March 13, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
The 20th-ranked Auburn softball team, in conjunction with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, East Alabama Region, collected more than 75 units of blood through a "Friends of the Patient" Blood Drive Monday at the McWhorter Center.
The drive was in honor of Jennifer Byerley Yoast, the daughter of Auburn assistant coach Jack Byerley. Yoast passed away Jan. 8 from complications after giving birth to her son, Jack. Yoast received 12 blood transfusions during her treatment.
"It's very heartwarming to know that people in the community and the University care this much," Byerley said. "A lot of friends of Jennifer's who go to school here have come out and donated. We've also seen a lot of students. It's all very touching."
All donors received a LifeSouth Community Blood Center t-shirt as well as a free cholesterol screening.
LifeSouth's local region is a nonprofit, charitable organization that serves as the primary blood supplier for Russell Medical Center, East Alabama Medical Center, Lanier Memorial Hospital, Randolph Medical Center and Lake Martin Community Hospital.