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 28, 2017

Never Let the Fear of Needles Keep You from Saving Lives

By Alyssa Frank, @alyssafrank


Benjamin Tetlie, a Financial Representative for Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions in Rochester, used to have a strong aversion to the idea of donating blood.

“As a child, I fainted every time I had my blood drawn,” he explained. “I fell off the exam table once as a result. I never thought I would be comfortable giving blood.”

Tetlie started working at Mayo Clinic in 2011 in the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. When his coworkers organized a Blood Donor Unit Challenge, he wanted to participate.


Tetlie has been a regular blood donor ever since.

Tetlie adds, “The Blood Donor Center staff make the whole process so quick and easy for the donor, whether it’s at one of the permanent locations or at one of the blood drives. The center has a sign that states just one donation can potentially save multiple people’s lives. That’s what keeps me coming back.”

How to Donate
For more information about donating blood in Olmsted County in Rochester, Minnesota, call (507) 284-4475 or email For more information about the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, visit or like the center on Facebook.


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