KOLR 10's Interview With Katie's Voice: Fundraiser Brings Awareness to Deep Vein Thrombosis

A nonprofit organization formed nearly three years ago continues to push its message.

'Katie's Voice' was put together to raise awareness of Deep Vein Thrombosis -- or DVT. Sharon Anderson of Springfield lost her best friend and sister Katie Projansky suddenly to DVT in June 2009. She was 36.

You may know DVT as a blood clot -- something Anderson says needs to be screened for at birth. She's the president of Katie's Voice, which held a fundraiser at Enterprise Lanes in Springfield Friday night.

Anderson says there were warning signs and more could've been down to save her sister.

"Katie's death was really senseless. If we would've known more information about blood clots and about pulmonary embolism we would've been able to help save her."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that between 350,000 and 600,000 Americans suffer from the disease and at least 100,000 people die from it each year.