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Dawn Marisch

Dawn Marisch

Treatment, Wisconsin

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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.


People need people, make a difference in someone’s life by donating blood.

We must rely on each other for the gift of blood, and patients in your community rely on the generosity of Versiti’s blood donors to help. Please consider scheduling an appointment to donate. If this is your first time, donating blood is quick, easy and relatively painless. And, it is a great way to give back and help patients in your community.

View our Blood Donation FAQs for more information.

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