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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.


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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