Be a Hero at the Big House

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. 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.


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 using sponsor code "goblue". For information about the Red Cross’ safety protocols during the pandemic, click here.

 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 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

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Or iPhone one-tap :
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Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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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.


Interested in volunteering at Be a Hero? Click here to sign up!

Interested in sharing your donation/transplant story at the event? Contact Megan Podschlne at with a brief synopsis. 

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Event Details

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