American Red Cross blood drive honors Illinois teen

May 3, 2013

Seth Lange is battling leukemia


NASHVILLE, Ill. (May 3, 2013) –Even while he fights his own battle with leukemia, 16-year-old Seth Lange wants to help others in similar situations. Seth and his family are joining the American Red Cross and Leaps of Love in inviting eligible blood donors to give blood at the Seth Lange Blood Drive on May 17.


 “People are in need of blood, and Seth’s family wants to do what it can to help people like Seth,” said Traci Riechmann, president of Leaps of Love. “We figured a blood drive would be a great way to do that.”


It is not uncommon for leukemia and cancer patients to require blood transfusions as part of their treatment. In fact, some cancer patients require daily transfusions.


Seth Lange Blood Drive

May 17 from 2 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

Route 127 South, Nashville, Ill.


Blood donated at the Seth Lange Blood Drive can help many patients, including cancer patients, accident victims and those undergoing surgery.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at