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Hit-and-Run Victim's Fiance Leads Blood Donation Campaign

Updated: Wednesday, September 3 2014, 11:17 PM CDT

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Nashville, TN - ONLY ON FOX, less than 3 weeks after a near-fatal pedestrian accident, the victim's fiance is leading a campaign to give back.
   
As Matt Rizor continues to fight for his life in the hospital and the driver who hit him is still on the loose, Michelle McGuire is leading the charge to donate blood in Matt's honor.

She has taken on this new cause in helping Matt recover from a collission that nearly killed him.

"Rize Up" keeps her going since the 34-year old  was hit by a car around 3am August 16th on West End Avenue.

McGuire says, "The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster.  He has good days, he has bad days.  The bad days really get to me because i see him progress when he has a really bad day."

Rizor was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and remained in a coma with extensive bleeding in his brain until this week.

"He woke up out of the coma a few days ago.  His eyes are open.  He's still not really alert and he can't really communicate-- he can nod his head yes or no but he can't talk."

Despite a gloom prognosis from doctors and what she says is a lack of help from law enforcement to catch the driver who hit him, Michelle remains hopeful that someday Matt will return home with her and their two dogs.

It's the public outpouring of support that keeps her going.

"From donations, people bringing food to the hospital, sending cards in the mail, facebook messages-- It's been overwhelming and we cannot appreciate it enough."
   
A Go-fund-me account for Rizor helps her stay by his bedside.

And on the heels of the ice bucket challenge, Michelle hopes to see a similar trend with blood donations.

Donate 16-ounces or 16-dollars to the couple's fundraising account.

Meanwhile, metro police tell Fox 17 they have no leads at this time and they're asking for the public's help in identifying the driver.
   
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 74-Crime.

Hit-and-Run Victim's Fiance Leads Blood Donation Campaign


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