Boyd woman credits blood with saving her life

November 22, 2013

BOYD, Wis. — Every day the American Red Cross relies on the generosity of  volunteers to help collect blood products needed for patients. For nearly four decades, Boyd, Wis. resident Vi Mahr has been a dedicated Red Cross volunteer for the Stanley-Boyd community blood drives. She has helped sort and pack blood products, kept donors company while they donated and currently helps the local blood drive coordinator by calling donors to set up donation appointments.

Mahr also knows from personal experience the importance of a stable blood supply. In October 2012, Mahr need blood following hip replacement surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis. “My doctors said I was as white as a pillow case following surgery,” said Mahr. “After a blood transfusion, my color returned and I felt much stronger.”

The following January, Mahr underwent a second hip replacement surgery and again needed blood to help her recover. Between the two surgeries, she received three pints of blood.

“The Red Cross helped save my life,” said Mahr. “I’m living proof that blood products can help save lives. If the blood I needed hadn’t been available, I might not be here today.”

As a way to showing her gratitude, Mahr is encouraging others to give something that means something by making a blood donation appointment at the Dec. 24 community blood drive at the Boyd Legion Hall. “When you give the gift of life with the Red Cross, you’re giving patients the chance to spend more holiday seasons with their loved ones,” said Mahr. “By doing something that doesn’t cost a thing, you can give an amazing gift – you can offer hope to a patient in need.”

Community Blood Drive:

Tues., Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Boyd Legion Hall, 135 Clark Street, Boyd, Wis.

As a token of appreciation, each presenting donor will receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.