an organ transplant are African American. African Americans who receive an organ transplant from an African American donor have a lower chance of organ rejection. However, nearly 70% of the organs transplanted into African Americans come from Caucasian donors.

Blood Donors

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Naliah, Blood Recipient

About 70% of African Americans have blood type O or B, the types that are most in demand.

African American blood donors can also make a huge difference for people with sickle cell anemia. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disorder of the red blood cells, as well as the most common genetic disorder among African Americans. People with sickle cell anemia have an abnormal type of hemoglobin in their red blood cells. Their red blood cells are crescent-shaped rather than the normal round shape. Crescent-shaped red blood cells have difficulty passing through small blood vessels, which eventually damages both the blood vessels and surrounding tissues. This is extremely painful.

There are about 90,000 people suffering from sickle cell anemia in the United States, and almost all of them are African Americans. One in 500 African Americans suffer from sickle cell anemia, while one in 12 African Americans carry the sickle cell trait.

Patients with this disease, many of whom are children, may need 15 to 25 blood transfusions a year. They often develop antibodies to the blood they receive, which leads to potentially life-threatening complications. The risk of these complications is minimized if patients can receive blood that is more closely matched to their own; the best matches are found among other African Americans.

You can help!

Would you like to become an organ, tissue or blood donor? Click here to find out how to become an organ and tissue donor, and click here for a list of our community blood donation centers.

Almost anyone can donate blood as long as they are in good health, are at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 lbs. People who carry the sickle cell trait can still donate blood, too.

Catholic schools partner with Unyts to educate students on organ and blood donation

January 25th, 2015

Catholic school students at several grade levels are learning about organ and blood donation, studying the working of the human body, finding out about careers in medical and non-profit organizations, and hearing the stories of local people touched by selfless acts of donation. These learning opportunities are made possible by schools’ partnerships with Unyts, Western New York’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center.


Organ and blood donation are in keeping with the teachings of the church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “Organ donation after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as an expression of generous solidarity” when the donor or a proxy has given consent. In his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II called organ donation an act of “self-giving love for others,” noting that it can offer “a chance of health and even of life itself to the sick who sometimes have no other hope.”

Unyts is partnering with several STREAM pilot schools in the Diocese of Buffalo, including the Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls, Nativity of Our Lord School in Orchard Park, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew, Ss. Peter & Paul School in Williamsville, St. Joseph School in Batavia, and St. Mary’s School in Swormville. Unyts’ six-module program ties in with several aspects of the STREAM model, which emphasizes science, technology, religion, engineering, art and mathematics.

Students learn about the functions performed by human organs, as well as the reasons for organ failure. They also learn about the components of blood and how they work in the body. Nutrition and creating healthy habits are another focus of the program. Unyts arranges for guest speakers to visit classrooms and talk about how they or a loved one benefitted from an organ or tissue transplant, or for family members to relate the stories of organ donors. Professionals from Unyts also speak to students regarding careers in the medical industry and the non-profit sector. The programming concludes with an opportunity for students to share their newfound knowledge by creating a public presentation or display.

“As a STREAM school, we are always seeking out different avenues to enhance the learning experience in our classrooms,” said sixth-grade teacher Mary Champoux of the Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls. “The Unyts program, under the guidance of Mrs. Tiffany Alexander-Childs has provided a link for my students to better understand the work of Unyts, as well as look ahead and consider this type of work as a career path.”

Champoux continued, “The lessons are specifically planned to enhance the required curriculum, and done so in a way that actively engages the students to fully explore the modules. My students are actively involved in discussions and demonstrations, and look forward to preparing for the next topic. The impact of this program was evident from the first meeting. This program has created a desire to learn and connect this learning to real world experiences.”

“Feedback has been fantastic, and there’s been a high level of engagement at the schools,” said Ryan Daley, Senior Manager of Community Engagement at Unyts. “We hope to expand to additional classroom-based programming in more schools next year.”IMG_20130321_122347_212

At the high school level, many students are involved with the Donate Life Club, a Unyts-sponsored program that allows students to create an educational campaign to increase awareness about donation. This club is a service and leadership club as well, and an opportunity for students to earn community service hours. Students also have opportunities to establish themselves as giving members of the community through the support of blood drives and through blood donation. All blood donated through Unyts stays in Western New York to help local patients in local hospitals.

