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!
Colleen Wilson clearly remembers when she decided to become a blood donor. Conversing with her surgical colleagues at Mayo Clinic one day, they pondered: "What if every staff member here at Mayo would donate blood? Then we wouldn’t have to buy any!" This discussion stirred within Colleen the thought [...]
The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program is happy to announce our first donor who has reached 400 donations, Mark Korinek. Words will never be enough to thank him for his selfless donations as well as his loyalty to our Blood Donor Center. He has saved countless lives over the course [...]
Many blood donors donate in honor of a family member or friend who needed life-saving blood product--for Ann McElmury, that person happens to be her father.
In 2000, Ann's father, Joe Zimmerman, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. With his diagnosis, he needed to have his hip, pelvis, and [...]
A school social worker in Detroit, MI, when COVID-19 first hit, Maggi’s Mom asked her to come home. So, on March 23rd, she packed up her cats and drove back to Byron. A few days later, she tested positive with the virus. Maggi shared that early symptoms took away both [...]
Glenn Modracek, a dedicated blood donor, makes his donations in honor his wife, Sharon, who passed away on Nov. 27, 2019. He describes Sharon as having a one-of-a-kind personality, and recalls her Mayo Clinic team of surgeons and specialists giving her the nickname Tough Cookie.
Sharon was born [...]