Please see the below information to donate platelets:

  • Platelet donors must call and schedule an appointment to donate platelets. Platelets can only be donated at any of the three Shepeard Blood Centers:
    • Augusta Center: 1533 Wrightsboro Rd, 706-737-4551, M-F: 9AM-5PM
    • Aiken Center: 353 Fabian Drive, Aiken, 803-643-7996, M-F: 9am-5pm, open on Saturday 9am until 3 pm
    • Evans Center: 4329 Washington Road, Evans, 706-854-1582, M-F: 8am-6pm; Saturday: 9am-3pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm
  • Donation process can take up to 2 hours.
  • Female donors must be screened before their first Platelet donation for HLA antibody. The results take about 2 weeks. If a female tests positive for HLA, she can still donate whole blood but not platelets.
  • Donors cannot be on any Aspirin or other anti-platelet medications.
  • Donors can give platelets every 2 weeks.
  • Use the group code 2950 when you donate.

Platelets have a shelf life of only 5 days, and they are essential for many cancer patients. Because of the short shelf life, platelet donors are always needed.  The platelets that are donated to Shepeard stay local, and platelets are essential for many cancer patients.  Paceline is about coming together as a community to end cancer, and donating platelets to Shepeard while fundraising for cancer research will help cure cancer faster.

 

Platelet Success Stories

Lucas Oliver was diagnosed with cancer at age 4 and is currently in remission after one year of treatments at Augusta University. The night he was diagnosed he received a platelet transfusion, which is why it’s so important to have the supply on-hand. Since then, his mother says he has received more than 10 blood transfusions, and she knows he will need more in the future. He would not be here without life-saving blood and platelet donations.

Bristol Peterson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia shortly after she turned three years old. Her family was told she would undergo nearly three years of chemotherapy and during that time require countless whole blood and platelet transfusions. Only one year into her treatment at Augusta University, Bristol has had more than 10 transfusions, both platelets and whole blood.

Bristol’s mother says, “I am so eternally grateful for not only Shepeard, but to every donor and their selfless act of donating blood and/or platelets. It has bought my daughter more time with us and for that I am extremely grateful.”