Posts Tagged ‘Blood Donors’

Why am I a blood donor?

October 8, 2010

Berit is a high school student in Byron, MN who became a blood donor “because it is an easy way to give back to the community and people, and anyone can do it as long as you are willing to put the time into it.”

Berit initially created this video for a class, and she explains that
the teacher encouraged students to choose a subject that was near and dear to their hearts.

“We had to choose something that we had a strong feeling about and wanted other people to know about,” explains Berit. “I am hoping that each time people see it, they will become more comfortable and more willing to save lives by donating blood. Once you give blood, you feel great about it and you want to keep doing it.”

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Blood Donor Center Young Volunteers

January 11, 2010

Sam Buchl and Darin Steffl both enjoyed volunteering in the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center during their senior year of high school. As volunteers in the Blood Donor Center, Sam and Darin were stationed in the waiting area and had numerous responsibilities. They offered refreshments to blood donors, provided magazines and newspapers, set up videotapes for children whose parents were donating blood, helped donors get settled with laptops or other equipment, or sat and talked with donors after they gave blood.

Both Sam and Darin knew how important each donor was to Mayo Clinic and the community, and through their volunteer efforts they made sure that the people who came to donate blood had the best experience possible.

Here are some of Sam’s and Darin’s recollections:

Here is more information about donating blood at Mayo Clinic.

Blood Donation at Mayo Clinic

January 6, 2010

Every six minutes, a patient at Mayo Clinic receives a transfusion of blood or blood products. There’s an ongoing and never-ending need for blood donors because there is no substitute for blood. The gift of blood is critical for patient survival. People needing surgery, people receiving treatment for cancer, leukemia or other diseases and accident victims all need blood. Your pledge to give blood can save up to three lives.

Jean Townsend is the top female donor at the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center, having donated more than 26 gallons of blood over the last 40 years. Here she describes her motivation for donation, and shows what is involved in being a donor:

Donating is a safe, simple and easy process. Blood donors can choose to be a whole blood donor or a platelet or plasma donor. The blood you donate with the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program stays right here in our community. Manish Gandhi, M.D., medical director of the center, says blood is one life-saving substance “for which there is no substitute.”

Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center operates three donor centers, which are located downtown at the Hilton Building (across the street from the Mayo Building), at Saint Marys Hospital in the Joseph Building, and at IBM (for IBM employees only.) Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Please join the team and give blood today!

Contact info:

  • Hilton Building 507-284-4475
  • Saint Marys Hospital 507-255-4359
  • IBM 507-253-7545(for IBM employees)