About Us

Our mission is to restore hope to blood cancer patients and their families by increasing registered bone marrow donors, providing nutritious meals to patients undergoing treatment, and supporting blood cancer research

Erik and his donor, Isabel.
Erik and his donor, Isabel.

Our Story

There Goes My Hero was founded by leukemia survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient Erik Sauer. 

On May 20, 2008 Erik was diagnosed Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). One week later, Erik’s wife Lisa gave birth to their son Joey. Several days later, Erik entered Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he spent four rocky months, receiving chemotherapy and, ultimately, a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor.

Erik's own fight lead him to want to help others. Today, Hero partners with Delete Blood Cancer to add potential life-savers to the National Bone Marrow Registry; provides meals to patients undergoing treatment and their family members with Moveable Feast; and supports blood cancer research and patient support programs at Maryland hospitals.

[ Right: Erik and his donor, Isabel ]

Staff & Board of Directors


Rasha Travis

Program Coordinator

Rasha organizes bone marrow registration drives and oversees volunteers for There Goes My Hero. In 2012, she was a bone morrow donor for her older sister in a haploid transplant, resulting in her sister's full remission from leukemia. Rasha has a passion for helping others and diversifying the bone marrow registry. She has a B.S. in Mass Communications from Towson University, with concentrations in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. 


Ross Hyatt

Events Coordinator

Ross moved from being an intern at There Goes My Hero to organizing events and helping with administrative work. He is a recent graduate of the Organizational and Community Leadership Program at the University of Delaware. He has a true passion for helping others and aims to use his passion to further develop Hero’s mission.


Erik Sauer

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Principal, On3Strategies


Steve Nuetzel

Board President

CFP, Wells Fargo Advisors

Jorge Castillo in the Emerging Technology Center.

Jorge Eduardo Castillo

Board Vice President 

Founder and CEO, Onward! Estrategias

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Michele Bresnick Walsh

Board Secretary

Attorney, Gordon Feinblatt LLC


Todd Studeny

Board Treasurer

Director of Finance, Healthcare for the Homeless


Megan DeGroat

Board Member

Senior Manager, SC&H Group


Jonathan Fishbeck

Board Member

Founder and CEO, BuilderFish


J. Todd Jennings

Board Member

Founder and CEO, Panthera Technologies

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Michael Kelly

Board Member

Vice President, Kelly Benefit Strategies


Sean Mello

Board Member

Senior Manager, ClearView Group


Denis O'Donovan

Board Member, Chair of Programs Committee

Principal, ProfitComm Telecommunications


Gina Ramsey

Board Member, Chair of Marketing Committee

Director of New Product Development, Adventure Web Productions


Rachel Robinson

Board Member

Co-Owner, Intrinsic Events


Christopher P. Smith

Board Member

Attorney, Saul Ewing LLP


Russell Weber

Board Member

Senior Vice President of Investments, UBS Wealth Management

Our Partners

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

"We change lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship."

Delete Blood Cancer

"We lead the fight against blood cancer by working with families & communities to recruit bone marrow donors & provide patients with second chances at life."

Moveable Feast

"We provides meals, weekly groceries, and nutritional counseling to those facing life-threatening illness."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

"LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients."

Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

"One of only 45 cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center."

Upper Chesapeake Cancer LifeNet

"Our Cancer LifeNet program helps you find the services you need to balance work, family and cancer treatment."

Our Major Sponors