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Values in Action

  1. Did Good. Had Fun.
    Made a Difference.
  2. Expanding our Registries
  3. Healthy and Well
  4. One Year Celebration
  5. 100 Gallons Strong

In the Spotlight

  1. Top Blood Drive Sponsors
  2. 100 Donations
  3. Goodbye Dear Friend
  4. Coordinator Spotlight

In the News

  1. Supporting Those in Need
  2. Spreading the Word
  3. Social Media Buzz Room

Mission to Save Lives

  1. Blood Drive Coordinator Recognized
  2. It’s a Family Affair
  3. Polaris ATV Winner
  4. Cancun Trip Winner

Did Good. Had Fun. Made a Difference.

Taking Flight
Alexa recovered from a serious off-road accident in the summer of 2015,
thanks to the quick response of North Memorial Air Care and blood provided by
Memorial Blood Centers’ Type O negative donors. Click here to watch now.
Every year, Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) looks forward to celebrating with our friends, colleagues, donors, and sponsors at our annual What’s Your Type? gala. This year was no different. About 350 people attended this year’s fundraiser helping us raise nearly $110,000 in support of building our registry of Type O- (negative) blood donors. 

At the event, guests had the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items, participate in a fun game of heads or tails, and enjoy sweet and savory treats from Eat Local restaurants. Blood recipient, Alexa, and her family shared their story about how Alexa needed a blood transfusion to sustain life while being airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center.
As the grateful type, MBC would like to recognize our community sponsors, blood donation advocates, volunteers, donors, and blood recipients for helping make the night a success—our work would not be possible without your continued support. Click here to view photos from the event on May 5, 2016.

Expanding our Registries

MBC recently received three grants that support our efforts to specially-type blood donors to support patients in need.
MBC was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Timberwolves Fastbreak Foundation WolvesCare. Blood recipient Austin and his mom, Andrea, and MBC CEO Don Berglund stood center court to accept the check from Minnesota Timberwolves president, Chris Wright. The grant will be used to expand our Apheresis Angels program, a registry for specially-matched platelet donors.

Roseann Shaver and Rhonda Brau of the Shaver Foundation presented Larry Silber, Marketing and Development Manager with a check for $22,800. This grant also supports our registry of specially-typed blood donors who have agreed, at a moment’s notice, to help a cancer or critically-ill patient in need.

“Thanks to all the music fans who bought the Cities 97 Sampler #27, we raised over $530,000 last year. As you know, Memorial Blood Centers has been selected to receive $9,000. We're very pleased to support your great work,” John Jansen with iHeartMedia stated in an email. Funds will be used to expand our registry of specially-typed blood donors to treat newborns with a life-threatening blood disorder.
Did you know? To improve patient care, MBC upgraded our testing capabilities to include molecular testing. This type of testing goes far beyond the standard A,B,O and Rh typing and allows us to identify donors with rare platelets and rare red blood cells who may be a best match for a patient in need.

Healthy and Well

Good nutrition and a healthy, iron-rich diet is the first step to a great blood donation experience. For blood donors, iron is needed to make new red blood cells to replace those lost during donation—using iron either already in your body (called iron stores) or available from the food you eat. That’s why iron-rich foods are an important part of your daily diet.
MBC encourages donors to eat an iron-rich diet by including foods like meat, seafood, poultry, iron-fortified cereals, whole grains, beans, peas, and dark green vegetables. We encourage frequent donors (those who donate two or more times per year), to consider taking an over-the-count iron supplement. Read more.

One Year Celebration

Congratulations to Superhero Austin who on April 13 celebrated one year since his last chemotherapy treatment! He and his family are grateful for the generous blood donors who donated blood to give Austin the super powers he needed. Read his story.
Blood donor Christopher Parker with his father, David Parker, posing for a photo with collections staff members Kirsten Krier, Bee Xiong, Tessa House, and Leah Thompson.

