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!

Jan 27, 2020

Rally of the Restaurants

By Lauren Brown, @laurenbrown


Local restaurants bring a sense of “hometown” to our community. What better way to support our home than by donating blood that goes directly back to Rochester’s patients and community? Join and help promote the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program in its “Rally of the Restaurants” blood donation challenge hosted by local Olmsted County restaurants.

Show your support by donating blood for your favorite organization--it's easy to donate! Simply check-in at the front desk at one of the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center locations with the desired team name to ensure your blood donation is counted during the competition. The team with the highest amount of donation points will win bragging rights and a plaque.

Participating restaurants include:

CHESTERS (Terza and Pescara Included)

SMOAK (Five West and the Loop Included)

NEWTS (All three locations)

Henry Clarin of Nova Restaurant Group stated his excitement for this challenge when he said, “Chester’s, Pescara and Terza are part of the local Rochester community. We have supported local efforts to help our friends and neighbors for over 10 years in Rochester. We look forward to continuing our service to our community with our support through Rally of the Restaurants and the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program.”

There is no substitute for the lifesaving gift of blood, and patients rely upon the caring spirit of blood donors. The goal of this fun and friendly challenge, being hosted by the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program, is to save lives through blood donation and to build community relationships and awareness about donating blood and blood products.

“The Rally of the Restaurants Blood Donation Challenge is a way that blood donors will be able to help provide a much-needed life-giving resource which is not available by any other means. ’” says Camille M. van Buskirk, M.D., Medical Director of Mayo’s Blood Donor Program. “Not only do the blood donations help save the lives of our patients, but they will also help to show support for a favorite restaurant during the challenge.”

How to Donate
For more information about donating blood in Rochester, Minnesota, call (507) 284-4475 or email Or visit our webpage

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