Restoring Hope to Leukemia Patients and their Families

Every five minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every ten minutes, blood cancer takes a life. You can help us make a difference.

By the Numbers

11,269 donors registered

165 matches found

21 life-saving transplants

80,796 meals to patients in need

My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor – Part 2

By Rasha Travis, intern | May 6, 2016

     My sister had been fighting leukemia for five years, and the time had finally come for me to attempt to help cure her cancer. The night before and morning of the transplant I had to fast; I think my last meal was orange chicken and chow mein from Panda Express. My mother brought…

Join for Joe at Independent Schools in Maryland

By Kristina Gaddy | May 5, 2016

There Goes My Hero is the proud sponsor of Join for Joe and is thrilled to be working with high school students to save lives. Students across Maryland participated in Senior Swab Days to honor Joe Gorman, a Loyola Blakefield student who valiantly battled leukemia before passing on March 9, 2011.   Join for Joe began as…

My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor – Part 1

By Rasha Travis, intern | Apr 21, 2016

    In 2007 my older sister Jonell was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia during her senior year of college. CML is a type of blood cancer that can settle in other parts of the body including the spleen. It’s a slow growing cancer that can mutate into a fast growing acute leukemia that can…

The Bone Marrow Registry and Why Diversity Matters

By Rasha Travis, intern | Feb 25, 2016

With every passing 120 seconds a person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Many people look to the National Bone Marrow Registry when in need of a transplant, but many people are looking at this list and seeing a huge problem.   Minorities are greatly underrepresented on the bone marrow registry. 67%…

Letter from the Chairman, Winter 2016

By Kristina Gaddy | Feb 4, 2016

Letter from the Founder and Chairman of the Board, Erik Sauer Dear supporters, It’s been seven years since I started thinking about creating a foundation that would do for other leukemia patients what my family and friends did for me. A year after my transplant, I considered myself so lucky that saying “Thank you” seemed…

Art Valenzano Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive

By Kristina Gaddy | Feb 4, 2016

Register as a bone marrow donor in memory of Monsignor Art Valenzano.  Sunday, March 13, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm Knights of Columbus Hall, 1338 Hull St. Baltimore, MD 21230      Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano was the rector of Baltimore’s Basilica of the Assumption when he passed away from leukemia in September 2015. He had battled the disease since…

Fundraiser for Fray

By Kristina Gaddy | Jan 21, 2016

There Goes My Hero has been invited to run a bone marrow registry drive in honor of jockey Fray Martinez, who is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia. LAUREL PARK RACE TRACK, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13th Post Time 12:25pm A little bit about Fray: 21-year-old jockey Fray Martinez was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in December. He…

Enchantment Under the Sea

By Kristina Gaddy | Jan 7, 2016

Presented By: CityFam, proceeds to benefit There Goes My Hero CityFam Presents.. The Enchantment Under the Sea Valentine’s Dance! Event Age: 25+ Singles Meet & Greet: 9 pm | General Admission: 10 pm | Event Ends: 1 am  Power up the flux capacitor and hop into the DeLorean this Valentine’s Day. Baltimore Soundstage is being transformed…

A Special Event with Joe Flacco

By Kristina Gaddy | Nov 18, 2015

 [This is a copy of the original post from WNST.net, which can be found HERE.] We at WNST.net, in partnership withRuth’s Chris Steak House and There Goes My Hero, are proud to announce a special event next Tuesday evening, November 24th, with Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco atRuth’s Chris Steak House in Pikesville. Joe is…

Need Support or Fun?

By Kristina Gaddy | Oct 13, 2015

By Kevin Dwyer When I think of awesome cancer charities that offer support or fun to patients, I think of charities like Make a Wish, Believe in Tomorrow, and opportunities geared towards children. But if you are over 18, you may feel like you missed out on all the great cancer charities. That is simply not the…

Our Programs

Bone Marrow Transplants

For many blood cancer patients, a bone marrow/ blood stem cell transplant is the best chance for survival. A transplant reboots a patient's system with healthy donor cells.

The Stats

While 30% of patients can find a matching donor in their families, 70%—approximately 14,000 each year—must rely on a benevolent stranger to step up and donate. But, only 5% of Americans are on the registry, and 6 out of 10 patients will not find a donor.

The Solution

Untitled drawingOur mission is to save lives by registering people in the bone marrow registry so they can donate their bone marrow and save a life. To date, Hero has swabbed over 9,000 potential life-savers. 

Meal Program

In 2011, There Goes My Hero, Moveable Feast, and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins partnered on a pilot program to support leukemia patients and their families as they undergo the lengthy treatments with nourishing meals. Today, social workers in hospitals across Maryland identify patients and family members who are in need of support during their treatments, while Moveable Feast, through the financial support of There Goes My Hero, has provided nutritional services to those patients.

The Stats

Since our program began, we have served over 68,000 meals to patients and family members. Hero is only able to provide about 25% of the meals needed each month. 

The Solution

Feed a Hero Be a Hero Button (1)A donation of $35 can feed one patients with three meals a day for a week!  Give a little more and $140 can feed a patient for an entire month!


Cancer and it's treatment causes stress on the body, and the mind. People who are able to effectively manage stress have shown lower levels of depression, anxiety, and symptoms related to cancer and it's treatment. 

The Stats

Each year, more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer, such as leukemia or lymphoma. Live-saving research is occuring at local hospitals, and patients have new and expanding opporunities for support systems like CancerLife net and patient navigators. 

The Solution

Make a Donation ButtonHelp us fund blood cancer research and patient support programs, including the Cancer LifeNet at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, to make sure no patient faces a diagnosis alone.  

You Can Make a Difference

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