Annual blood drive to be held in memory of Illinois siblings

May 3, 2013

Casey, Noah Saffelder killed in separate crashes


MARION, Ill. (May 3, 2013) – The emotions of losing a loved one in a car crash is hard for many to fathom. To lose two may be unthinkable. But for Neil Saffelder and Audrey West, parents of Casey and Noah Saffelder, the emotions are, unfortunately, very real. Eighteen-year-old Casey was killed in a 2006 crash, while 17-year-old Noah died in a separate crash two years later. 


Casey and Noah’s parents are once again partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in memory of their children, in the hopes that others may be inspired to help patients in need.


“Although it may seem like a small thing to donate blood, it may mean the difference between life and death for the people who need it,” said Neil Saffelder.


5th Annual Saffelder Memorial Blood Drive

May 17 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Family Life Center

600 North Russell Street, Marion, Ill.


Everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a tie-dyed T-shirt, made in memory of Casey and Noah Saffelder.

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