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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.

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.

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Trey Hohenstreiter

Trey Hohenstreiter

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

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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.

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