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Gia Danninger

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You are our inspiration to discover research breakthroughs and better treatments for patients.

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One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Your financial gift will support our expert scientists and doctors researching blood diseases.


At Versiti Blood Research Institute, we are doing our part to research COVID-19 and further our mission of making the world a better place. But we can’t do it without your help.

Recently, we have begun collecting donated plasma from convalescent COVID-19 patients to treat others with the disease. The discoveries we have made—and continue to make—occur in no small part because of you. Your financial gifts are critical to propelling our research.

Your financial gift today will support our research to:

  • Better understand COVID-19 and develop new treatments for patients
  • Use a patient’s own healthy cells to fight cancer
  • Replace and repair gene sequences for blood disorders and autoimmune diseases
  • Harvest a patient’s own stem cells and use them to repair damaged tissue or organs
Gia Danninger

Gia Danninger, Recipient, Treatment

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. Doctors told her and her family that she would need a bone marrow transplant to survive.

To prepare her body for the transplant, Gia received numerous blood transfusions as she anxiously awaited a life-saving marrow match. The search took less than three weeks, thanks in part to testing provided by Versiti.

In 2017, Gia underwent the bone marrow transplant and soon recovered and returned to a happy and healthy childhood. Now, Gia and her family are thankful for the blood and marrow donors who gave her a second chance at life.

“Blood donations can totally change someone’s world,” said Gia’s mom Jenna.

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.

Additional Impact Stories

Trey Hohenstreiter

Trey Hohenstreiter

Trey was just 4 years old when he received the life-changing news – he had cancer. Read his story.

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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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Kelley McCaskill

Vice President, Philanthropy
Phone: 414-937-6229 Email: kcmccaskill@Versiti.org

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