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Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is bringing Bedlam to Altus with a game plan to save lives. Anyone, 16 years or older*, is urged to donate Tuesday, Sept. 2, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Community Center.

Each blood donor will receive the choice of a free University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University blood donor T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2014 Bedlam football game.**

“Someone needs blood every two seconds,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of OBI. “That is why we are asking everyone to rally their community spirit along with their school spirit this football season.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute exclusively provides every drop of blood needed by patients in Jackson County Memorial Hospital. Some 150 other medical facilities across the state rely solely on OBI donors to provide life-saving blood for their patients.

Because there is no substitute for blood, the supply must constantly be renewed.

All blood types are needed, but those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), only nine in one hundred people in the U.S. have this blood type. However, O-negative blood can be used for any patient. It is especially needed in emergency situations when a patient’s blood type has not yet been determined.

Blood can be given every 56 days. To find out more or make an appointment to donate, call 877-340-8777 or visit www.obi.org.

*16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

**Blood donation is voluntary, and no contribution, donation, purchase or payment is necessary to enter prize drawing.

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