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Be the Match looks for bone marrow donor at St. Louis Blues game

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By John Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis Blues had to battle the Los Angeles Kings on the ice Thursday night at Scotttrade, but it was a battle off the ice that caught a lot of people's attention.

The battle was to try and help save the life of a young fan.

"Seth is 16, he is very outgoing, lovable. He's a clown, he loves the Blues," said Seth's mother, Stacy Vogt.

Two years ago Seth Lange was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia. After months of chemotherapy, Seth's leukemia had gone into remission until the first week of March this year.

"And we found out that he'd relapsed," said Stacy.

Seth's leukemia makes him an excellent candidate for a life saving bone marrow transplant.

On Thursday Be the Match, an organization run by the National Marrow Donor Registry, is looking for Seth's match among fellow fans.

"We hope very soon to find a match for Seth and tonight we're here to honor him and get people to come out and join," said Amy Brousseau, account executive for Be the Match.

But even in a crowd like this, a good match can be hard to find.

"Like trying to find ten needles in a haystack," said Amy.

"It is heartbreaking to know that you may not have a match and to watch your son lay and suffer. Finding someone tonight would be great, it would be awesome, but we may have to keep on searching," said Stacy.

Seth has a history with the Blues. In December 2011 he told his mom that he wanted to collect toys for all the kids at Cardinal Glennon, where he received his treatments.

"Some of the Blues players actually caught wind of the story and were very touched so they joined Seth and helped him pass out some of those toys," said Amy.

Now Seth's mom hopes that his spirit of giving with inspire Blues fans to give a little of themselves.

"Once they hear the story, they're hopefully going to want to come out here and be swabbed and try to be a match. If it's not for my son it's for somebody else needs it," said Stacy.

Be the Match collected 113 samples at the Blues game. Seth is currently at Cardinal Glennon receiving treatment and was unable to attend.

If you would like to help, visit Be the Match's website or Seth's Facebook page.

 

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