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Platelets are blood cells that help control bleeding. Patients undergoing bone marrow transplants, surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation or organ transplants often need platelets to survive. Platelets from all donor types are needed.
Platelets have a very limited shelf life of five days and are delivered quickly to patients that need them. You can make the most of your donation by becoming a platelet donor. When you give platelets, you have the satisfaction of knowing your donation will make a difference in someone’s life immediately.