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Tifton community unites to support Randy Green blood drive

Randy Green (Source: WALB) Randy Green (Source: WALB)
Many came to give blood (Source: WALB) Many came to give blood (Source: WALB)
Support was overwhelming for Green (Source: WALB) Support was overwhelming for Green (Source: WALB)
Randy and friends (Source: WALB) Randy and friends (Source: WALB)
Walt Clements (Source: WALB) Walt Clements (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A lot of people enjoyed the beautiful weather at Harley Davidson of Tifton Saturday, but they weren't all buying motorcycles. Friends of Randy Green held the third annual blood drive in his honor.

Randy Green is a self-described Harley enthusiast and motorcycle aficionado. 

"Always loved motorcycling since I was about ten years old," said Green." I had many bikes."

Green is also a cancer survivor.

His life changed in September of 2013. 

"One week I was on a long bicycle ride and the next weekend I passed out at the breakfast table, taken to the hospital, and they found out that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia," said Green.

Green found himself in the shoes of thousands of others, needing blood and needing it quickly.

"It's been very special to learn how many friends and family and community members have been caring and supportive," said Green.

Green estimates getting at least 100 units of blood in his recovery.

"The need for blood is going to touch every family eventually," said Green.

That's where his friends come in. Walt Clements started the blood drive in Tifton two years ago.

"There's people every day that come down with cancer.It doesn't care who it jumps on and seems like everybody that has cancer needs blood," said Clements.

Dozens of people showed up--people that know and don't know Green.

"It's just really mind blowing to see the folks that will come out and give," said Clements.

"It's important for me to be able to help Randy today, to be able to help someone but particularly Randy," said Mike Delk.

The support was overwhelming for Green.

"As long as One Blood will keep coming down and taking blood, we'll keep doing it every year," said Clements.

According to organizers, the event will go on well into the future.

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