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Thomas Failing, HLA Platelet Donor

Thomas Failing

Michigan, Platelet Donor

Thomas Failing is committed to helping others in need. When Versiti contacted him and said he was one of only two perfect matches for a leukemia patient in need of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matched platelets, he immediately said yes.

In the last year, he has donated HLA matched platelets 15 times to benefit Kathy, whose body cannot make enough platelets. “As soon as I get the platelets, my numbers go up,” she says. “From there, it’ll steadily decrease. But it gives me more time with my family, and that’s all we can ask for.”

Two of Versiti’s volunteer drivers help Thomas’ platelets make the trip from Michigan to Illinois, where Kathy lives. “Versiti got us together to extend her life,” Thomas says. “It’s a wonderful blessing.”

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Austin Mooney, Heart and Lung Transplant Recipient

Austin Mooney

Austin received a heart and double-lung transplant, because of doctors at the Ohio Wexner Medical Center and donors he is thriving today.

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Marqus Valentine

Marqus Valentine

Marqus Valentine is a co-founder of Sick Cells, a non-profit dedicated to improving the care and quality of life for people living with SCD. More information is available at SickCells.org.

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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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