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Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips

Organ & Tissue, Wisconsin

Matt received a life-saving heart transplant in 2009.  “Without this gift of love and life, I would not have seen my son graduate from high school or enjoy precious moments with my grandchildren. Every day is a new beginning for me and I am very thankful for all of my blessings,” says Matt.

Investigators at BloodCenter’s Blood Research Institute continue to seek causes and treatments for heart disease and stroke.

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Jesse Pagel presenting a check to Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin to support Organ Donation

Jesse Pagels

Jesse was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2003. Unfortunately, the treatment damaged his lungs. In 2013, a match was found and Jesse underwent a life-saving double lung transplant.

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Judge Mosely and Judge Eiring at Cream City 5K in 2019

Judges Derek Mosley and JoAnn Eiring

In 2014, Derek was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. Already his colleague and close friend, JoAnn got tested to see if she could donate her kidney and save Derek’s life.

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Gia Danninger

Gia Danninger

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.

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