Be a Hero at the Big House

Sunday, November 21, 2021 • 8 am - 5 pm • Free parking

U-M's largest life-saving donation drive

Be a Hero will be returning to the Big House on Sunday, November 21! Join us for our largest event at the Michigan Stadium. Blood donors are encouraged to donate blood at the biggest blood drive on the University of Michigan campus. Blood donations will count towards the Blood Battle competition against OSU. Click here to avoid the wait and make an appointment ahead of time. Attendees also have the opportunity to join the organ donor registry or be screened as a bone marrow donor. There will be entertainment, activities, giveaways, special guests, and snacks throughout the day. More information coming soon. 

Can't make it to Be a Hero? Schedule a blood drive appointment between 10/27/2021 and 11/24/2021 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 40. 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 40 age group over 90% of the time.

If you are between the ages of 41 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.

Scheduled Entertainment

9:20 am - 9:35 am*  Interview with Dr. Daniel Kaul discussing the COVID-19 vaccine in immunocompromised populations

10:00 am - 11:00 pm  Meet PAWs from the Detroit Tigers

10:00 am - 12:00 pm   Meet the Wolverine Trooper

10:05 am - 10:20*  Interview with Dr. Dale Bixby discussing the importance of blood donation for leukemia patients

10:25 am - 10:45 am*  Interview with Nick discussing kidney donation, living donation, and his work with Team Michigan

10:50 am - 11:00 pm  Mascot Dance-off with PAWs, Buddy the Blood Drop, Cornelius the Eye, Mitty the Mitten, Motty the Mott Block, and the Wolverines Trooper

11:30 am - 11: 45 am*  Interview with Mary Lynn Foster discussing the need for blood donations

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Meet our Athletic Guest, Jon Jansen

12:25 pm - 12:45 pm*  Interview with Jan and Lorene discussing their experience as cornea recipients and a donor family

1:00 pm  Watch the Detroit Lions vs. the Cleveland Browns on the suite TVs

1:15 pm - 1:35 pm*  Interview with Emily discussing her experience as a liver donor

2:05 pm - 2:20 pm*  Interview with Dr. Silas Norman discussing the need for minority organ donors

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm*  Interview with Bob discussing his experience as a bone recipient 

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm*  Interview with Crystal discussing her experience as a kidney recipient and co-author of The Missing Piece: A Collection of Transplant Stories

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm*  Interview with Kimberli discussing her son's need for a bone marrow donor

*Interview times are approximate and may shift based on urgent needs. Each interview will take place on the 4th floor and will be repeated on the 3rd floor. If you aren't available during these times, don't miss our live coverage on Facebook. 

All Day

  • Donate Blood
  • Join the organ donor registry
  • Join the bone marrow registry
  • Meet the Michigan pageant winners
  • Play games and participate in fun, family-friendly activities
  • Post something to the social media feed
  • Grab some cider & doughnuts
  • Score a free t-shirt
  • Enter to win one of our exciting door prizes