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

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Sara Scott Goone

Executive Director

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.

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Ross Hyatt

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.

Erik Sauer

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Principal, On3Strategies

Steve Nuetzel

Immediate Past President

CFP, Wells Fargo Advisors

Michele Bresnick Walsh

Board President

Attorney, Gordon Feinblatt LLC

Denis O'Donovan

Board Vice President

Principal, ProfitComm Telecommunications

Megan DeGroat

Board Treasurer

Senior Manager, SC&H Group

Christopher P. Smith

Board Secretary

Founder- Corporate Check Up

George Hall

Board Member

VP of Sales at LINQ Services

Gina Ramsey

Board Member, Chair of Marketing Committee

Director of New Product Development, Adventure Web Productions

Jessica Gignac

Board Member, Chairwoman of Events Committee

Co-Owner, Intrinsic Events

Shirley Mowery

Board Member, Chairwoman of Board Development

Business Development Director at Hertzbach & Company, P.A.

Jorge Eduardo Castillo

Board Member 

Founder and CEO, Onward! Estrategias

Jonathan Fishbeck

Board Member

Founder and CEO, BuilderFish

Michael Kelly

Board Member

Vice President, Kelly Benefit Strategies

Cliff Millstead

Board Member

Project Executive at Plano-Coudon Construction Company

Sean Mello

Board Member

Senior Manager, ClearView Group

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