Shea Novotny's birthday has become a tradition, bringing family and friends to Mayo Clinic, according to KAAL (Channel 6, ABC). Shea has had 63 blood transfusions at Mayo. Now, her family donates blood as a way of giving back and helping other patients. This year, for her fifth birthday, the family had a goal to gather 21 donors.
According to Justin Kreuter, M.D., Medical Director of Mayo’s Blood Donor Program, as the weather turns colder and people are out of town for the holidays, it is tough to get donors in the door.
“I think it’s easy to forget about the importance because it’s something that you assume somebody else is going to pick up the slack and do it,” Dr. Kreuter said.