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!
Looking at baby Ayden, you would never know the fight he has already faced in his short life. Now a little over a year old, he is a happy—and smiley—baby who enjoys playing with his older brother.
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With all of the summer construction and remodeling going on in downtown Rochester, parking is becoming more challenging. In order to meet the patient blood inventory demands, the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program brings staff, equipment, gifts, cookies, and smiles directly to the donors. By working with local businesses [...]
Having been a faithful blood donor for many years, Marilyn experienced what it feels like to be a recipient of a blood transfusion when she was diagnosed with Still’s disease. “I will always remember feeling better immediately following my blood transfusion,” Marilyn recalls. After having a transfusion, Marilyn was [...]
When Mali started as a Mayo Clinic employee 24 years ago, she never imagined that her whole career would revolve around blood product in one way or another.
Beginning her career in venipuncture, Mali was then hired as a technician for the Blood Donor Center in 2002, where [...]
Blessed with a delightful and contagious personality, Lydia Pankratz does not seem like someone who has battled a serious disease since age 11. Currently a senior at Century High School, Lydia is enjoying her life in full remission since her acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) diagnosis in September 2012.