ROCHESTER, Minn. - July 12, 2012. The School Pride Challenge is on. Olmsted County high school students 16 and older are invited to keep their school spirit alive this summer by donating blood. Every six minutes, a patient at Mayo Clinic receives a transfusion of blood or blood products. By donating blood, high school students truly can become lifesavers.
Challenge participants can donate at Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Center's Hilton Building or Saint Marys Hospital locations, or at any of the mobile drives this month. The high school with the highest percentage of participants in July will receive a traveling trophy in September to display during the school year. Teachers, friends and family members can also donate blood during July and earn participation points for their high schools. Students who gather a group of four to donate together can request transportation to and from the Hilton Building donor center.
For more information about donating blood or the School Pride Challenge, call 507-284-4475 or visit the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor site. Students who are 16 must bring a signed guardian/parental consent form to their donation appointment. A link to a printable copy is available at the website above.
About Mayo Clinic:
Recognizing 150 years of serving humanity in 2014, Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit 150years.mayoclinic.org, http://www.mayoclinic.org and newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.
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