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James Jasso

James Jasso

Blood Donation, Wisconsin

Not only is James Jasso a loyal blood donor, but he also has a special gift that is helping to save the lives of patients across the country.

The 30-year-old Milwaukee native has a rare type of O negative blood which is needed by both adults and newborn infants with under-developed immune systems. James’ life-saving blood donations have been shared with patients living not only in Wisconsin, but also Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

“I donate blood, because I enjoy helping,” said Jasso. “Just to know that my rare blood type can help people across the country gives me a really good feeling.”

In December 2015, James was recognized as the 100,000th rare blood donor in the American Rare Donor Program (ARDP). He is one of approximately 3,000 blood donors from Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin registered with the ARDP.

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin is a leader in providing rare or uncommon blood to patients across the country, serving patients with unique needs, ensuring they will receive the appropriate care. Patients with rare or uncommon blood types rely on Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin to identify matching donors who can provide life-saving treatment. Meet one of our rare blood donors who is saving lives and setting a national milestone.

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