Red Cross to begin collecting platelets in Warren for the first time

January 8, 2018

WARREN, Mich. — For the first time, people wanting to make a lifesaving difference in Macomb County can now donate platelets at the American Red Cross Warren Blood Donation Center.


On Monday, Jan. 8., the donation center will begin collecting platelet donations for patients battling cancer or other life-threatening conditions. Platelets are the clotting portion of blood and are needed for many reasons, but they are primarily given to cancer patients. These tiny cells have a very short shelf life – just five days from the time they are donated – so there is a constant, often critical, need for new and current donors to give to keep up with hospital demand for platelets. Every 30 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs platelets, and over 1 million platelet transfusions are given to patients each year.


“Platelet donors can make a profound difference in the lives of seriously ill patients, particularly those battling cancer,” said Todd Kulman, external communications manager of the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region. “Most of us will be touched by cancer in some way in our lives. By making a platelet donation, donors can help someone kick cancer, giving them hope and potentially a lifetime of memories.”


More than 1.6 million new cancer cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Some chemotherapy drugs and radiation used to treat cancer can affect the bone marrow where platelets are produced, and platelet transfusions are often needed to prevent life-threatening bleeding.


About platelet donation

During a platelet donation, blood is collected by a device that separates platelets, along with some plasma, from whole blood, and the remaining blood components are returned to the donor. The entire process takes about two to three hours, and donors are encouraged to relax during the donation – videos, television and wireless internet are available. 


Donors with types A positive, B positive and AB blood are especially encouraged to give platelets. Type AB platelets and plasma can be given to nearly all patients, regardless of blood type.  Platelets may be donated every seven days, up to 24 times a year.


Local Platelet Donations Center(s):


South Macomb Donor Center

13260 E. 11 Mile Rd.

Warren, MI 48089

Monday – 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday – 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday – 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday – 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Bloomfield Donor Center

4190 S. Telegraph Rd.

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


Sunday – 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Monday – 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday – 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday – 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Friday – 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday – 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


How to donate platelets

Use the Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.


Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood or platelets. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.