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!

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Mar 5, 2019

Back in the Race After Cancer Diagnosis

By Kimberly Schmidt @kimberlyd
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. [...]
Back in the Race After Cancer Diagnosis
Feb 28, 2019

Good News for Platelet Donors Who Travel Outside the U.S.

By Jackie O'Reilly @jacquelineoreilly
Did you travel somewhere warm this winter to escape the frigid Minnesota weather? Or are you planning a spring break trip to a tropical destination? If so, there's good news. Certain travel will no longer affect your eligibility to donate platelets. New eligibility guidelines for platelet donors who [...]
Good News for Platelet Donors Who Travel Outside the U.S.
Feb 1, 2019

Meet the Team: Kelcey

By Kimberly Schmidt @kimberlyd
Born in Wisconsin, Kelcey grew up around the St. Charles/Lanesboro, Minnesota, area. She has eight-and-a-half years of experience in health care working in a CNA/PCA role, where she was responsible for the care of geriatric patients as well as children with special needs. Kelcey recently graduated from the Mayo [...]
Meet the Team: Kelcey
Dec 26, 2018

A Story of Two Blood Donors: Mark and Dave

By Katy Maeder @katymaeder
Mark and Dave have nurtured a competitive camaraderie since connecting at a marathon in 2006. The two have since run numerous events together, including a 50-mile Zumbro Endurance Run. "Mark and I ran the 50-mile race the day after my father’s funeral," remembers Dave. "Mark had been at the [...]
A Story of Two Blood Donors: Mark and Dave
Dec 18, 2018

When You Give Blood, You Give Someone Another Holiday – Sammy’s Story

By Jackie O'Reilly @jacquelineoreilly
After receiving two bone marrow transplants and 89 blood transfusions, nine-year-old Sammy’s health is on the mend. Over the last year, Sammy spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital—including Christmas Eve. Now that his health is improving, Sammy is looking forward to spending this Christmas [...]
When You Give Blood, You Give Someone Another Holiday – Sammy’s Story

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