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Da'Quan Nichols-Cox

Da'Quan Nichols-Cox

Organ & Tissue, Wisconsin

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, Da’Quan was determined to be a match for five patients in need. Incredibly, transplant teams successfully completed one heart, two liver and two kidney transplants in a 24-hour span, giving the grateful kids a second chance at life.

Two years to the day since Da’Quan’s passing, his mom, Inica, and four of the recipients – ranging from ages 3 to 12 – and their parents met for the first time. This connection is possible because of Inica’s selfless decision to help other families hoping for a donation miracle.

“I can’t believe the impact that my son has had on other families because of the decision that me and my family made,” says Inica.

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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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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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