UWG Hosts Blood Drive Dedicated to Amy Renfrow Widener

Friday, May 31, 2013

The University of West Georgia Coliseum was filled with family, friends and people of the community for the American Red Cross honor blood drive dedicated to Amy Renfrow Widener on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Widener attended the blood drive with her father, Mike Renfrow, a UWG staff member. The two were pleased with the attendance and were extremely grateful for all who came out to donate.

“When I heard how much blood I had received in the hospital, and that they planned the blood drives in my honor, I was touched,” said Widener. “To see so much support and from people who don’t even know me is very touching.”

Richard Dixon, a family friend of Renfrow, helped organize the drive. The two are members of the Kiwanis Club and Dixon was more than willing to help the Renfrow family. “I’ve known Mike for a long time and he is a past president in our Kiwanis Club, as I, so we are like a family and we support everybody in our club,” said Dixon.

Dixon is supportive of the Renfrow family and believes in the importance of giving blood. “You are basically saving a life, that is what you are doing whether it goes to Amy or whomever it might be,” Dixon said.

Nadine Pugh, American Red Cross Supervisor stresses the importance of donating blood. “Anybody who is eligible to give blood needs to come out as much as they can and donate,” said Pugh. “Blood actually has a 42 day shelf life, and it doesn’t stay on the shelf that long because the need and demand is so great.”

“We had 53 scheduled appointments and addition to that we had a lot of walk-ins,” she said. The community came together on Tuesday to give blood and will continue to support Widener through her recovery.

Donating blood is an easy way to help save someone’s life. For more information on how to donate to the American Red Cross please visit www.redcross.org.

Photo 1: Volunteer Helps to Register Donors