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Celebrating the re-signing of Mass General's charter through a lifesaving blood donation

Massachusetts State House


February 25, 2011

Massachusetts State House
8 am - 2 pm

McLean Hospital
8:30 am - 2 pm

In celebration of the re-signing of the original Mass General charter on February 25, 2011, Mass General's Blood Donor Center will host "A Day of Giving," featuring a blood drive at the Massachusetts State House from 8 am to 2 pm, and at McLean Hospital from 8:30 am to 2 pm. What better way to embody the spirit of this momentous text than to make a lifesaving blood donation to a Mass General patient?

Each and every day, vital blood donations are needed to sustain Mass General patients. The largest transfuser of blood in the region, Mass General transfuses approximately 70,000 blood components each year to patients at Mass General and its affiliates. Treatment of cancer, organ transplantation and surgery all depend on the availability of a safe and adequate blood supply.

Please join us on this special occasion and honor 200 years of Mass General patient care and service to the Boston community with your lifesaving donation. "By giving just a mere thirty minutes of your time, you can truly make a difference in the life of one our patients," says director of blood transfusion Dr. Christopher P. Stowell.

Mass General's Blood Donor Center was the first hospital-based blood donor center in the city of Boston. Since its founding in 1942, it has become one of the largest donor centers in the country. The Blood Donor Center's collection efforts support patients at five different institutions: Mass General, Shriners Burn Institute, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Mass General collects blood and blood products through its Blood Donor Center and traveling bloodmobiles. The Blood Donor Center avidly works with local organizations and institutions to recruit invaluable blood donors to support the needs of its patients. Blood donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in general good health in addition to other eligibility criteria. More information about donating blood is available on the Blood Donor Center's website.

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