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!

Oct 22, 2018

Meet the Team: Sara

By Katy Maeder, @katymaeder

Meet the team - SaraSara has been a technician with the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program for almost seven years! Her first day landed on February 29, 2012, which actually was Leap Year, and she has been an asset to our team ever since.  She is very dedicated to her role as a Blood Donor Technician and ‘leaps’ into any projects she is asked to be a part of in order to successfully meet the needs of our team and our patients.

When she was asked about which aspects she enjoys most about the role she serves on our team immediately without hesitation she replied, “The Donors!  Each one is here for their own reasons, and it is interesting to hear why they donate… and visit about anything else they might wish to share with me.  I learn something new every day from one of my donors.”

Sara shares a memorable moment that stands out in her mind that occurred while offering her platelet donor refreshments before starting his draw.  Her donor said, “Black coffee, water and a chocolate chip cookie.”  I repeated his request back to him saying, “Black water, coffee and a chocolate chip cookie.”  I didn’t realize my mistake at first until I heard the laughter!  From now on when I draw this donor, he always makes sure to ask me for his black water!

Not only is Sara a wonderful employee, but she also excels as a mother to her three children: Camden who is 8 months old, Mason (stepson) who is 9 years old and Bodey (her other stepson) who is 12 years old.

When asked what she enjoyed doing in her free time, she responded, “I really enjoy fishing!  Since I was a baby, we have always spent our summer vacation at Cass Lake.  Also, at 13 years old, my parents took me, my two older sisters and my brother on a trip to California.  I still remember the excitement of seeing the ocean for the very first time!  We also went through Yosemite National Park and the Sequoia and Red Wood National parks.  I can’t wait until I am able to take my family out there to experience these adventures for themselves!

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