100 Gallons Strong

Every other week Christopher Parker walks into MBC’s St. Paul Donor Center ready to help save lives; donating platelets is a routine for him. On May 2, he was ready to achieve a significant milestone—100 gallons! To celebrate his life-saving achievement, Christopher brought the man who inspired him to donate, his father David. David sat by Christopher’s side during the donation and the father and son experienced the great milestone together.

Blood Type Compatibility

1. Percentages based on U.S. population. Approximately 85% of the U.S. is Rh Positive (i.e., O+, A+, B+, AB+)    2. Donation for red cell transfusion

Top Blood Drive Sponsors

MBC thanks our Blood Drive Coordinators who play a vital role in helping us connect generous blood donors with those in need of their life-saving gifts. Over 90% of MBCs first-time donors give at a blood drive held by a local business, community organization, civic group, school, or place of worship. 

In 2015, our blood drive partners hosted 2,400 blood drives and encouraged more than 66,000 blood donations. Congratulations to our top 2015 blood drive sponsors!

Metro Top 20 Sponsors

Community Partner, Units Collected in 2015

UnitedHealth Group, 1589
Target Corporation, 1374
Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq, 1194
Wells Fargo, 884
University of Minnesota, 776
Best Buy, 742
Ameriprise Financial, 736
General Mills, 688
Donaldson Company, 625
Seagate, 618
Cargill, 607
CBRE, 488
CenterPoint Energy, 428
North Memorial Medical Center, 382
Honeywell, 368
RBC Capital Markets, LLC; 363
Carlson, 344
Xcel Energy, 332
Polaris Industries, 321
Mound Westonka Community, 317

Northland Top 10 Sponsors

Community Partner, Units Collected in 2015

Grand Casino, 449
University of Minnesota-Duluth, Housing & Residence Life and Kirby Student Center, 408
Enbridge Energy, 370
White Community Hospital Foundation, 354
St. Louis County, 320
Essentia Health, 319
Pine City Community, 274
The College of St. Scholastica, 199
Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, 198
UnitedHealthcare, 188

100 Club

USG, BMO Harris Bank, Minnesota Power, Blackduck Community & Anderson Fabrics, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Luke's, LHB, Grand Rapids RSVP, Itasca Community College, Boise Paper, Environmental Protection Agency, Minnesota Air Nat'l Guard 148th, Hayward Area Memorial Hospital, Grand Rapids American Legion, Sappi, Sandstone Area Businesses Sponsored by Chris's Food Center, Moose Lake Correctional Facility, Anthem, Lake Superior College, Askov Community Sponsored by 23 Hardware & Lumber, Community Memorial Hospital, Grand Marais Community Sponsored by Arrowhead Pharmacy

100 Donations

Edward De Gregoire was proud to make his 100th donation at the KARE 11 blood drive on St. Patrick’s Day. On Facebook, he shared, "It all started with my first donation over 25 years ago. Something valuable that only takes about an hour."

KARE 11 partners with MBC twice a year to provide the community with an opportunity to help save lives. At this past blood drive, 125 life-saving units of blood were collected.
Do you know a donor who has a milestone coming up? Consider taking a photo and sharing with us on social media.
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Goodbye Dear Friend

MBC lost our good friend Gary Shulze this past spring. Gary was a champion of the cause for blood donation—donating his time, resources, and talent as a volunteer driver, financial contributor, and more.
In 2012, Gary and his wife, Pat Frovarp, celebrated 25 years at their South Minneapolis bookstore, Once Upon a Crime, with “Writes of Spring.” Proceeds from the sale of the anthology of short mysteries were donated to MBC.

Throughout Gary’s life, he received several blood transfusions and a peripheral blood stem cell transplant as treatment for his cancer. “He often spoke of the excellent care he received at the University of Minnesota and Methodist Hospital,” said Phil Losacker, Volunteer Services Manager for MBC and close friend of Gary’s. “Bookseller, tuba player, philanthropist and a great friend; Gary will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.”

