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
10,000 donors registered
125 matches found
17 life-saving transplants
68,691 meals to patients 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.
Our 2016 events schedule is changing -- stay tuned for updates!
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!
WJZ’s Gigi Barnett talked with Hero founder Erik Sauer and Jim Mitich of Ruth’s Chris.
Ruth’s Chris Sizzling Celebrity Golf Classic to support There Goes My Hero TOWSON, MD (August 12, 2015) — Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Big Steaks Management are partnering with Baltimore-based nonprofit There Goes My Hero for the 18th Annual Sizzling Celebrity Golf Classic. The event is on September 21st, 2015 at Woodholme Country…
If you’re reading our blog, you’re probably well-aware that There Goes My Hero’s main mission is to inform people about the bone marrow registry and to get as many people to join as we can. As awesome as we think it is for people to get swabbed (and we do,) we’d like to shed a…
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Lately, it seems there have been a lot of films exploring what life might be like for a teenager living with cancer. As young moviegoers still find themselves tearing up over The Fault in Our Stars, the Sundance Festival hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl tells another heart wrenching-yet-heartwarming story of love, friendship, the importance of being there for others, and…
Looking for something that will lift your spirits this summer? On June 26th, Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World will premiere in theaters. The documentary tells the true story of Miles Scott, a childhood cancer survivor from Tulelake, California who became a superhero for a day as thousands of volunteers helped transform San Francisco into Gotham City. At eighteen months old, Miles…
Next week, Loyola Blakefield will host their 7th annual Join for Joe bone marrow donor registry drive. The drive was started for Loyola student Joe Gorman, who passed away from leukemia in 2011 at the age of 15 after battling for three years. There Goes My Hero is so proud to partner with the…