Blood Donor Program

This group is for people interested in blood donation. Every six minutes, a patient at Mayo Clinic needs a transfusion of blood or blood products. A simple blood donation can save the life of a child with leukemia, restore the strength of a cancer patient, or provide a critical transfusion to an accident victim. There is no substitute for this lifesaving gift, so patients rely upon the caring spirit of blood donors. Join the discussion and learn more about blood donation!

Feb 27, 2017

A Donor's Story: Dan

By apriljosselyn, @apriljosselyn


Since moving to Rochester eleven years ago, Dan has found many opportunities to give back to the community. He has volunteered as a hospitality service person, offering snacks and hand massages to sick patients, and donated whole blood on a regular basis.

Dan has been a loyal blood donor since the age of 18. “I first started donating when my place of employment held a blood drive and encouraged its employees to step away from their desks to donate blood. A mere one hour of my time may save multiple lives; that’s a great feeling,” says Dan, as he proudly displays his four-gallon pin and calls it his “badge of honor.”

Helping others has become part of Dan’s lifestyle. He volunteers as the chairman of the Rochester Downtown Alliance, Rochester Area Builders’ marketing chair, a SCORE mentor, and leads the Chamber of Commerce Diverse Interest Roundtable. Donating blood is one easy way to help those in need and be a part of a community of others with the same mission.

“It’s a great way to give back and connect with other donors,” Dan continues, “It’s a wonderful humanitarian thing to do.”


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