ConnectLife helps those in need like 13-year-old Drake

January 16, 2020

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

January is National Blood Donation Month and the need is great – always.

Thirteen-year-old Drake McKane of Chautauqua County is someone who has required blood products. Drake recently completed a two-year battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Throughout Drake’s treatment for ALL he received over 60 blood transfusions. Many of the transfusions took place at Oishei Children’s Hospital with blood provided by ConnectLife.

ConnectLife needs continued help from the community to ensure that those in need, just like Drake, are helped through blood donation. Make lifesaving a habit, and commit to donating blood with WNY’s only local blood bank in 2020. To find a blood drive near you please visit

All of the blood donated to ConnectLife stays local, helping nearly every hospital in Western New York’s eight counties maintain safe inventory levels. And for every pint of blood donated, we save the lives of three of our neighbors. Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and over 41,000 donations are required each day to meet this need. The very young, from the tiniest of preemies in a hospital’s neonatal unit, to an elderly patient suffering from a blood disorder, all benefit from blood’s life-sustaining qualities.


Drake alongside ConnectLife donors


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Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
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