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SAINT PAUL --  Memorial Blood Centers (MBC), along with other blood centers across the country, and The Dr. Oz Show today launched the #JUSTMYTYPE Challenge with the goal of increasing blood donations by asking donors to invite someone to be their “plus one” as they donate together. There has been a chronic nationwide blood shortage throughout the pandemic and The Dr. Oz Show is helping MBC, a division of New York Blood Center Enterprises, get the word out and encourage more people to donate blood.

Before COVID-19, mobile blood drives hosted by high schools, colleges, businesses and other organizations made up about 50% of the region’s incoming blood supply, but the number of blood drives has dropped by about half this year due to the pandemic. Hospital needs are well above pre-pandemic levels while donations continue to lag behind and never reach the ideal level of 5-7 days. MBC is in need of all blood types and encourages first time donors to sign up to make an appointment.

Thank you to The Dr. Oz Show for your support. Donating blood can be an incredible way to unite communities and the #JUSTMYTYPE CHALLENGE is just what we need to inspire donors to get more people to make a life-saving donation,” said Wendy Capetz, Marketing Director at MBC. “The holiday season is always a difficult time to get donors into our centers as folks leave town and go on vacation, but we need to focus on what this time is about: giving. Make a donation today!

Staff at the blood center continue to take extra precautions to help prevent person-to-person spread of COVID-19, including continuing to wear face masks. Interested donors can learn more about these safety precautions, find out if they’re eligible, or schedule an appointment to give at MBC.ORG or by calling 1-888-448-3253.

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About Memorial Blood Centers: Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) has been saving lives since 1948 as an independent nonprofit. MBC relies on the local community to donate blood to help ensure a safe and stable blood supply is available to area hospitals and other partners throughout the country. With operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, MBC is a division of New York Blood Center Enterprises (NYBCe), serving communities across the country. For more information, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) or visit MBC.ORG. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About The Dr. Oz Show: Currently in its thirteenth season, the ten-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning syndicated daily series The Dr. Oz Show is hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz, accredited health expert, best-selling author, and world-renowned cardiac surgeon. The Dr. Oz Show is an informative hour that offers audiences the opportunity to learn about a wide range of health and wellness topics. Tackling the balance of mind, body, and spirit, Dr. Oz calls on specialists from a variety of disciplines for expert advice on how viewers can be their best selves. 

Dr. Oz served as health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show from 2004 to 2009. Sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored eight New York Times Best Sellers, including “Food Can Fix It,” “YOU: The Owner's Manual,” as well as the award-winning “Healing from the Heart.” He has a regular column in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Dr. Oz is an Attending Physician at NY Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center and performs dozens of heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents.

Cleared in over 95% of the country, The Dr. Oz Show is produced by Zoco Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The Dr. Oz Show is executive produced by Amy Chiaro and co-executive produced by Stacy Rader and Laurie Rich.