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
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 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.
Founder & Chairman of the Board
CFP, Wells Fargo Advisors
Jorge Eduardo Castillo
Board Vice President
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Michele Bresnick Walsh
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J. Todd Jennings
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Board Member, Chair of Programs Committee
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Board Member, Chair of Marketing Committee
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Christopher P. Smith
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