Join AZ-TV and United Blood Services (UBS) in becoming an Angel for Life, and you could earn FlexPrint Courtside seats to the March 28 Suns vs. Sacramento Kings game, courtesy of the Phoenix Suns! Simply give four MAX platelet donations Oct. 1 - Jan. 31 at a UBS DONOR CENTER, earning your wings in the Angels for Life program. MAX platelet donors provide the clotting factor that controls bleeding for trauma, cancer and aplastic anemia patients. Platelets are the most fragile component of whole blood and must be transfused within five days of donation, so Emmy award-winning AZ-TV host Pat McMahon has signed on to help increase awareness of the growing need for donors. Platelet donations are in greatest demand during the winter months, a time when the seasonal increase in the state's population makes it difficult to meet patient blood needs.
MAX Platelet donations take a smaller blood volume from the donor than whole blood donations, but make a bigger impact by providing increased quantities of the component needed most by hospital patients. Regular whole blood donations provide a mixture of red cells, plasma and platelets. Automated MAX donations enable United Blood Services to isolate and collect an increased quantity of platelets, since the remaining components are returned to the donor. Because of the specialized equipment required, MAX donations can only be given at one of United Blood Services six Valley donor centers. To make an appointment to donate MAX Platelets at a United Blood Services' Donor Center, call 1-877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4326) or visit WWW.BLOODHERO.COM (click on "Donate Blood," then "View Only Donor Centers" link on bottom).
AZ-TV's Pat McMahon defines a hero as someone who takes the time to make someone well again, to keep someone alive by just saying "yes." "Imagine you or your child desperately needing blood and being told, ‘sorry, we're all out'," McMahon said. "Give your pint full of miracles to United Blood Services and you will have become a healer – you will have found the Hero in You!"