Versiti - LiLi Santee | Impact Stories

LiLi Santee

“We are grateful, thankful and fortunate, and believe in Versiti’s mission that rallies people around blood donation.”

LiLi Santee

Kati Santee’s journey with blood donation began when a college friend was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and reached out to friends, encouraging them to donate blood. Not long after, Kati and her family were going through the process of an international adoption and received a profile for a little girl who was dependent on blood transfusions.

“This was coming full circle—this was something new to me, the importance of blood donations, and now a child with a hematological condition,” Kati says. The Santee family soon adopted the little girl, LiLi, from China. After she arrived in the U.S., LiLi was diagnosed with pure red cell aplasia, a condition in which her bone marrow does not produce red blood cells.

“We quickly realized that she needed a blood transfusion every 14-21 days,” Kati says. “It became our mission, because we saw how donors were sustaining her life.” Since then, the Santee family and their friends have started a movement to encourage others to donate blood. “We are grateful, thankful and fortunate, and believe in Versiti’s mission that rallies people around blood donation,” she says.

LiLi received frequent blood transfusions for three years before receiving a bone marrow transplant and hasn’t needed a transfusion since. “LiLi is one of the most resilient little kids I have ever come across,” Kati says. “It’s been a tumultuous journey, but we’re on the other side of it now. She’s doing great.”

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.


Impact Stories | Blood Donation

Divinity Crittendon
Divinity experienced complications during childbirth and received 276 units of blood to replace what she lost. Now, she’s grateful for the blood donors who saved her, and her son’s, lives.
Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia shortly after his 2nd birthday and endured grueling chemotherapy to combat his cancer. As part of his treatment, he received blood transfusions to keep his body strong.
Riley Cadiz
Three-year-old Riley was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia in November 2022 and has received multiple blood and platelet transfusions to give her strength during grueling chemotherapy.
Katie Garvin
Brittany’s daughter Katie was diagnosed with fetomaternal hemorrhage at birth, during which she lost 80% of her blood in utero. Katie received three blood and platelet transfusions, saving her life.
Blood Donation FAQs
Read frequently asked questions involving donor eligibility, donation process, blood safety, platelet donation, plasma donation and more.
Types of Donations
Volunteer to donate blood at a blood donation center near you. Find out how often you can donate blood and make an appointment to donate today.
Where to Donate Blood Near You
There are may options where you can make your blood, platelet, or plasma donation. Your donations provide hospitals in your community with precious blood products that patients desparately need.
Share Your Story
Versiti invites you to share your story and photo to help encourage more people to give back. You may even be featured throughout the year on our social media.