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
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
Sara Scott Goone
Sara was the Director of Sales at CBS/WJZ-TV Baltimore for 11 years where she managed a team of 25 managers and AE's. Prior to that, Sara was a sales manager at WUSA-9/CBS in Washington. She held a series of sales and sales management positions in New York and Philadelphia prior to DC and Baltimore. Sara, unfortunately, lost her husband Geoff of 22 years from complications of an alleogeneic bone marrow transplant in December of 2014. He was treated at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. His donor came from DKMS as he did not have a matched relative. Sara looks forward to bringing a bright future to There Goes My Hero as the new executive director.
Event and Drive 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. Ross has recently taken over the responsibilities of all bone marrow drives. He works closely with our partners including DKMS and the Ulman Cancer Foundation. He has a true passion for helping others and aims to use his passion to further develop Hero’s mission.
Founder & Chairman of the Board
CFP, Wells Fargo Advisors
Jorge Eduardo Castillo
Board Vice President
Founder and CEO, Onward! Estrategias
Michele Bresnick Walsh
Attorney, Gordon Feinblatt LLC
VP of Sales at LINQ Services
Senior Manager, SC&H Group
Founder and CEO, BuilderFish
J. Todd Jennings
Founder and CEO, Panthera Technologies
Vice President, Kelly Benefit Strategies
Senior Manager, ClearView Group
Board Member, Chair of Programs Committee
Principal, ProfitComm Telecommunications
Board Member, Chair of Marketing Committee
Director of New Product Development, Adventure Web Productions
Board Member, Chairman of Events Committee
Co-Owner, Intrinsic Events
Christopher P. Smith
Attorney, Saul Ewing LLP
Director, Chesapeake Corporate Advisors