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Unyts Blood Drive to Help Patients Like Brady Getty

Updated: 7/14/2014

Tuesday, July 15 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. in Alford Auditorium

Brady Getty has received more than 67 blood transfusions – and he’s not even two-years-old.

Brady suffers from severe Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA), a rare condition in which the immune system attacks and destroys red blood cells leading to insufficient plasma concentration. If left untreated, AIHA can lead to heart failure, liver complications, and death.

“At peak, Brady was being transfused every 24 hours,” said Shari Getty, Brady’s mom.  

Thanks to Unyts, the best possible blood match was always available for Brady when needed.

Unyts is WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center, and the primary supplier of blood to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. All blood donated to Unyts stays in WNY for local patients at local hospitals, helping to save the tiniest of lives.

Though medication was able to suppress his immune system and stop the red cell destruction, Brady still visits Women & Children’s Hospital every month for Intravenous Gamma Globulin (IVGG) Therapy, an antiviral treatment and immunomodulator used to regulate his immune functioning and keep him healthy.

“One blood donation can be used for up to three transfusions,” said Shari. “That’s three more times that my son’s life was given back to him.  You never know how many people you pass in the hall or on the street that wouldn’t be alive today without your donation.”

Please show your support for Brady and all other patients in need of blood throughout Western New York by donating at the Unyts blood drive at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Tuesday, July 15 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. in Alford Auditorium. All presenting donors will receive a Buffalo Bisons Flex Pass for free admission to any one 2014 game. To schedule an appointment visit www.unyts.org, click the “Give Blood” icon and enter Sponsor Code 1070, or call Martha Hickey at 878-7221.