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!
Sue, age 60, has been donating blood since high school, following the altruistic example of her father who was a regular donor. She has such a giving spirit that, in 2007, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she says, "Oddly, it wasn't 'Oh, no, I [...]
At 28 weeks gestation, Hannah went into spontaneous labor and found she had already dilated to 5 cm. Hayden James came into this world on January 6, 2019, weighing two pounds four ounces and scoring normally on the after-birth assessment. Still, as a high-risk delivery, he needed a lot [...]
Michael (Mike) Sveen has many special reasons to donate blood.
When he first started working for Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service, his driving partner was a regular donor. “He invited me to go with him to donate. However, my donation opportunities were sporadic due to a couple of needle [...]
Kristie, age 12 at the time, was in a car with her sister, a friend, and their friends mother at the wheel. As the mother pulled away from a stoplight, a speeding car T-boned them. Though wearing a seatbelt, Kristie was suddenly jolted forward, then slammed back into her [...]
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.
Ayden was born early at 23 weeks gestation, weighing only 1 [...]