Foundation Surpasses 1,000 Bone Marrow Registrations Milestone
Baltimore, MD—May 20, 2013—“5 Years is an important benchmark for this event, and particularly important for me and our foundation,” said There Goes My Hero founder, Eric Sauer, when asked about the significance of being a 5-year bone marrow transplant survivor. “First, there is only a 3/10 chance that any leukemia patient will be able to find a donor. Then, after the transplant, nothing is guaranteed but your odds are surely better. Someone gave me the hope of a new day 5 years ago, and I am here, five Polo Matches later, more committed than ever to our cause,” he added.
The 5th Annual Polo Match and Family Outingwill take place held rain or shine at the Fields of the Maryland Polo Club in Fallston, MD from 1:00-6:00 p.m. on June 2, 2013. Tickets are $100 per person and include a delicious lunch, mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres, dessert, a full bar featuring “HeroTinis,” children’s entertainment, a silent auction, an official Polo Match, live music performed by The Qi Lo, and an afternoon of fun and HOPE. Children 12 and under are free and all proceeds benefit There Goes my Hero. Attendees will be able to register as bone marrow donors. Those who can’t attend are encouraged to donate whatever they can at http://theregoesmyhero.org/donate/.
There Goes My Hero was founded in 2008 by Erik Sauer, a leukemia survivor who successfully received a bone marrow transplant. The foundation’s mission is to provide hope and nourishment to Leukemia patients and their families. This year alone, the foundation has held a record-breaking number of Bone Marrow drives, including several at local universities and colleges. The foundation’s honorary chairwoman, University of Maryland Women’s Basketball Coach, Brenda Frese, is helping the foundation spread its message to this young demographic. In early February, she and There Goes My Hero teamed up to host the Team Tyler Bone Marrow Drive at the Comcast Center. “I have been touched by Leukemia like many others and I am glad I can help in anyway,” she stated. Coach Frese concluded by saying “Get swabbed, it’s a layup!” Frese will be attending the fundraiser in June.
Registering to become a bone marrow donor is as simple as a cheek swab and it is life saving for many leukemia patients. You must be between 18 and 55 and in good general health to be a donor. Jorge Castillo, Vice President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and, of Latino descent, underscored the importance to reach out to all minorities. “It is especially important to increase the number of young adults and ethnically diverse donors, said Castillo. “People from an ethnic minority background are especially needed to join the registry including Hispanic or Latino, African-American, Asian, American Indian, and mixed ethnicities.”
When asked why should someone register to be a bone marrow donor Castillo smiled and said: “Why not…it saves lives.” The foundation invites you to join the fight against leukemia and to bring hope to those in need by participating in this and other events.
WHO: There Goes My Hero Foundation
VIPs: -Coach Brenda Frese, University of Maryland Women’s Basketball
foundation is raising during 2013
-The Qi Lo to provide live-entertainment
WHEN: 1:00-6:00 p.m. on June 2, 2013
WHERE: Fields of the Maryland Polo Club in Fallston, MD
CONTACT: Terry Weigel. email@example.com
For more information and to purchase tickets please call 1-800-601-4370 or visit http://theregoesmyhero.org/events/polo-match-family-outing/
About There Goes My Hero: There Goes My Hero Foundation is a Maryland-based 501-C3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to restore hope to Leukemia patients and their families by increasing bone marrow registrants, providing nutritious meals, and supporting blood cancer research. This year, every dollar donated is being matched by the Seraph Foundation. Find us on Twitter, Facebook or www.theregoesmyhero.org