UNYTS unveils new name and new home

Williamsville

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — The organization known as Upstate New York Transplant Services has unveiled a new name and a new home, but promises to continue the same mission.

“A lot of people knew UNYTS, because they see it on the hockey boards and a lot of different places but it really didn’t resonate on what the kind of services were that we provided,” said Mark Simon, president CEO of what is now known as ConnectLife.

The former Upstate NY Transplant Services wants the new name ConnectLife to better reflect how the organization has been giving the gift of blood, organ, eye and tissue donations.

‘There’ll never be enough donors to take care of all the things that are needed in science,” said Simon.

Later this year, ConnectLife will also be moving it’s employees from Buffalo’s medical corridor to this new home in Clarence where some employees have been working for the past several months.

ConnectLife supplies 70 percent of all the blood used in local hospitals and it’s donated at blood drives that happen every day, according to Simon. “This is our eleventh birthday this past July that we’ve been in the blood business and this is a big part of what we do here in Western new York. In the course of a year, we’ll have contact with 26,000 people who’ll donate blood at one of our local blood drives.”

Eighty local High Schools already have Donate Life clubs. “We want people to check out www.ConnectLife.org and really get a flavor for what our mission is in the community,” said Simon.

“It takes a village to do all things we gotta do and we need the Western New York Village to get out to a ConnectLife blood drive, get on the NY State donor registry and register, talk with their families and just spread the word so we all can help.”

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