Hundreds of Grand Central Commuters Show Support for NYBC’s Lifesaving Mission by Donating Blood and Volunteering for the Bone Marrow Registry
NEW YORK, NY (May 13, 2016) – In furtherance of its life-saving mission, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is pleased to announce that it held its most successful Grand Central Terminal blood drive ever, in partnership with MTA Metro-North Railroad. The twelve-hour blood drive took place in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on Monday, May 9, 2016.
Nearly 300 participants showed support for NYBC and their fellow New Yorkers by lining up to donate blood at the 4th annual event. In addition, for the first time in the event’s history, blood donors and other participants had the opportunity to be added to NYBC’s bone marrow registry—one of the largest in the nation. A cheek swab is all that was needed to register for a potential opportunity to save lives through bone marrow donation.
New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit, community blood center that is devoted to serving more than 20 million residents in the greater New York metropolitan area. Each year, thousands of lives are saved through NYBC’s blood and blood-related products and services, along with its cutting-edge research efforts.
“Support for New York Blood Center and its life-saving mission has grown tremendously over the past year,” said Dr. Christopher Hillyer, President and CEO of NYBC. “New Yorkers understand the importance of active participation in saving human lives – both here in the New York area and nationwide – through blood and bone marrow donation.”
Dr. Hillyer continued: “We are deeply grateful for the continued support from MTA and Metro-North, and also thank the New York Yankees, who donated pairs of tickets to participants.”
The successful Grand Central blood drive comes on the heels of NYBC’s most recent “Honor Roll of Life” awards ceremony, held in conjunction with the New York City Fire Department on April 29, 2016. At an emotional ceremony at FDNY headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, firefighters who donated bone marrow met the recipients whose lives they saved, while eight additional FDNY members were added to the Honor Roll of Life for donating bone marrow and/or stem cells in 2015. The 12th Annual Honor Roll of Life event was attended by Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, NYBC Chairman Howard P. Milstein, NYBC President Dr. Christopher Hillyer and other dignitaries.
About New York Blood Center
Now more than 50 years old, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the largest independent, nonprofit community-based blood centers in the country, serving the more than 20 million people who live in the New York metropolitan area. Each year, NYBC provides approximately one million blood products to nearly 200 hospitals in the Northeast. In addition, NYBC's Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC) serves hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to approximately 70 area hospitals.
NYBC also provides a wide array of transfusion-related medical services. NYBC is also home to the world's largest public cord blood bank, which provides stem cells for transplant in many countries, and a renowned research institute, which-among other milestones-developed the Hepatitis B vaccine and innovative blood purification technology.