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Katie Jorgensen, cancer survivor

Katie Jorgensen

Illinois, Recipient

Katie Jorgensen, from Newark, Ill., was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2015. During chemotherapy, Katie received seven blood and platelet transfusions to help her body recover from the grueling treatments. When she finished treatment in July 2016, her doctors declared Katie cancer-free.

Katie’s high school, Joliet Catholic Academy, holds blood drives to help save the lives of other patients like her. Inspired by her journey, Katie has ambitions to one day become a nurse – and wants to bring awareness to the life-saving power of blood donation.

“Without blood donors, I wouldn’t be here today. I am so lucky for the blood I received, that I want to make sure many people have the chance to receive blood in the future,” 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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Aaliyah Milledge

Aaliyah Milledge

When a mysterious illness brought her to the brink of death, Aaliyah Milledge was given the gift of life.

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