The annual exodus of students from campus for the summer means the UNC Blood Donation Center is in desperate need of platelet donors.
Deficiencies in donations happen every break, but the center faces its largest shortage during the summer. Over the fall and spring semesters, blood drives provide the center with a steady stream of donations. This year the center collected over 247 units of platelets from a drive hosted by UNC’s sports clubs.
“Some patients need platelets every 48 hours,” said Trilby Norton, a recruiter for the UNC Blood Donation Center. “Platelet donations go to cancer patients, burn patients, trauma patients, transplant patients, so all different kinds of patients at UNC Hospitals use platelets.”
Norton recruits potential donors, markets for the center and educates the community, both on and off campus, about what platelet donations are and why they are needed.
The center provides many incentives, from pizza parties to movie tickets, for potential donors to take the time to donate. After donors give platelets, they are updated on the patient that their donation helped.