Meet 29 year old Andy Gould. A West Springfield resident, he is a regular platelet donor at the Baystate Health Blood Donor Center and has a standing appointment every two weeks to ensure that he is consistent.
Platelets are tiny cells in your blood that help form clots and stop bleeding. The Baystate Health Blood Donor Center uses platelets to help everyone from trauma patients, newborns, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and more.
Unfortunately, platelets have a short shelf life of 5 days or less. With so many uses and such a short shelf life there is always a demand for more platelets. Andy says being able to help save lives in his community is why he makes time to donate.
“I donate every two weeks because instead of spending my free time watching Netflix I figured I could spend that time helping others. To me, an hour out of my day is worth it if it will help someone,” said Andy. “Start off by making it a part of your routine and after a while it becomes a good habit to have,” he added.
At the Baystate Blood Donor Program, collecting platelets is vital to patient care. In order to donate platelets you must be at least 17 years old, in good health, weigh at least 110 lbs., and have a photo ID. Donors are able to give platelets every 2 weeks.
You can help save a life, call please call 413-794-4600 or toll free at 1-877-612-5663 to make an appointment with the Blood Donor Center.