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Melissa Fortino

Melissa Fortino

Blood Donation, Michigan

Through blood donation, Melissa hopes to save lives and inspire more young people to give the gift of life.

Melissa has type O negative blood, which is the universal blood type that can be safely received by all patients.

“When I learned about how few people with O negative blood donate and how it goes to help trauma patients, that’s when I started donating,” said Melissa.

When one of Melissa’s friends was diagnosed with cancer and needed platelets for their treatment, Melissa began donating platelets every two weeks. Driven by her friend’s battle to survive, Melissa hopes to inspire others to help patients in need through the life-saving act of blood donation.

 “We have to support each other as a community. We can help save lives,” said Melissa.

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Katie Jorgensen, cancer survivor

Katie Jorgensen

“Without blood donors, I wouldn’t be here today. I am so lucky for the blood I received,” 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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