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Aaliyah Milledge, double lung transplant recipient

Donate Life Month

Every April, Versiti honors and recognizes the life-saving gifts of organ and tissue donation.

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Carine Krull

Hospital Development Supervisor
Email 414-937-6995

April is Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to encourage members of the community to join the organ and tissue donor registry, and remember the organ donors and their families who have given the gift of life to others.

Pause to Give Life

Every April, hospitals and organizations show their support for Donate Life Month by participating in a flag raising followed by a moment of silence. This statewide observance raises awareness of organ and tissue donation, and we’re proud to support our partner organizations that are participating this year.


Cream City 5K

Judge Derek Mosley and Judge Joann Eiring

Judges Joann Eiring and Derek Mosley pose before the 2018 Cream City 5K.

Versiti is a proud sponsor of the Cream City 5k, an annual walk/run at Greenfield Park in West Allis, WI, that raises awareness of the life-saving gifts of organ and tissue donation.

About the Cream City 5K

Jesse Pagels, a professional trumpet player and runner, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2003 and underwent chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant before being declared cancer-free. However, the treatments left him with pulmonary fibrosis, and in 2012, he was placed on the organ transplant list. Jesse received a double lung transplant in 2013, and founded the Cream City 5k in 2015 as a way to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.

Impact Stories

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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Da'Quan Nichols-Cox

Da'Quan Nichols-Cox

On Nov. 21, 2015, 14-year-old Da’Quan Nichols-Cox lost his life from injuries sustained in a car accident. Through the gift of organ donation he gave 5 kids a second chance at life.

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