Location out of bounds
Radial
Radial

Newsroom

Resources for journalists

All Impact Stories
Gia Danninger

Gia Danninger

Recipient, Treatment

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. Doctors told her and her family that she would need a bone marrow transplant to survive.

To prepare her body for the transplant, Gia received numerous blood transfusions as she anxiously awaited a life-saving marrow match. The search took less than three weeks, thanks in part to HLA testing provided by Versiti.

In 2017, Gia underwent the bone marrow transplant and soon recovered and returned to a happy and healthy childhood. Now, Gia and her family are thankful for both blood and marrow donors that gave her – and other patients in need – a second chance at life.

Blood donations can totally change someone’s world,” says, Gia’s mom, Jenna.


Many patients with life-threatening illnesses rely on bone marrow transplants.

The Be The Match marrow donor registry is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program and has been helping patients receive life-saving bone marrow transplants for nearly 30 years. Bone marrow transplants can help patients suffering from a variety of illnesses, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell disease.

Learn more about marrow donation and join the Be The Match registry.

Other Impact Stories

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.

View Story
Trey Hohenstreiter

Trey Hohenstreiter

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

View Story
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.

View Story
ic-arrow-right
x

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more