Coordinator Spotlight

On May 17, JoAnn Tenpas celebrated one year of coordinating blood drives with MBC. JoAnn works closely with Donor Recruiter Michele Keil to host quarterly blood drives at United Piping, Inc. in Duluth.
Q&A with JoAnn
Q. Why did you start coordinating blood drives?
A.  I started coordinating blood drives because it’s a good thing to do and an easy way to give back.
Q. What is your best tip for coordinating a successful blood drive?
A.  My best tip for coordinating a successful blood drive is organization.
Q. What’s your favorite part about partnering with MBC?
A.  My favorite part about partnering with MBC is that the staff is great to work with! They’re always very helpful and patient.
Q. Do you have any hobbies?
A.  My hobbies include stained glass, gardening, trap shooting and fishing.
Q. What is your favorite food?
A.  My favorite food is ham and my Grandmother's Fried Chicken.
Q. What’s your favorite place to go?
A.  My favorite place to go is fishing on Lake Superior.
Q. What is your blood type?
A.  My blood type is A+.

Supporting Those in Need

Our generous blood donors enable us to do great things—like help support those in need when a crisis occurs.

When the mass shooting in Orlando happened earlier this month dozens of gun shot wound victims were taken to the local hospital. People across the nation, including Minnesotans and Wisconsinites, came together to help support the Orlando community. MBC was especially grateful for our blood donors as it was the people who donated with us the week before the tragedy that made it possible for MBC to send blood to patients in need in Orlando.

Andrew Rockwell receives his 50 gallon pin in February.
Additionally, this past winter, the Hibbing Daily Tribune shared our efforts to help the East Coast during their snow emergencies. In March, Hometown Focus and KARE 11 shared stories about Minnesota being chosen to provide blood to Zika-impacted Puerto Rico.

It is because of you, our blood donors, blood drive coordinators, volunteers, and MBC staff, that we can maintain an adequate blood supply to not only meet our local needs, but also provide support to others during their time of need.

Spreading the Word

MBC was featured in a new medical magzine that helped us educate and inform local communities about who we are and how we can help save lives through blood donation. Edina Medical magazine, owned by the same company that publishes Sun Current, published “Keepers of the Blood” which highlights our presence in the Edina community and lives saved, like those of Steve Mosborg and Mike Blood.

Social Media Buzz Room

Here’s a snapshot of what’s been happening on our social media pages. Click on any image to see the live post!

Dale Scherber with his wife Marlene and Donor Recruitment Assistant Manager Ann Evans at the I-94 event in April.

Blood Drive Coordinator Recognized

Congratulations to Blood Drive Coordinator Dale Scherber on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce at the Business & Community Excellence Awards event.
Dale hosts at least two blood drives a year for the Knights of Columbus in Rogers, including a drive the weekend after Thanksgiving—when blood donations are often low. Last year, Dale was honored with MBCs Double Red Cell Award for encouraging donors at his drives to give double red cell donations. As a result of his efforts, 36% of the units collected were from double red cell donations.
Did you know? Every day 36,000 units of red blood cells are transfused
in the U.S.—that’s nearly 14 million every year. Are double red cell donations right for you? Learn more about giving the Right Type for Your Type?
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Upcoming Summer Promotions

Polaris ATV Winner

Thanks to the generosity of Polaris, December promotion winner Greg Soukup rode off on a new ATV.

“Thank you for the beautiful ATV. I had no idea that I would be receiving something for just helping out in some small way,” Greg said when receiving the ATV from Polaris representative Ali Rader. Greg has donated blood 90 times—over 11 gallons—and cites his father’s positive influence, a former policeman and long-time donor, as the motivation behind his service.

Cancun Trip Winner

Congratulations to Gary Vezina of Duluth who won the Cancun Trip giveaway in January. Gary and a guest will fly roundtrip to Cancun and enjoy a 5-night stay at the Westin Resort and Spa.
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