Among the schools with Donate Life clubs are Bishop Timon-St. Jude, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, Canisius High School, Cardinal O’Hara, Immaculata Academy, Mount Mercy Academy, Mount St. Mary Academy, Niagara Catholic Junior-Senior High School, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and St. Mary’s High School.

“I believe Mount Mercy Academy’s partnership with Unyts has benefited our students, school and community,” said Assistant Principal Catherine Adair Luhr, who serves as advisor for her school’s Donate Life Club. “The program assists students in recognizing the need to give back through organ, tissue and blood donation. Through our participation in Unyts, the young women of Mercy have become more compassionate members of society by giving the gift of life.”

Wrapping up a Season of Giving

January 14th, 2015

HolidayHeroes__TopWebThe 2nd Annual Holiday Heroes campaign was a huge success! More than 25 local law enforcement agencies, fire departments & first responders partnered with Unyts to help save and enhance lives across WNY.

Agencies hosted blood drives where over 347 people presented to donate, potentially saving over 900 lives. They also organized Donate Life Registry drives, where they encouraged the public to enroll as organ and tissue donors on the New York State Donate Life Registry.

We are so grateful for the response we received, and we can’t thank our first responders enough for their dedication to the Unyts mission.

 

Congratulations to our Winning Partner:
US Customs and Border Protection

(Winner determined by those who had the highest participation percent compared to their population)
Runners up:
Arcade Fire Department
Cheektowaga Police Department

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View photos from our press conference.

View all our Holiday Heroes.

See news coverage.

Holiday Heroes: John Gailie

January 5th, 2015

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After receiving his kidney transplant on April 11, 2005, John Gailie wanted to find a way to give back. He decided that the best path was to become a firefighter.

“I used to hear all the time on TV, ‘You’ve been given the gift of life, give it back,’ ” Gailie said, referring to a past organ donation awareness campaign. “I took it literally: I decided at the age of 53 to join the fire department. I got medical approval. It was six months after the transplant that I joined the Cambria Fire Department.”

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“I started out as a utility firefighter, which is basically lighter duty,” he said. After receiving additional medical approval and more training, Gailie became an external firefighter – due to continued restrictions he can’t use an air pack or head inside a burning building, but there are many ways he does contribute. “Driving the trucks, running the pumps, handling hose, putting fires out from outside – I’ve had all the training,” Gailie explained.

Gailie-coupleA brief examination decades ago found that one of his kidneys was small but seemed to be functioning. Then in the late 1990s, Gailie was in a motor vehicle accident and follow-up tests showed that he had high creatinine levels, indicating that his kidney function was impaired. He worked with doctors to address the problems, but he eventually reached end stage renal failure.

His three children, co-workers at General Motors and his wife all volunteered for testing to see if they could donate a kidney to Gailie. “The best option at the time, according to my doctors, was my wife,” Gailie recalled. “We were a tissue match, we were a blood match, we were a four antigen out of six match. She’s half my size, but it worked out real well.”

John and Bev have been married for 40 years, and have known each other since they were young – they met when she was 14 and he was 16.

“It was easy for me, I was sick. My wife was the one who had the real courage,” Gailie said of the transplant. “You can imagine being totally healthy and walking into the hospital and going in for a major surgery as a healthy person.”

Bev is in excellent health and John describes his own health as “pretty robust.”

Gailie-kid“I think things worked out quite well. I feel very fortunate,” Gailie said. “It’s allowed me to continue to support myself and my family… I’ve gotten to see all of my grandchildren since the transplant.” Gailie’s oldest grandchild is 5 and the youngest is an infant. “There’s a whole life unfolding because of that transplant.”

For five years, John has worked as assistant welding instructor at Orleans Niagara BOCES, where he feels he has been able to connect with students and help them both personally and professionally. His role as a firefighter also allows him to give back to the community.

