Give Blood


Giving to the cancer cause doesn’t have to involve money. Donating blood and platelets is an incredibly impactful way to help save lives. Check out some of these facts:




  • Cancer patients are one of the largest recipient groups of blood products.
  • Around 15,000 units of blood and platelets will be transfused to Roswell Park patients each year.
  • Less than 5% of the population donates blood – more is needed!
  • There is no substitution for human blood. You are the only resource.

Why donate blood?
As you know, many cancer treatments cause side effects. One of these side effects is loss of red blood cells. This makes a patient weak and anemic, which is where a blood transfusion comes in to help.

In addition, many cancer patients need other types of blood products, such as platelets. Cancer patients with leukemia, those receiving chemotherapy and undergoing bone marrow transplantation often need one or several platelet transfusions. Learn more about the types of blood donations that are needed.

Who can donate?
There are several things to consider before you can donate blood. The friendly staff at the Roswell Park Donor Center can help you decide if donating is right for you. Basic criteria for blood donation includes:

  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • You must weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. and generally be in good health.
  • You must have not given blood in the past 56 days.
  • You must have not had a tattoo in the past 12 months.
  • You must have eaten at least an hour or 2 before your donation.

Learn about the Donor Center at Roswell Park or contact them at (716) 845-8275 or