Help save critically ill newborns

We are raising funds to help save critically ill newborns with a life-threatening blood disease. Since 1948, Memorial Blood Centers has been collecting, testing, and distributing a safe and stable blood supply to over thirty area hospitals.

Three years ago, Elena Perfect was born with a rare and often fatal blood condition called neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAIT). Fortunately, Memorial Blood Centers was there with specially matched life-saving platelets. Today, Elena is a healthy toddler.

In Minnesota, as many as 100 infants—like Elena—are born each year with NAIT. These precious newborns require blood transfusions with specially-typed platelets to survive. With your help, we can have specially-matched platelets available for these vulnerable patients in area hospitals.

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Support cancer care

Each year more than 23,000 Minnesotans are diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening cancer. And since 2000, cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death among residents in our state; it also is the leading cause of childhood mortality.

Blood products and platelets are essential to sustaining the lives of patients undergoing cancer treatments and chemotherapy. Your dedicated financial support for one of our Cancer Care programs will help ensure that Memorial Blood Centers is able to continue to provide the highest quality blood products for recipients as well as the best experience for donors.

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Thanks to the generosity of nearly 3,000 contributors, including a $50,000 gift from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation and $10,000 from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the first of two new bloodmobiles went into operation in 2009 to replace vehicles in our aging fleet and enhance the experience for donors. Attendees and contributors to our annual What’s Your Type? events also played a significantly role in helping us achieve this milestone.  The second bloodmobile was recently put into service as well.