You can make all the difference
Every 15 seconds someone needs platelets. Cancer patients, patients with chronic diseases, trauma patients, burn victims, and patients undergoing surgery and organ transplants all need platelets.
Your platelet donations give cancer patients a chance to keep fighting. Cancer and cancer treatments damage the bone marrow, where platelets are created. A low platelet count makes patients unable to receive the treatment they need. That’s why 40% of platelet donations go to cancer patients as they receive dozens of platelet transfusions during their treatment.
Platelets only last 5 days and are normally transfused within 3 days of donation.
That’s why we need you.
What to expect during your donation
During a platelet donation, whole blood is drawn from one arm into a sterile kit inside a cell separating machine. The machine separates the blood so that platelets and plasma are collected. The other blood components (red cells and white cells) are returned to the donor via the same arm. The process is very safe and painless, but you may feel a tingly sensation. This can take an average of a little over an hour. You can sit back in comfort, watch TV, read a book, or just relax.
Become a platelet donor today!
To donate platelets you must:
- Be at least 17 years old to donate platelets
- Meet the same requirements for a whole blood donation
- Present a valid form of ID
- Not have taken aspirin 2 days prior to donation
- Drink plenty of liquid in the 24 hours before your donation.
You may donate platelets every 7 days, and up to 24 times a year. Your platelets are replaced within a few days of each donation.
Not only do you get to help cancer patients go through treatment, but you also get to be part of an amazing community of donors called the Gold Club! To be a member of the Gold Club you must donate at least 6 times in one year. Every year we celebrate our Gold Club members with a special dinner where we invite platelet recipients to share their stories.