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Save a life. Donate



Donate Life America raises awareness about organ donation, inspires people to register as a donor, and honors those who have saved a life through the gift of donation. Every April, Donate Life Month highlights organ transplants. However, blood donation also is critical for these patients. 

Blood and organ donation go hand in hand. Blood donation is crucial in helping with a successful organ or tissue transplant. For a transplant patient to receive the gift of life from a donor, the transplant team needs to make sure that they have the correct blood type to support the procedure. Thanks to donors, like those who come to the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program, the procedure can move forward with an adequate supply of blood available. 

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood donation. During most organ or bone marrow transplant procedures, a person will need at least one to two units of blood. Those who need a liver transplant may need up to 20 or more units of blood. 

Whether it's a patient with cancer awaiting an organ or a patient receiving a transplant, they will need blood. Thousands of Mayo Clinic patients depend on the generosity of blood donors like you. Consider scheduling an appointment to donate to ensure blood is available for a loved one or other patients in need.

You can choose to donate blood at one of these locations at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota:

  • Hilton Building, first floor
    This location is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and until 7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month.
  • Saint Marys Campus
    This location is on the main floor of the Joseph Building, M-86. This location is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about donating blood in Rochester, call the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program at 507-284-4475 or contact the program by email. You also can visit the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program webpage for more information.