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Tia Wilson, Sickle Cell Disease Warrior

Tia Wilson

Cellular Therapy, Recipient, Wisconsin

Tia Wilson and her family have been deeply affected by sickle cell disease. Not only does Tia have sickle cell, but her brother, cousin and aunt all died from complications from the disease.

When she was just 3 years old, Tia suffered a stroke. She was hospitalized and began getting blood and platelet transfusions every four weeks. In 2015, Tia got a bone marrow transplant from another of her brothers.

As she’s grown up, Tia’s health has improved and her positive spirit and the generosity of blood donors are keeping her strong. Tia is thankful and hopeful that Versiti investigators can find better treatments and ultimately a cure for sickle cell disease.

“My goal is to make a difference by showing families out there that we can beat this disease,” says Tia’s mom, Mickey.

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Jesse Pagel presenting a check to Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin to support Organ Donation

Jesse Pagels

Jesse was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2003. Unfortunately, the treatment damaged his lungs. In 2013, a match was found and Jesse underwent a life-saving double lung transplant.

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Judge Mosely and Judge Eiring at Cream City 5K in 2019

Judges Derek Mosley and JoAnn Eiring

In 2014, Derek was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. Already his colleague and close friend, JoAnn got tested to see if she could donate her kidney and save Derek’s life.

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Gia Danninger

Gia Danninger

Gia Danninger is a fighter. When she was 5 years old, she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare disease that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells.

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