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!
Working for 5 years as a nurse in Kidney Transplant and last 32 years in Cancer Research, Pat Koenig always enjoyed donating blood and felt that blood donation was something that she could be proud of. She smiles, "I have AB negative blood, so the Blood Donor staff love [...]
As a teenager, Jennifer dealt with numerous health problems, from asthma and allergies to a severe pancreatitis attack. However, it wasn’t until her son was born through newborn screening that Jennifer was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at age 29.
Despite hospital stays and treatment at Mayo Clinic, Jennifer’s [...]
The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program has many unique ways to educate the community and raise awareness on the importance of blood donation--one of those ways is through an organized blood donation "challenge." Departments within Mayo Clinic and the community set up these challenges through the Marketing and Recruitment Team [...]
Five-year-old Jackson began experiencing symptoms his mother, MariClair, attributed to growing pains in the spring of 2006. His continued illness and lethargy, however, convinced her to take him in to the family doctor. After a series of tests and hospital admissions, she and her husband, Tim, received devastating news—Jackson [...]
Little Avery’s mother, Bethany, began to worry when the three year old seemed constantly exhausted. Her “mother’s intuition” moved her to pay a visit to their local emergency room to see what was wrong. The staff ended up drawing Avery’s blood twice, because her hemoglobin levels were so low [...]