The There Goes My Hero foundation was created by Erik Sauer.  Erik is an Acute Myelogenous Leukemia survivor and the recipient of a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor.  His cancer treatment was done at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  In addition, Erik and his family of four utilized a host of family support programs offered free at Upper Chesapeake Health: Cancer LifeNet in Bel Air, MD.

      

    The foundation was named from the Foo Fighters song called My Hero.  Erik would listen to this song as he ran on the treadmill while trying to keep up his strength and stamina.  Erik believes keeping some degree of fitness helped him tolerate the chemo therapy.     


    When Erik began to regain his strength post transplant, he began to visit with other transplant patients similar in circumstance to himself.  Here he made many new friends and felt he had become a good resource for them personally and as a guide through the tough transplant process.   In addition, Erik began to speak with Dr. Jonathan Gerber less about his health issues and more about the blood cancer research he was doing at Johns Hopkins.  Erik was fascinated.  These experiences, coupled with Erik and his family’s use of the family support services of Cancer LifeNet, prompted him to think about starting his own foundation.


    Erik decided he want to help fight cancers and blood cancers.  Believing that research targeting cancers at the stem cell level was the way to go.  Having experienced the “cancer fight” with his wife and son, family support programs were very important as well. Erik’s life was saved because of an anonymous marrow donor.  Getting more people registered will help people in situations similar to Erik’s.  There are not enough people registered in the United States.


    Erik designed the There Goes My Hero foundation to fund blood cancer research, family support programs and to help teach people about the importance of the bone marrow registry. 


There Goes My Hero is officially recognized as a tax exempt non-profit entity under section 501(C)(3) of the IRS Code



There Goes My Hero Foundation



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