Donating Blood & Platelets

Giving just one pint of your blood can help save lives, and it only takes about an hour. Giving just one pint of your blood can help save lives, and it only takes about an hour.

There is a significant, ongoing need for blood and blood products at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the generosity of blood donors helps to ensure that we maintain an adequate supply for our patients.

The donation process is simple. You may be eligible to donate blood if you:

  • are at least 16 years old and have written parental consent. No parental consent is required for those who are at least 17 years old.
  • weigh at least 110 pounds
  • are in good health
  • have identification showing your name and photograph or signature

Donations of whole blood and platelets are needed every day — red blood cells can be stored for 42 days and platelets for 5 days — and you can donate blood to a specific patient. For more information or to make an appointment, please call our Blood Donor Room at 212-639-7643.

Location

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Schwartz Building Lobby
1250 First Avenue
(Between 67th and 68th Streets)
New York, NY 10065

Blood Donor Room Hours

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Appointments are required.

Parking

Vouchers for parking free of charge are available to our donors at the time of donation. These vouchers can be used at the following two locations:

  • Somerset Garage
    1365 York Avenue at 72nd Street
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering's Parking Garage
    East 66th Street between First and York Avenues