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Injured Good Samaritan shares gift of life

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A good Samaritan struck by a vehicle while helping a bystander is still recovering months later.

After Tyler Ryan's brush with death, he has a new message he wants to spread, sharing the gift of life.

Ryan is back to work at Remington Park where he is a valet attendant.

We last saw him bandaged in a wheel chair at a fundraiser for a new prosthetic leg.

Last November he was struck by a car while helping a stranger change a tire in Edmond near 15th St. and Santa Fe Ave.

"At the scene of the accident I lost over half of the blood in my body. When it was all said and done, I ended up getting 29 units of blood," Ryan said.

Ryan has made great strides in his recovery in the past several months.

He realizes he would not be here today if he didn't receive blood from 29 people who donated.

Now he wants others to understand the importance of giving blood.

"There's no other substitute for blood when you need it," Leslie Gamble said with Oklahoma Blood Institute.

She said, "Most of the people who receive donated blood don't think they will ever need it. Sometimes it's a brand new baby born prematurely, someone facing cancer or even someone in a trauma accident like Tyler."

Ryan has learned to walk again and now he has teamed up with OBI, encouraging thousands to come out and give blood at an upcoming drive.

"You don't realize the importance of it until you're one of the people in need," Ryan said.

The liquid love doesn't cost anything but the end result is priceless.

"It doesn't require you to give money or write a check. It's just a wonderful way to show compassion and help people in your community," she said.

Casinos across the state are hosting blood drives:

  • Riverwind, Norman May 23 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Lucky Star, Concho May 24 Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Thunder Bird, Norman May 24 1-6 p.m.
  • Sugar Creek, Hinton May 25 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Remington Park, Oklahoma City May 25 Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Newcastle Gaming Center May 26 Noon - 4:30 p.m.

The goal is to have 500 people at each blood drive.

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