Be A Hero at the Big House, U-M's biggest donor drive ever, set for Nov. 16

Get a club-level, VIP view of Michigan Stadium and sign up to give life-saving donations of blood, organs, tissue and bone marrow

Be a Wolverine for Life, by donating blood, organs, bone marrow and tissue

Be a Wolverine for Life, by donating blood, organs, bone marrow and tissue

Ann Arbor, Mich. — The biggest donor drive ever on the University of Michigan campus is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Big House, Michigan Stadium.

What: Be A Hero at the Big House

When: Nov. 16, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Michigan Stadium, Jack Roth Stadium Club.

What: An opportunity to save lives and get a VIP view from Michigan Stadium’s club-level seating area. Participants can sign the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, get screened for the Be The Match bone marrow registry and donate blood.

Why:
• About 111,000 people fill the Big House on football Saturdays. And that’s about the same number of people nationwide waiting for a life-saving organ.
• Every year, 10,000 patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and 70 other life-threatening blood diseases need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant but have no donor match in their family.
• Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs donated blood.
• It helps U-M beat the Buckeyes for a good cause. Those attending can help U-M win the annual fall challenges between U-M and Ohio State – the Wolverine-Buckeye Challenge and the Blood Battle. Each school tries to beat the other in collecting blood donations or organ donor sign-ups before their teams meet on the gridiron Nov. 26, this year at the Big House in Ann Arbor. Last year, U-M won both challenges.

How to participate:
• The event is free and open to the public.
• Park for free inside the gates on the concourse.
• Signing up for the organ donor registry or participating in the Be the Match screening for bone marrow does not require an appointment. Blood donations appointments can be made by clicking through at www.wolverinesforlife.org

Reap rewards: Those who donate at the Big House event will be entered into raffle drawings for various prizes, including tickets to U-M athletic events, autographed souvenirs and more.

Who is involved: Michigan Athletics in partnership with Wolverines for Life is sponsoring this historic event. Wolverines for Life is a collaboration between the U-M Health System and other University of Michigan groups, schools and departments, along with the American Red Cross, Be the Match/National Marrow Donor Program, Gift of Life Michigan and the Michigan Eye-Bank.

Need more reasons to come?: Every day, 19 people die while waiting for an organ transplant and another 138 people are added to the national waiting list. A single organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and help up to 50 people.

“Organ donation saves lives. Anybody can sign up to be an organ donor. There are a variety of tissues and organs that can be used to help someone suffering with disease or organ failure,” says Jeffrey Punch, M.D., Director of Transplantation at U-M. Punch adds that at U-M, physicians perform transplants of hearts, lungs, pancreas, livers, kidneys, and corneas and can even use the skin donated.

I can’t make it but I want to help:
• Organ donor registry: You can sign up online to be an organ donor and credit U-M, go to www.wolverinesforlife.org, click on the button to become a donor and sign up for U-M. It takes only a few minutes online, and you will receive in the mail a red heart to affix to the front of your driver’s license signifying you as an organ donor. The challenge ends at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 24, in advance of the Nov. 26 football game between Ohio State and U-M.
• Blood battle: The event is sponsored by the American Red Cross Blood Services Region of Southeastern Michigan, as well as Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity with support from the Washtenaw County American Red Cross Club at U-M, and other student organizations on campus. More than 30 drives around the U-M campus have been scheduled. Go to www.redcrossblood.org or www.wolverinesforlife.org to register at other drives. Use the promotion code “goblue.”
• Bone marrow donors can register at the Be The Match Registry www.BeTheMatch.org. They depend on Be The Match to help them find an unrelated donor and receive the transplant they need. For many, a marrow transplant is their best or only hope for a cure.
Funding for Wolverines for Life efforts is provided in part by the Gift of Life Foundation.
 

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