A healthy supply of blood and platelets is crucial for people with cancer, who need more blood products than people with any other type of illness. Because red blood cells can be stored for only 42 days — and platelets for just five days — we rely on donations from friends, family members, good citizens, and others to ensure there is enough for everyone.
How to Donate
We ask that all donors be in good health and at least 17 years old or under age 75 (or have parental or physician consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and show picture identification.
If this is the first time that you’re donating blood and/or platelets, you may want to review our general donor guidelines and read our information about other specific requirements such as medicines that might affect your eligibility to be a donor and how frequently you are allowed to donate.
It is important that you make an appointment to donate as the Donor Room can only accommodate a limited number of donors in a single day. Please be flexible when scheduling your donation.
Feel free to call us at 212-639-8177 with any additional questions you may have.
Along with blood and platelets donated for use by all Memorial Sloan Kettering patients, we accept donations made for your own future use as well as directed donations for specific patients.
Blood Donor Room Location
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Arnold and Marie Schwartz Cancer Research Building
1250 First Avenue
(Between 67th and 68th Streets)
New York, NY 10065
Whole Blood Donation Hours
Sunday from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Monday from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Tuesday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Wednesday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Thursday from 8:30AM to 7:00PM
Friday from 8:30AM to 3:00PM
Platelet Donation Hours
Sunday from 8:30AM to 1:30PM
Monday from 8:30AM to 1:30PM
Tuesday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM
Wednesday from 8:30AM to 4:00PM
Thursday from 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Friday from 8:30AM to 1:30PM
We offer donors vouchers for free parking for up to five hours at these garages:
1365 York Avenue at 72nd Street
Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Parking Garage
East 66th Street between First and York Avenues