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Platelet Donation

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Everything you need to know about platelets, why they're so important, and what you can expect if you donate them.

 


Why are platelets so important?

Platelets are tiny cells in your blood that form clots and stop bleeding. For millions of Americans, they are essential to surviving and fighting cancer, chronic diseases, and traumatic injuries. Every 30 seconds someone in the U.S. needs platelets. And because platelets must be used within five days, new donors are needed every day. That’s why we need you.

VIDEO: Platelets Explained in Two Minutes

Why Your Platelet Donation Matters

Phill Brabb and his familyCassie Brabb descibes how it felt to see platelets help save her husband, Phil:
"I’ll never forget the feeling of gratitude that washed over me when I saw those platelets going into my husband’s body. I imagined the faces of many different strangers, taking time out of their day… their jobs… their families… their lives... to sit in a chair and give part of themselves away, simply because it is a good thing to do for another human being. A stranger. Someone’s platelets made their way to Phil that day, and it helped him recover.”

 

TessMegan Stoy describes how platelets help her daughter Olivia Stoy, who is fighting cancer:
"She was a new person comparing our drive to the hospital on Friday and when we left the hospital Friday night! I just can’t put it in to words!”

 

Olivia StoyTess, who lost her husband to cancer, learned that she could help others:
"The truly frustrating thing about cancer, is that it makes a person feel helpless... I made a decision to begin donating blood or platelets. I couldn't help Doug, but maybe I could help someone else."


Ready to donate?

Sign Up to Donate Platelets

Call us at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) for more information or to schedule an appointment.
You can also download the free Blood Donor App.