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Shanice Bowen

Shanice Bowen

Michigan, Recipient

Told that she would not live a long life, blood transfusions helped Shanice survive and give back as a valued Versiti team member in Michigan.

Shanice was born with sickle cell anemia, a painful and life-threatening blood disease that predominantly afflicts African-American patients. Three times she has needed blood transfusions to ease the excruciating pain and save her life.

“Blood transfusions really helped replenish my energy and it definitely increased my blood circulation throughout my body. Being on the receiving end, you can always tell how much of a difference it makes,” said Shanice.

Proving her doctors wrong, Shanice is going to college and has started a career with Versiti’s donor services team, giving back the gift of life to others in need.

“Thanks to blood donors, I can make a difference in people’s lives,” says Shanice.


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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Jackie Kold

Jackie Kold

“No matter how healthy you are, you never know when you or someone you love will need blood,” said Jackie. “I hope my story inspires others to give this special gift.”

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Linkin Eger

Nine-year old Linkin Eger is no stranger to the up-hill battle with cancer, but blood donors have provided precious gifts to help Linkin thrive.

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Elodie Ontala

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