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Our patients have a consistent need for blood products, and donors are the only ones who can meet that need.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center transfuses more than 17,000 blood products each year. We are grateful to the many loyal donors who continue to support our program and we are eager to welcome new donors. We rely on donations from friends, family members, good citizens, and others to ensure there is enough for everyone.

How to donate

To make an appointment to donate whole blood or platelets:

Donor eligibility Types of donations


A nurse tends to a blood donor in the Roswell Park Donor Center

New donor eligibility guidelines

As of June 4, 2024, our acceptance criteria for those who have a diagnosis of cancer has changed. If you have been treated with chemotherapy or radiation, you will be eligible to donate one year post completion of treatment. If you have been treated with surgery, please give us a call. Leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and multiple myeloma still remain a permanent deferral.

Blood donor Jim Kuhlmann poses for a photo

Give the gift of life

While donations of any kind are welcomed, learn more about why donating blood and platelets is especially important to cancer patients.

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