Be a Hero at the Big House

Sunday, November 1, 2020 • 8 am - 5 pm • Free parking

U-M's largest life-saving donation drive

Join us for our largest event of the year. In consideration of the pandemic, we'll be converting this event to a hybrid virtual/in-person experience. Keep an eye on our website for more information about the day's online entertainment.

Due to last-minute changes to the football schedule, we’ve moved the blood drive to two locations in Ann Arbor: the Kensington Hotel near Briarwood Mall and the Graduate Ann Arbor downtown. 

Blood donors are encouraged to donate blood at the biggest blood drive in Southeast Michigan. Blood donations will count towards the Blood Battle competition against OSU. Attendees also have the opportunity to join the organ donor registry or be screened as a bone marrow donor. There will be virtual entertainment, activities, giveaways, special guests, and more throughout the day. More information coming soon. 

Make an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org using sponsor code "goblue".  Follow this link for information about the Red Cross’ safety protocols during the pandemic.

Can't make it to Be a Hero? Schedule a blood drive appointment between 10/28/2020 and 11/25/2020 to help us beat OSU in the annual Blood Battle competition! Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter promo code "goblue."

*At bone marrow donor registry drives, we focus on recruiting new registry members ages 18 to 44. This is based on medical research that shows younger donors are best for patients and provide the greatest chance for transplant success. Because of this, doctors request donors in the 18 to 44 age group over 90% of the time.

If you are between the ages of 45 and 60 and want to join the bone marrow registry, you must do so online. You will be asked to make a $100 payment to cover the cost to join.

Be a Donor

Donate blood at The Kensington Hotel from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Graduate Ann Arbor from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tune in throughout the day (or visit our website) for links to join the organ or bone marrow registries. 

Make an appointment to donate blood at redcrossblood.org using sponsor code "goblue". For information about the Red Cross’ safety protocols during the pandemic, follow this link.

Can't make it to Be a Hero? Schedule a blood drive appointment between 10/28/2020 and 11/25/2020 to help us beat OSU in the annual Blood Battle competition! Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter promo code "goblue."

Virtual Entertainment

9:30-10:00 The Living Donor Experience: A Discussion with Kidney, Liver, and Bone Marrow Donors

10:30-11:00 A Caregiver’s Perspective: A Discussion with Organ and Bone Marrow Recipients and their Caregivers

11:00-11:05 Update from Blood Drives United

11:30-12:00 Care During COVID: How the pandemic has impacted the transplant and donation communities

12:30-12:45 Athletic Guest Interview

12:45-12:50 Update from Blood Drives United

1:30-2:00 The Importance of Minority Donation

2:30-2:35 The Michigan G-Men Virtual Performance

2:35-2:40 Mascot Dance-off Compilation: Some of our favorite moments at the Big House

2:40-2:45 Update from Blood Drives United

3:30-4:00 Organ & Tissue Donation Panel Discussion: An interview with organ, tissue, and eye recipients and donor families

4:30-4:45 Trivia led by Team Michigan

4:45-4:50 Update from Blood Drives United

Virtual Activities All Day

  • COLOR WITH US! Complete an activity page from our Facebook post. Post the results on our Facebook page or use #beahero on Instagram and Twitter.
  • SEND A MESSAGE! Create a greeting card for a donor or recipient wishing them well or thanking them for giving the gift of life. Post the results on our Facebook page or use #beahero on Instagram and Twitter. Mail cards to 300 N. Ingalls St. Room 5D17 Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
  • SCAVENGER HUNT! Participate in our campus scavenger hunt. Clues will be posted on our Facebook page throughout the day. Take a photo in front of the described location and post it on our Facebook page or use #beahero on Instagram and Twitter.
  • SPREAD THE WORD! Download our official Be a Hero at the Big House Zoom virtual background for your next class or meeting.