“There’s a whole lot of people I’ve been able to help. The gift you give multiplies itself over time,” Gailie said.

Police, firefighters and first responders from agencies across Western New York are working to give the Gift of Life by joining Unyts’ Holiday Heroes campaign. The agencies are hosting blood drives in December and January. The events include Donate Life Registry drives as well, where they’ll be encouraging the public to sign up to become organ, eye and tissue donors. 

The Cambria and Sanborn fire companies will sponsor a blood drive at Wendt’s Propane & Oil in Sanborn on Friday, Jan. 9 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to find out more and make an appointment to give blood.

Gould is glad to give platelets for local patients

January 5th, 2015

 

Whether you once needed someone’s blood or you’re just a giving person, we want our blood donors to know how much they’re appreciated. That’s what “Share Your Story” is all about, and we’re highlighting a different donor, recipient or supporter each month.

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Patrick Gould

When Patrick Gould first learned about platelet donation he was intrigued. Now he’s a dedicated platelet donor.

“I was giving whole blood and saw these people in the back with the curtain drawn,” he recalled. “I thought, ‘What’s going on with the wizard behind the curtain?’ and I was introduced to platelet donation. I thought, ‘I’ve got to do that.’ It was the natural next step to me.” He’s a regular donor, giving every two weeks or so.

While giving whole blood is relatively straightforward, giving platelets is more technically complex and takes a bit longer. Blood is taken from one arm through a needle into the pheresis machine, which contains a sterile, disposable plastic kit specifically designed for this purpose. Platelets and plasma are taken out of the whole blood, and red cells and sterile fluid are returned to the donor. The process takes approximately hours.

The time commitment doesn’t bother Patrick. “I think it’s the least I can do,” he said. “Two hours of my day every two, three weeks, maybe a month? I don’t think that’s asking a lot for the people who are going through what they’re going through.”

Platelets are essential for normal blood clotting and are used in the treatment of serious illnesses, including cancer, leukemia and aplastic anemia. Platelets are also used to help heart and transplant surgery patients.

“It’s cool science, how it separates, and there’s the reward of helping,” said Patrick. “You’re sitting there relaxed, watching a movie, and you’re being encouraged by the staff.”

Platelets must be transfused within five days, so the need for donors is constant. Unyts has platelet pheresis machines at its four Neighborhood Blood Donation Centers. “I go back and forth between the Southtowns and the Northtowns – I enjoy the staff at both,” said Patrick.

Patrick recently served as a member of Unyts’ board of directors and its development committee, but his connection to the world of blood donation started event earlier, when he was a student. Patrick initially gave through a different organization, but after Unyts began its community blood service in 2007, its message resonated with him. He’s glad to know that the blood he gives is helping local patients at local hospitals.

“I would recommend it, and I do recommend it to everyone I know,” Patrick said.

Advance appointments are required for platelet donations. To become a platelet donor, contact Barbara Vidal-Engaurran at 716-512-7993. Click here to make a whole blood donation appointment.

If you have been touched by the Gift of Life through blood donation, or donate for a reason you feel passionate about, we’d love for you to:

 

Make the Ultimate New Year’s Resolution

January 1st, 2015

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Get more involved with Unyts in 2015!
Looking for a way to give back in the New Year? Make a resolution that you won’t regret by getting involved with Unyts. We are always looking for people to share their time, talent and treasure as we continue to save and enhance lives, and raise awareness about the vital need for donation and transplantation in our community. Here are a few great options-

Register As An Organ & Tissue Donor
Over 125,000 people in the United States are waiting for a lifesaving organ, and thousands more are waiting for life enhancing tissue and eye donations. There exists a tremendous need for New Yorkers to designate themselves as organ, eye, and tissue donors by enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Register as a donor now. Also remember to talk with your family about your wishes to donate!

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Donate Blood or Host a Blood Drive
By giving blood through Unyts you are making sure that your family, friends, neighbors and other members of your community have blood available when they need it. Take the time to donate blood. Make a difference in someone’s life. Schedule an appointment to donate now.

