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Posted on Sun, Nov 13, 2011 : 2:14 p.m.

Donor drive set for Wednesday at the Big House

By Julie Baker

Michigan Stadium will host the biggest donor drive on University of Michigan's campus during its “Be a Hero at the Big House” event planned from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees can help 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, the release said.

The event also helps U-M toward its goal of beating Ohio State in the annual "Blood Battle." The schools are in the midst of their 30th annual competition to see which campus can collect more blood donations in the weeks leading up to their big Nov. 26 match-off on the football field.

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, according to the news release.


David J Undis

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 6:24 p.m.

Your story about the Donor Drive and Organ Donation highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations. There are now over 112,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year. There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. Everyone who is willing to receive should be willing to give. Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 14,800 members as of this writing, including 422 members in Michigan. Please contact me - Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers - if your readers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you're interested. My email address is My phone number is 615-351-8622.


Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 2:30 p.m.

A worthy cause, but can it please be done without rock music blaring through the neighborhood? Thanks!