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OU Fan Helps Save OSU Fan Through Blood Donation

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They're rivals on the field. But now this die hard Cowboy has Sooner blood running through his veins. They're rivals on the field. But now this die hard Cowboy has Sooner blood running through his veins.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

Bedlam blood now runs through an OSU Cowboy's body.

The now senior needed nearly 100 units of blood after a grain elevator accident severed his leg. If he had a choice only Cowboy blood would flow through his body. But it took a little OU blood to save Tyler Zander's life.

They're rivals on the field. But now this die hard Cowboy has Sooner blood running through his veins.

“I don't like to think about that. Don't say that. I'm just honestly I am very thankful,” said Tyler Zander.

Teresa Keever is one of the 97 blood donors it took to save Tyler's life. A gain elevator accident before his senior year of high school amputated his leg.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute gave Tyler a chance to thank some of the donors.

"It was huge for somebody at Teresa’s point because people don't have the opportunity to see where this blood is actually going," said Zander.

"It was very emotional for me, I cried of course. And I probably held on to him too tight. I couldn't help it," said Teresa Keever.

Hugs quickly turned to trash talk.

“She was making fun of my orange and I was making fun of her crimson,” said Zander.

Team differences aside Teresa is now able to see the impact of her donations. Her first blood donation was made after the Murrah Federal Building bombing.

I remember waiting in line that wrapped around the building and it took a good four hours to get in there and I realized the purpose of this is more than just helping but it's saving lives.

Saving unknown lives, whether they wear crimson and cream or orange and black.

“She may be a sooner I may be a cowboy but at the end of the day we are all Oklahomans,” said Zander.

Tyler and Teresa shook on a friendly wager today. For this year's bedlam game the losing fan must wear the winner's school shirt for a day.

Friday kicks off the annual OBI Bedlam Blood Drive.

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