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OU fan donates blood to OSU fan, despite bedlam rivalry

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A man's life was saved by almost a hundred blood donors, one of them a bedlam rival.

Tyler Zander was seriously injured in a grain elevator accident. His leg was severed, and he has many more internal injuries.

It took 97 blood donors to save his life.

One of them was fellow Oklahoman Teresa Keever, who is a big OU fan. Zander, on the other hand, is a diehard Pokes fan.

"I have met a few of my other donors and, fortunately, all of them were OSU fans. So, this is the first one that I have met that's an OU fan, so I'm still trying to get used to it, still trying to convert her," Zander said. "I have a feeling after this game she may come over to the right side."

While the two may be on opposite sides of the bedlam battle, they said giving blood has brought them together.

"It doesn't take but a fraction of your time, and why not? And, plus, it helps your own body, as well," Keever said. "And, it connects you to the community - in this case and point, meeting Tyler, even though he is an OSU fan, but he has my blood."

The Oklahoma Blood Institute invited you to show your bedlam pride this Friday. Donors will receive a blood donor T-shirt and hot dogs, courtesy of the Oklahoma Beef Council. Plus, you'll be entered to win two tickets to this year's bedlam battle.

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