Be a Hero at the Big House

Be a Hero will be returning to the Big House on Sunday, November 21st! 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. 


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 am  Meet PAWs from the Detroit Tigers

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

10:05 am - 10:20 am*  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

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 liver 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


Interested in volunteering? We need a bunch of volunteers to help pull this event off! We're asking for help both the day of the event and the day before to help load-in. Click the sign-up links below to see how you can help!

 In alignment with Michigan Medicine's policy, all Michigan Medicine volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to volunteer. To be considered fully vaccinated, you must be at least two weeks post completion of two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For information on vaccines and where to access them, click here

  • If you are a University of Michigan student, faculty, or staff member and have already verified your vaccine with the institution, please email a screenshot of your ResponsiBLUE screen showing that your vaccine has been “Completed” to Megan Podschlne at if you have not already done so.
  • For all other volunteers, please submit your vaccine information if you have not already done so, including a picture of your vaccine card, by clicking here. If you have been partially vaccinated (i.e., received only 1 dose in a 2 dose series), please wait to submit this form until you have received all vaccine doses. 
  • If you are not able to submit your information through the survey, please let us know.

Once you submit the form, vaccine information will be reviewed within the next 7 business days. If your vaccine series is not authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO), you will not be considered fully vaccinated under U-M policy. To be considered fully vaccinated you must have received all doses of the vaccine at least 2 weeks ago.

Be a Hero volunteer sign-up (11/21/2021)
Be a Hero Load-in volunteer sign-up (11/20/2021)


Would you like to share your donation or transplant story? Email Megan Podschlne at


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 and enter sponsor code "goblue" for a list of participating drives. 


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