Mayo Clinic celebrates World Blood Donor Day

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – June 14 is World Blood Donor Day and the Mayo Clinic is honoring those who have already donated and encouraging those considering donating blood.

The Plummer Building will be illuminated with red lights on Tuesday evening to celebrate World Blood Donor Day.

This day is designed to raise awareness of the need for safe blood around the world, to thank and honor blood donors who make transfusion possible, and to encourage healthy, eligible people to donate blood regularly.

According to the Mayo Clinic, someone in Olmsted County needs a blood transfusion every 10 minutes, so every donation makes a difference in our community.

In Olmsted County, blood is needed to treat people with cancer and other illnesses, organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident and trauma victims.

According to the Mayo Clinic, one unit of blood can save up to three lives.

As additional donor restrictions are put in place and our population ages, the pool of voluntary donors could shrink, threatening the local and global blood supply.

The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center encourages healthy and eligible area residents 16 years of age or older to celebrate this important day by making an appointment.

Call 507-284-4475 to make an appointment to donate or to learn more about donating blood. Same day appointments are available.

There are two Mayo Clinic donation sites:

  • Hilton Building, 1st Floor, 210 2nd Street SW
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, Joseph Building, Ground Floor, Room M-86, 1216 Second St. SW

You can find more information about the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program here.

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