For Immediate Release…



Sarah Diina (Unyts) /

Peter Cutler (ECMC) at 716-898-6505 /


Joe Cirillo (ECMC) at 716.898.4300 /



Unyts and ECMC Kick-Off Donate Life Month


WHAT:                 Unyts and ECMC to emphasize importance of “Donate Life Month” (April)

The Regional Center of Excellence for Transplantation & Kidney Care at ECMC is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to comprehensive patient care.  Unyts is WNY’s ONLY organ, eye, tissue and community blood center.  Together, Unyts and ECMC are teaming up to launch “Donate Life Month.”  New York State currently has the second lowest donor registry rate in the United States.  It’s important that ECMC and Unyts continue to collaborate and concentrate on increasing the community’s knowledge and understanding about the need for donation and transplantation.


WHEN:                 Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:00 A.M.

News Conference; Donor Wall Plaque Dedication during Reception to follow


WHO:                   Emcee-Phyllis Murawski, VP, Transplant and Renal Services, ECMC Corp.

Rev. Dr. James A. Lewis III, Director, Pastoral Care, ECMC Corp.

Brian Murray, MD, Chief Medical Officer, ECMC Corp.

Jonathan A. Dandes, Chair, Board of Directors, ECMC Corp., and Kidney Transplant Recipient

Randy Gerlach, Board Member, Unyts, and Donor Father

Hon. Michael P. Kearns, Erie County Clerk

Robin Ebling, Donor Family

Sunnie Ventry, Living Kidney Donor


WHERE:               ECMC, Main Hospital, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY


WHY:                    To recognize those who have donated organs and to create greater awareness of the need for organ donation. There are currently over 115,000 people waiting in the U.S., and 10% of these people are from New York.




Suggested ARRIVAL by 10:45 A.M. at the ECMC Main Hospital Entrance, REPORT to FRONT DESK to REQUEST ESCORT to event location. 


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