For more information on donating or hosting a blood drive please call 716.512.7940.

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Honor A Hero
Unyts pays tribute to heroes of organ, eye and tissue donation through the “Honoring our Heroes” program. For the families of these donors, they really are heroes, and Unyts certainly feels the same way. Unyts is truly honored to share these very touching personal stories. Nominate your loved one.

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Share Your Story
Unyts is looking for members of our community to share their story about blood donation with us. Do you donate blood or sponsor a blood drive for a specific reason and want to help motivate others to do so as well? Submit your story, and help spread the word about the importance of blood donation.

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Volunteer
There are many volunteer opportunities available in which you can help Unyts further its mission, from acting as a guest speaker at schools and businesses, to working an information table at special events, providing clerical support, or assisting at blood drives. Unyts provides training for volunteers and has opportunities for service across Western New York. Become a Unyts volunteer.

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Support
Unyts strives to raise and distribute funds for public and professional education, improved technology, research and other services that will increase organ, eye, tissue and community blood donation awareness. The organization is committed to increasing the number of lives saved and enhanced through donation and transplantation, and welcomes charitable donations from the community in order to do so. There are a number of ways to support Unyts, including event sponsorship, memorial donations, auctions, basket raffles, and annual gifts. Make a donation today.
Unyts is a tax-exempt charitable organization as described in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.

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If you are interested in getting more involved with Unyts please contact Sarah Diina, Director of Marketing & Development, at sdiina@unyts.org or 716.512.7914.

Holiday Heroes: Victor Morales

January 1st, 2015

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VMorales2Victor Morales, the public information officer for Troop A of the New York State Police, shares the story of his kidney transplant to encourage others to give.

Morales was born with only one kidney, which was damaged during a cycling injury when he was a teen. In January 2001, he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and learned he would need a transplant. He joined the waiting list for a short time, but his cousin came forward as a living donor. Morales received a kidney from her on Oct. 4, 2001.

“It’s made me a new man,” Morales said of his transplant. “It gave me a new lease on life and I’ve tried to do what I can to make it worthwhile.” That new lease on life has enabled him to continue his service with the State Police, spend time with his wife and three daughters, and perform as an actor in Western New York theaters.

Morales calls his cousin his “earth angel,” and urges others to consider living donation or joining the donor registry. “I’ve talked to people about giving, signing the registry cards. I let them know how important it is, how many people have been saved, not only with kidneys, but with hearts and eyes and liver and tissue.”

Police, firefighters and first responders from agencies across Western New York are working to give the Gift of Life by joining Unyts’ Holiday Heroes campaign. The agencies are hosting blood drives in December and January. The events include Donate Life Registry drives as well, where they’ll be encouraging the public to sign up to become organ, eye and tissue donors. Click here to find out more and make an appointment to give blood.

Honoring Our Heroes: Paul Englert, Jr.

January 1st, 2015

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Paul Englert, Jr.

Paul Englert, Jr. became an organ donor upon his passing on September 19, 2013. 

This remembrance was shared by his family.

Paul was a happy, healthy 19-year-old young man who is described by everyone as always having a big smile and a hearty laugh. He was born January 11, 1994, on the birthday of his paternal grandfather. For 19 years they shared this special day together, and ironically God called them home only 10 days apart.

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Paul Englert, Jr. shared a birthday with his grandfather, Urban A. Englert, Sr.

When Paul was a young boy, he enjoyed being with his friends, but he was always following around his dad, his “buddy,” whenever he could. If dad was mowing the lawn, Paul was right behind him pushing his toy lawn mower. If dad was doing yard work with his wheelbarrow, Paul was following along with his own trying to keep up with dad. Paul’s friends have since shared with us that he would tell them his dad was his best friend and he was proud of that.

Paul was very active throughout his life, playing many sports. He began with soccer and tried everything including karate, basketball, baseball, and wrestling, but his heart was with football and lacrosse. He began playing little league football as a Clarence Bulldog at the age of 7, playing the position of center. He continued through his sophomore year of high school at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. As a tribute to Paul, Clarence Little League Football retired Paul’s number, #51.

