- By Suzanne Ferguson
Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program hosts Battle of the Badges challenge among first responders for a good cause
First responders choose their careers for many reasons: to work with the public, to create safe communities for everyone to enjoy, and for many of them, to save lives. Join and help promote the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program in its Battle of the Badges blood donation challenge that supports Olmsted County, Minnesota's first responders.
There is no substitute for the lifesaving gift of blood, and patients rely upon the caring spirit of blood donors. The goal of this fun and friendly challenge is to save lives through blood donation and build community relationships and awareness about donating blood and blood products.
Participating entities are:
- Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service.
- Olmsted County Fire Department locations in Byron, Rochester and Stewartville, Minnesota.
- Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.
- Rochester Police Department.
Anyone from the community who is 16 or older can donate blood on behalf of one of these organizations.
Blood can be donated at these two Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program locations:
Hilton Building, First Floor
210 Second Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Saint Marys Campus
Joseph Building, M-86
1216 Second Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902
The challenge takes place through Aug. 31.
About the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program
The Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program was established in Rochester in 1935. Back then, donors were called in as needed and donated directly to a patient in the next room. Today, one person's donation may save multiple lives. The program relies on continuous and repeat healthy donors to have a steady blood supply for patients in need. The program recruits within Olmsted County and joins forces with the American Red Cross to meet Mayo Clinic patients' blood needs.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news.
- Suzanne Ferguson, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, email@example.com