More than 300 pints collected at Be A Hero at the Big House

Red Cross nurse Catherine Ashlin, R.N., assists Clare Gargaro, a physician assistant in the Department of Surgery, as she donates blood Sunday during the third-annual Be a Hero at the Big House event at Michigan Stadium

Donors provided 318 pints of blood during the third-annual Be a Hero at the Big House, U-M’s largest donor drive, Sunday at Michigan Stadium.

The tally far surpassed last year’s total collection of 230 pints. About 800 participants, donors and volunteers attended the event, which ran from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Jack Roth Stadium Club, where attendees got a VIP view of the famous stadium.

Participants also could sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and on the Be Match Foundation registry for bone marrow donation.

Michigan Athletics is among the partners in Wolverines for Life, a collaboration between the University of Michigan Health System and other University of Michigan groups, schools and departments, along with the American Red Cross, Be the Match/National Marrow Donor Program, Gift of Life Michigan and the Michigan Eye-Bank.

The event is part of the annual fall challenges between U-M and Ohio State – the Wolverine vs. Buckeye Challenge for Life, the Blood Battle and new this year the Marrow Match-up. Each school tries to beat the other in collecting blood donations or organ donor or bone marrow sign-ups before their teams meet on the gridiron Nov. 30, this year at U-M. U-M won the organ donation challenge in 2012, but lost in a close race in the Blood Battle.

The challenges are not over. Blood Battle drives are scheduled through Nov. 27. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/UMvsOSU2013.

You can also sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and help beat Ohio State. Just click on the Challenge for Life button at www.wolverinesforlife.org.

The challenge ends at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 28, in advance of the Nov. 30 football game between Ohio State and U-M. Winners of the U-M/OSU contests are announced at the game, which is in Ann Arbor this year.”

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