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Paul played varsity lacrosse for all four years at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He graduated from the school in 2012.

Paul started playing lacrosse in 7th grade at Clarence Middle School as a goalie. He excelled at this position and, as a result, started on the varsity lacrosse team all four years of high school, winning the MVP award his senior year as captain. A scholarship has been set up in Paul’s name at St. Joe’s and is awarded annually to a student that emulates Paul’s character: a focused student who led by example and was an enthusiastic lacrosse athlete who was dedicated, diligent and determined. Paul was filled with SJCI spirit and was a mentor and brother to all.

Paul was a faithful fan of the Georgia Bulldogs college football team for most of his life and attended many games with his family. Imagine his excitement when he was traveling through the Atlanta airport and ran into Aaron Murray, the quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs. Now, Paul was a quiet young man, however, much to our surprise, he approached Aaron Murray and had a photo taken with him. He was thrilled when he called his dad to tell him the news.

Paul enjoyed woodworking, which he often did with his grandfather; waterskiing; and flying with his uncle in a small plane. He was finally able to convince his mother to go flying with him after many years of trying. He had the biggest smile on his face when we took off and his mother was in the plane with him.

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Paul was a hard worker, sometimes having multiple jobs at once. Primarily he was an employee at Brookfield Country Club for 6 years, beginning at the age of 14 as a caddy and moving into the bag room shortly after. He was enrolled in the Civil Engineering program at UB and was looking forward to graduating in a few years and beginning his career.

Upon asking Paul’s friends to describe him, the same characteristics are repeated: He was always laughing and smiling. He was such a happy, big-hearted, all-around good guy who was great at giving advice. He had the ability to cheer up his friends without even knowing they were having a bad day. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, going to country music concerts and working out at World Gym with them. As a result of his hard work at the gym, one of his accomplishments was finally beating his dad at arm wrestling.

Because of Paul’s participation in the Donate Life Club while in high school, it sparked a conversation that no parent wants to have, much less have to act upon: organ donation. Paul was an organ donor and we have since found out he has helped several people. We have received a very heart-warming letter of thanks from a very grateful family.

Paul passed away from a pulmonary embolism on September 19, 2013 while attending class at UB. It is important for people to realize how highly undetected pulmonary embolisms can be and just how common they are. We hope to bring awareness as a result of Paul’s passing so he can continue to help others.

We miss you Paul, our only child. “WE LOVE YOU FOREVER!”

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The Clarence Memorial Day parade included many people walking in honor of Paul Englert, Jr. and supporting Unyts and the National Blood Clot Alliance.

Each month, Unyts pays tribute to organ, eye and tissue donors. It seemed fitting to call this feature “Honoring our Heroes” as these donors are heroes to their families and to the people who have received transplants.

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If you would like to nominate a loved one who gave the gift of life, please click the button above. Unyts will contact you when your loved one is chosen for the Hero of the Month.

 

 

2014 Milestone Donors

December 29th, 2014

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We would like to recognize and congratulate those who have given the Gift of Life through blood donation with Unyts. Unyts is the primary supplier of blood products for Kaleida Health, ECMC, and all the hospitals in Niagara & Wyoming Counties. When you donate through our community blood bank, you ensure that your friends and family have the blood products available when they need them. This is why we feel it is so important to thank those who have been loyal donors and heroes to the Western New York community!

The following platelet donors have donated with Unyts 18 or more times in 2014!

 

CRAIG SCHETTLER
DANIEL PASTERNAK
JESSIE FAULRING
ROBERT TOUCHETTE
ROBERT MCKENNA
ALICE GARBARINI
GARY ROETZER
JERALD PTAK
JOHN LAPER
FRANK MADDOCK
MICHAEL THORE
BRUCE HARDING
GEORGE GOULD
DONALD LEBER
THOMAS ENRIGHT
GREGORY JAWORSKI
STEVEN HEWITT
JULIE GANNOE