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Milwaukee Remembers the Heroes of 9/11 with Memorial Blood Drive

Milwaukee Remembers the Heroes of 9/11 with Memorial Blood Drive

September 01, 2021

Versiti and Advocate Aurora Health partner to encourage blood donation on September 11

MILWAUKEE – Sept. 1, 2021 – On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Versiti is partnering with Advocate Aurora Health to remember the heroes and to honor the lives of the 2,977 Americans lost on that tragic day. In the spirit of the countless blood donors who rolled up their sleeves and gave blood in the days and weeks that followed the events of 9/11, Versiti and Advocate Aurora will host the Milwaukee Remembers Blood Drive on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

“Donating blood is a small way to be an everyday hero and to honor those who lost their lives on that tragic day 20 years ago," said Dr. Dan Waxman, vice president of transfusion medicine and senior medical director at Versiti. "One donation of blood can save up to three lives, and every donation helps us to ensure that blood is available in times of crisis. We are asking the community to join us in remembrance and answer the call to be a Beacon of Hope.”

All blood types are needed, with type O-positive and O-negative most in demand. O-positive is the most common blood type, while O-negative blood is the universal type that can be received safely by all patients in emergencies when the blood type is not known.

Milwaukee Remembers Blood Drive:
September 11, 2021, 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Wisconsin Center - Palm Garden & 102 Ballroom
400 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

As a token of gratitude, all attempting donors will receive a limited-edition 20th anniversary 9/11 T-shirt while supplies last.

To make an appointment, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or visit

Anyone 17 or older who is in good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-in donors are also welcome. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.

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Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Milwaukee that specializes in blood services, esoteric diagnostic testing, organ, tissue and stem cell donation, medical services and leading-edge research. We advance patient care by delivering life-saving products and services. For more information, visit

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