Blood drive to honor Oak Mountain graduate


A local family is putting on a blood drive to honor their daughter, an Oak Mountain graduate who died in a car accident earlier this year.

Laura Elizabeth Langley died after a car accident on Interstate 65 June 3 of this year. She was a 2007 Oak Mountain graduate and a December 2011 University of Alabama graduate.

According to a press release, after the wreck, Laura Langley was taken to UAB, where the hospital used more than 50 units of blood in an effort to save her life. She passed away that night.

“Her family thinks it is only fair and fitting to try to replace that blood,” the press release read. “Summer is a time when blood supplies can drop to extremely low levels nationwide, so they are asking for blood donations.”

Laura’s parents, Jim and Ann Langley, are holding a blood drive at the Ross Bridge Town Center meeting hall in Hoover on Aug. 25. Shelby County residents can also donate at the American Red Cross donation center on Caldwell Mill Road.

Sign-up times for the blood drive can be found at under “Make a Blood Donation Appointment.” Those wishing to sign up can enter the code “LAURA” and select a date and time.

Donations will go to patients at UAB, Children’s Hospital and other area hospitals, according to the press release.