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Dawn Marisch

Dawn Marisch

Treatment, Wisconsin


On a typical summer day, Dawn found herself in an extraordinary and life-threatening situation. She suffered a ruptured aneurysm while at work and was treated by first responders before she was rushed to the hospital. 

Over the next four days, she received a remarkable 90 units of blood, platelets and plasma. She would not be alive today if not for the blood donors who helped to save her life. 

Dawn is now a blood donor herself – grateful for the chance to save others. As an O-negative donor – which is the universal blood type, used in emergency situations – Dawn understands the amazing impact just one blood donation can make.

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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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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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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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