Gifting Life Through Plasma Donation

Plasma donations help kids like Oliver, celebrity chef Nate Appleman’s son, live healthy lives.

Gifting Life Through Plasma Donation Gifting Life Through Plasma Donation

Diagnostics Testing|Jan.21, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic drove blood plasma donations down 20% in 2020 – and they declined even further in 2021.

Plasma – the yellowish liquid that makes up about 55% of our blood – is a major component in creating lifesaving therapies for burn injury survivors, people who are immune-compromised, people with hemophilia and certain cancer patients. In fact, more than 125,000 Americans rely on therapies made from plasma every day.

Take Oliver. As a toddler, Oliver developed a high fever, a swollen tongue, and a rash over his entire body. His father rushed him to the emergency room where they learned he had Kawasaki Disease – a rare condition that involves swelling of blood vessels throughout the body. He received a plasma-derived medication and recovered, but the effects of the disease would later develop into a heart condition that he still lives with today.

“That’s what drove me to continue raising awareness and money,” his father, celebrity chef Nate Appleman said, “and to understand it from a point of view most people don’t get.”

Donating plasma is a safe and easy process. Plasma can be safely donated twice a week. With a donation that typically takes between 1-3 hours, you can make a lasting impact on patients who rely on plasma for treatment.

While Oliver works on keeping his heart healthy, Appleman continues to feed others – with his culinary skills, and with the knowledge he’s gained through Oliver’s resilience.

In the spirit of Nate and Oliver’s health journey, and giving back, here’s a recipe to remember:


  • A pinch of willingness to donate
  • A dash of generosity
  • 1-3 hours of your time

Mix ingredients together – and potentially save somebody’s life.

Learn more about plasma donation and how to become a donor by finding a center near you.


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