Thomas Williams

“Blood donation really does save lives.”

Thomas Williams

“You have kids, and your whole life changes. Suddenly, your priority is raising them well,” says Lori Williams. Little did she know that shortly after his 2nd birthday, her son Thomas would be diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. You feel so powerless and scared,” she says.

To combat his cancer, Thomas was put on a trial drug that combined two of the most powerful forms of chemotherapy, which allowed for an extended-release time. “This was kind of extreme; he would have no immune system whatsoever after chemo,” Lori says. To keep his body strong before and after chemotherapy, Thomas received no fewer than 18 blood transfusions. “It really made a difference for his care,” Lori says. “After his transfusions, he was like a different kid. He lit up, his color was back—it made such a huge difference.”

Thomas took cancer in stride and is thriving today. “It was harder for us than it was on him. Emotionally, he was at a stage where whatever situation he was in, he accepted it,” Lori says. “Despite having to be hooked up to an IV, getting treatments and taking meds, he was so active and so happy every day. He inspires me.”

Now, Lori encourages others to donate blood and help save the lives of children like Thomas. “It really does save lives. I didn’t know until Thomas was in treatment that pretty much every child that goes through cancer treatment gets blood products,” she says. “I always ask people, ‘If you could save my son’s life by giving blood, would you do it?’ And they always say yes.”


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

 
Elise and Mia Goebel
Sisters Elise and Mia Goebel share more than a sisterly bond: They also have factor VII deficiency, a rare blood disorder that affects the blood’s ability to clot. 
 
Katie Jorgensen
“Without blood donors, I wouldn’t be here today. I am so lucky for the blood I received,” said Katie.
 
Mariah Roberts
Mariah is one of nearly 100,000 Americans who suffer from this life-threatening disease. Thanks to blood donors, she has a bright future ahead.
 
Blood Donation FAQs
Read frequently asked questions involving donor eligibility, donation process, blood safety 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.
 
Importance of Diverse Donors
Diverse blood donations improve blood transfusion outcomes for sickle cell patients and diverse blood recipients. Make an appointment to donate blood.
 
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.