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Michael Robinson, Cancer Survivor

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Making a Difference Together Through Stem Cell and Cellular Therapy Research


We are all affected by cancer and other diseases. We are all passionate about finding cures so that others can live. You can help us to make that happen with your time, blood donations, financial gifts and commitment to battling all diseases of the blood. TOGETHER, we can improve treatments and ultimately find cures.

Your financial gift today will support our research to:

  • Find a better way to treat cancer without toxic chemotherapy.
  • Use a patient’s own healthy cells to fight cancer cells.
  • Replace and repair gene sequences for blood disorders and autoimmune disorders.
  • Harvest a patient’s own stem cells, grow new cells in test tubes, and use them to repair damaged tissue or organs.
Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson, Cancer Survivor

Michael Robinson


Michael was 39 when he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He underwent five different types of chemotherapy treatment and currently receives CAR-T cellular therapy to turn his own cells into cancer fighters. Though Michael might still need a bone marrow transplant to survive, he is hopeful that new research and discoveries into CAR-T cell treatment will help him and other patients conquer cancer and get a second chance at life. “CAR-T research is important because it works and it gives hope,” says Michael.

We need your help because cancer and blood diseases aren’t selective. This is OUR story. Together, let’s make a difference and save lives.

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Trey Hohenstreiter

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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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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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