At first, Gramlich and her sister would go to Disney World just for the day. Now when they visit, they stay for the weekend. 

At first, Gramlich and her sister would go to Disney World just for the day. Now when they visit, they stay for the weekend.  (Victoria Daniello)

The cost of traveling with her plasma donations going up, she still covers a significant amount of the trip using them, but she has to save a little more on occasion to cover a longer stay or an upgrade to a premium resort.

“That was cheaper than gas for a round trip somewhere.”

Adult and child patients with cancer, as well as those with liver or clotting factor disorders, can benefit from plasma donations. It may also assist someone who is suffering from burns, trauma, or other medical emergencies, according to Standford Children’s Health. “The proteins and antibodies in plasma have applications in rare chronic illnesses such as autoimmune diseases and hemophilia,” the website notes.

Gramlich is glad plasma donations could potentially serve a life-saving purpose.

“When it came down to it, I was like, ‘Oh, I can assist someone by offering plasma instead of accomplishing anything else,’ ” she added.