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Fay Spano

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Phone: 414-937-6124 Email: fspano@versiti.org

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Communications Specialist
Phone: 414-937-6138 Email: zwarren@versiti.org

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Adelaide Yost

Adelaide Yost is living a normal, healthy life. Adelaide has von Willebrand disease.

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Alana Merkow

Alana Merkow

When she was 21 years old, Alana Merkow signed up to be bone marrow donor, not knowing that one day she would save a stranger’s life.

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Da'Quan Nichols-Cox

Da'Quan Nichols-Cox

On Nov. 21, 2015, 14-year-old Da’Quan Nichols-Cox lost his life from injuries sustained in a car accident. Through the gift of organ donation he gave 5 kids a second chance at life.

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Dawn Marisch

Dawn Marisch

After her aneurysm Dawn needed 90 units of blood to survive. Watch her incredible story.

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Alan Mast M.D, Ph.D

Dr. Alan Mast

Giving hope to patients suffering from cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

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Dr. Joshua Field

Dr. Joshua Field

Sickle cell disease research for new and better treatments and to ease suffering.

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Emily Alanis and her son Elliot

Emily Alanis

Emily Alanis, and her son, Elliot, were saved thanks to the generosity of blood and platelet donors.

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Gia Danninger

Gia Danninger

Gia Danninger is a fighter. When she was 5 years old, she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare disease that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells.

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Harlow Millies

Harlow Millies

Harlow Millies from Hartland, Wis., was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2017. All of a sudden, a happy and healthy child began fighting for her life.

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Hudson Harloff

Hudson Harloff

Hudson Harloff isn't able to produce red blood cells, so every couple of weeks he needs a transfusion. Read more about his story.

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Isaac Walker

Isaac Walker

Blood and bone marrow transplant recipient Isaac Walker is alive today because of the generosity of donors in our community.

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Jack Zbiegien

Jack received a remarkable 300 blood transfusions – and a life-saving bone marrow transplant – to help him beat leukemia.

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James Jasso

James Jasso

Meet one of our rare blood donors who is saving lives and setting a national milestone.

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Jesse Pagel presenting a check to Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin to support Organ Donation

Jesse Pagels

Jesse was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2003. Unfortunately, the treatment damaged his lungs. In 2013, a match was found and Jesse underwent a life-saving double lung transplant.

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Judge Mosely and Judge Eiring at Cream City 5K in 2019

Judges Derek Mosley and JoAnn Eiring

In 2014, Derek was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. Already his colleague and close friend, JoAnn got tested to see if she could donate her kidney and save Derek’s life.

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Katie Jorgensen, cancer survivor

Katie Jorgensen

“Without blood donors, I wouldn’t be here today. I am so lucky for the blood I received,” said Katie.

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Bailey and Lilly Dove

Lily and Bailey Dove

Lily and Bailey Dove share a special bond: they are identical twins. They are also connected by the disease they are battling.

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Mariah Roberts

Mariah Roberts

Mariah is one of nearly 100,000 Americans who suffer from this life-threatening disease. Thanks to blood donors, she has a bright future ahead.

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Martha Sullivan

Martha Sullivan

Martha thought she just had the common cold, after a late-night trip to the ER she found out it was much more series, leukemia. Read her full story.

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Melissa Fortino

Melissa Fortino

Through blood donation, Melissa hopes to save lives and inspire more young people to give the gift of life.

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Misty Welch, and her family holding a picture of baby Dalton.

Misty Welch

Versiti Blood Center of Indiana’s Misty Welch had always wanted a son and when she was expecting a baby boy, it was a dream come true. However, their dream quickly turned into a nightmare. Read her story.

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Mitch Arnold

Mitch Arnold

When he was 10 years old, Mitch was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. In 2017, Mitch relapsed and received a bone marrow transplant that helped save his life.

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Molly Blackwood

Molly Blackwood

In 2018, Molly underwent a tissue transplant to fuse her spine and allow new bone to grow. Thanks to the transplant, Molly is completely healed and back to living a fulfilling life.

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Jake Pansier

Jason "Jake" Pansier

Jake Pansier would have lost his life had it not been for 300 blood donations made by volunteer donors.

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Keeanna Meadows

Keeanna Meadows

Keeanna is one of BCW's team leaders who coordinates mobile blood drives throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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Latoyia Webb

Latoyia Webb

Latoyia is determined to live life to the fullest – despite the hurdles of sickle cell disease.

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Laura Miller

Laura Miller

Laura's family decided donating her organs might provide a chance at life for someone else – and it did.

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Mario Higgins

Mario Higgins

Mario is a blood donor with a rare blood type.

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Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips

Every day is a new beginning for me.

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Matt Winker

Matt Winker

"Donors gave me a second chance at life."

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Arthur Nienhuis

Arthur Nienhuis

"You never know who you might help by donating blood. If you can do it, please do."

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Porscha Burks

Porscha Burks

"By my early 20s, I felt like my disease had taken over."

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Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis has received the gift of life not once, but twice. “I think that everybody should be an organ donor. You can definitely make a difference in somebody’s life.”

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Roehling Twins

Twins Chloe and Kendall Roehling have always battled the odds together.

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Shanice Bowen

Shanice Bowen

Told that she would not live a long life, blood transfusions helped Shanice survive and give back as a valued Versiti team member in Michigan.

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Shanice Williams

When she was two years old, Shanice was diagnosed with sickle cell disease.

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Steven Seraphine

Support Steven through the life-saving gift of blood donation.

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Tara Blaesing

Tara suffered complications after giving birth to twins Benjamin and Imogen.

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Taylor Babec, cancer survivor

Taylor Babec

“It is very important for eligible donors to donate,” says Taylor. “Every time you donate, you are potentially saving a life, a life like mine.”

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Tia Wilson, Sickle Cell Disease Warrior

Tia Wilson

Tia Wilson and her family have been deeply affected by sickle cell disease. Tia’s health has improved and her positive spirit and the generosity of blood donors are keeping her strong.

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Trey Hohenstreiter

Trey Hohenstreiter

Trey was just 4 years old when he received the life-changing news – he had cancer. Read his story.

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Zach Fechter received treatment from the Comprehensive Center for Bleeding Disorders for his diagnosis of Hemophilia A.

Zach Fechter

Zach Fechter was diagnosed with severe Hemophilia A, an incurable blood clotting disorder. Following the diagnosis, Zach began receiving treatment through our Comprehensive Center for Bleeding Disorders (CCBD).

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