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
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
[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…
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…
In seven years, There Goes My Hero has added 10,000 people to the national bone marrow donor registry. That means that there are 10,000 more potential life savers thanks to our efforts. These swabs have resulted in 125 matches, with 17 life-saving transplants. We are so thankful for your support and the support of…
The There Goes My Hero Club of Connelly School of the Holy Child will be swabbing to people to the bone marrow donor registry at the Gridiron Classic on Saturday! Watch the match between Gonzaga and Georgetown Prep and see if you are a match for a patient in need!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.