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

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.  

Our 2016 events schedule is changing -- stay tuned for updates!

We’ve Reached 10,000 Swabs!


  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…

Get Swabbed at the Gridiron Classic


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!  

Erik Sauer on WJZ


WJZ’s Gigi Barnett talked with Hero founder Erik Sauer and Jim Mitich of Ruth’s Chris.  

Ruth’s Chris Golf Classic


    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…

Two More (Easy) Ways to be a Hero


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…

Summer 2015 Newsletter


Click here for PDF of Summer 2015 Newsletter    

"Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl-" A Lesson on Love and Friendship


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…

Students Promote Bone Marrow Registry


‘Batkid’ movie coming out this June


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…

Join for Joe!


  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…

You Can Make a Difference

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