Congratulations to OSU, the 2013 Bedlam Blood Battle winners!
November 25, 2013 – Congratulations Stephen McC. from Yukon, OK. Stephen is a loyal donor who always gives at Lowe’s and this time his donation won him a pair of Bedlam tickets for Saturday!
The winning school in this season’s Bedlam Blood Battle was Oklahoma State University (OSU). Some 1,169 Cowboys volunteered to give blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) in the friendly competition between the state’s two largest universities. The University of Oklahoma rallied 1,141 on its Norman campus, wanting to give life-saving blood. With only 28 participants separating the two schools, the leader of the state’s blood center noted, everyone is a winner in this effort.
“The Bedlam Blood Battle is a great opportunity for blood donors to show their school spirit,” said John Armitage, M.D., OBI President and CEO. “It is also a way to show the best in community spirit by saving lives. And that is the real win.”
The last two weeks, students, faculty and staff in Stillwater and Norman participated in Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Bedlam Blood Battle, competing to see which school could enlist the most life-saving blood donors. A total of 1,932 people gave blood in the Bedlam Blood Battle. A trophy will be presented to OSU student leaders on Dec. 7 at the Bedlam football game.
The Bedlam Blood Battle highlighted the need for blood donation heading into the holidays, when fewer people typically give. Since as many as three lives can be saved by each blood donor, the Bedlam Blood Battle will make a life-saving difference for some 5,796 people.
Blood donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in 144 medical facilities statewide. This includes all metro-Oklahoma City area hospitals. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America.