Albany Blood Donor Flying High Thanks to the Red Cross and Delta Air Lines!

October 1, 2010

Pictured (l-r): Kathy Dallas, American Red Cross; Winona Greenway; Susann McNair, American Red CrossALBANY, Ga.– Winona Greenway of Albany, Ga., is planning a vacation!  Greenway was the recent winner of the World Blood Donor Day promotion from the American Red Cross.  Greenway entered and won the raffle, affording her two round-trip international Delta Air Lines tickets. 

This O-positive donor donates consistently at Darton College in Albany, Ga.  Greenway has been a blood donor for the past 19 years.  She realized the importance of her donations when her husband fell ill and required a liver transplant. 

“Our family became educated quickly on the importance of platelet and other blood products during the time that my husband was waiting for a liver,” she said.  “In understanding the struggles that patients and their families experience, I have just committed myself to giving back.” 

Although her husband passed away in July 2005, Greenway continues her dedication and commitment to blood donations.  When asked about winning the round trip Delta Air Lines tickets, she replied “I am still walking on air.” 

Having traveled internationally before, Greenway says she will share this trip with her son.  The two will take a tour of Italy in November of this year. 

“I just think it is so important to show others how wonderful God is and how we all need to help one another, “said Greenway. 

The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region needs 1,200 people to donate blood each weekday to meet the needs of patients in more than 130 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the region.  Most healthy people age 17 and older,or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. The process is safe and takes about an hour.  For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767).