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Austin Mooney, Heart and Lung Transplant Recipient

Austin Mooney

Organ & Tissue, Recipient

Austin Mooney was born with a congenital heart defect and received a heart and double-lung transplant at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in June 2020. Complications kept Austin in the hospital for nearly half a year, and the blood he received during his stay was critical to his survival. Now, Austin, his family and his friends encourage everyone to donate blood.

In 2021, Austin teamed up with Versiti Blood Center of Ohio to host the Austin Mooney Celebration of Life Blood Drive, named in Austin’s honor for the incredible fight and perseverance he has shown throughout his life.

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Thomas Failing, HLA Platelet Donor

Thomas Failing

In the last year, Tom has donated HLA matched platelets 15 times to benefit Kathy, whose body cannot make enough platelets.

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Marqus Valentine

Marqus Valentine

Marqus Valentine is a co-founder of Sick Cells, a non-profit dedicated to improving the care and quality of life for people living with SCD. More information is available at SickCells.org.

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Jackie Kold

Jackie Kold

“No matter how healthy you are, you never know when you or someone you love will need blood,” said Jackie. “I hope my story inspires others to give this special gift.”

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