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Matt Winker

Matt Winker

Recipient, Treatment, Wisconsin

Matt Winker was working on his farm in Belgium, Wis., when an accident nearly took his life. His body got caught in a hay baler, and he suffered severe injuries to his lungs, ribs and arm.

“They say your life flashes before your eyes. They are not kidding,” says Matt.

Matt was airlifted to the hospital where he had several surgeries and was in an induced coma for 19 days. He needed 30 units of blood to stay alive.

After a long recovery, Matt is back at work on his dairy farm, grateful to be doing what he loves.

“Donors gave me a second chance at life. I want to thank everybody for donating blood, because without them I wouldn't be here today.”


People need people, make a difference in someone’s life by donating blood.

We must rely on each other for the gift of blood, and patients in your community rely on the generosity of Versiti’s blood donors to help. Please consider scheduling an appointment to donate. If this is your first time, donating blood is quick, easy and relatively painless. And, it is a great way to give back and help patients in your community.

View our Blood Donation FAQs for more information.

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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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