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News release from state senator Michael Ranzenhofer's office:

 State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer will partner with Unyts– Western New York’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center– for an open-to-the-public blood drive on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Batavia Downs Gaming, 8315 Park Road in Batavia.

“Your donation can save up to three lives in our community. That is why it is so critically important to ensure blood is available for our friends and neighbors in their time of need. I encourage residents to celebrate National Donate Life Month by giving the gift of life through a blood donation,” said Ranzenhofer.

“The continual support provided by Senator Ranzenhofer and his team is outstanding, and it is having a direct impact on lives across WNY. I’m proud and honored by their commitment to Unyts and our healthcare community,” said Unyts President and CEO Mark Simon.

Residents can schedule an appointment by contacting Unyts at 1-800-227-4771 or by visiting, clicking on the “Give Blood” icon, and entering sponsor code 4006.

Donors must be at least 18 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors should bring valid photo identification, wear comfortable clothing and drink more fluids than normal on the day of the drive.

Senator Ranzenhofer is also encouraging residents to register for the Donate Life registry. Enrollment forms for the New York State Donate Life Organ and Tissue Registry are available at

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