Restoring Hope to Blood Cancer Patients and Their Families

Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every ten minutes, blood cancer takes a life. You can help us make a difference.

By the Numbers

15,520 donors registered

218 matches found

22 life-saving transplants

150,000 meals to patients in need

Upcoming Events

Four Foods to Help You Stay Strong During Chemotherapy

By Kristina Gaddy | April 19, 2018

Part of There Goes My Hero’s mission is to provide nourishment to blood cancer patients and their families. During treatment, nutrition can play a vital part in staying strong and as healthy as possible during chemotherapy and radiation. Here are 4 foods (and drinks) that might help you deal with the side-effects of the the…

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Meet a Hero

By Kristina Gaddy | April 6, 2018

  Two years ago, one of Hero’s volunteers received a phone call that he was the match for a blood cancer patient who needed a stem cell transplant. Mike was the perfect match, and even though he knew almost nothing about the patient, he knew he wanted to save a life. In April 2016, Mike…

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Letter from the Chairman and Founder

By Kristina Gaddy | April 4, 2018

Dear supporters, On May 20, 2008, I was diagnosed with acute leukemia. A week later, my son was born. This May, Joey is celebrating his 10th birthday, and I am celebrating ten years of surviving cancer. A year after my transplant, I planned the first Polo Match and Family Outing to say “Thank You” to…

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There Goes My Hero Announces Heropalooza

By Rasha Travis | August 13, 2017

There Goes My Hero will be hosting the reviving the 5k Run/Walk and Family Crab Feast event, Heropalooza on October 29th, 2017 from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. at UMBC on Erickson Field. Join hundreds of people in Catonsville, MD on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 at Heropalooza: A 5K run/walk & family crab feast. Registration for the…

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The Atlanta Offices of CoStar Group Partner with There Goes My Hero

By Rasha Travis | January 19, 2017

The Atlanta offices of #1 commercial real estate data and analytics firm, CoStar Group (NASDAQ: CSGP), are partnering with the There Goes My Hero Foundation (TGMH)  in an effort to increase the amount of people registered to potentially become life saving bone marrow donors. In the U.S., every three minutes a person is diagnosed with blood…

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A Message From Lori…

By Rasha Travis | November 2, 2016

For those of you that don’t know, Lori Nam is a part of the Hero family and creator of Swab and Save Someone (SASS), an amazing initiative in partnership with There Goes My Hero in search of compatible bone marrow donors for Lori and thousands of other patients awaiting transplants. In September of 2009, Lori…

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

By Rasha Travis | September 14, 2016

  The Office of Governor Larry Hogan has issued a press release that on September 1st, Governor Larry Hogan  issued a statewide proclamation announcing September as National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland. To raise awareness and support for all those affected by the various types of blood cancer, the governor will  host an American…

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My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor – Part 2

By Rasha Travis | May 6, 2016

     My sister had been fighting leukemia for five years, and the time had finally come for me to attempt to help cure her cancer. The night before and morning of the transplant I had to fast; I think my last meal was orange chicken and chow mein from Panda Express. My mother brought…

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Join for Joe at Independent Schools in Maryland

By Kristina Gaddy | May 5, 2016

There Goes My Hero is the proud sponsor of Join for Joe and is thrilled to be working with high school students to save lives. Students across Maryland participated in Senior Swab Days to honor Joe Gorman, a Loyola Blakefield student who valiantly battled leukemia before passing on March 9, 2011.   Join for Joe began as…

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My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor – Part 1

By Rasha Travis | April 21, 2016

    In 2007 my older sister Jonell was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia during her senior year of college. CML is a type of blood cancer that can settle in other parts of the body including the spleen. It’s a slow growing cancer that can mutate into a fast growing acute leukemia that can…

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Our Programs

Bone Marrow Transplants

For many blood cancer patients, a bone marrow/ blood stem cell transplant is the best chance for survival. A transplant reboots a patient's system with healthy donor cells.

The Stats

While 30% of patients can find a matching donor in their families, 70%—approximately 14,000 each year—must rely on a benevolent stranger to step up and donate. But, only 5% of Americans are on the registry, and 6 out of 10 patients will not find a donor.

The Solution

Untitled drawingOur mission is to save lives by registering people in the bone marrow registry so they can donate their bone marrow and save a life. To date, Hero has swabbed over 14,000 potential life-savers. 

Meal Program

In 2011, There Goes My Hero, Moveable Feast, and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins partnered on a pilot program to support leukemia patients and their families as they undergo the lengthy treatments with nourishing meals. Today, social workers in hospitals across Maryland identify patients and family members who are in need of support during their treatments, while Moveable Feast, through the financial support of There Goes My Hero, has provided nutritional services to those patients.

The Stats

Since our program began, we have served over 150,000 meals to patients and family members. Hero is only able to provide about 25% of the meals needed each month. 

The Solution

Feed a Hero Be a Hero Button (1)A donation of $35 can feed one patients with three meals a day for a week!  Give a little more and $140 can feed a patient for an entire month!


Cancer and it's treatment causes stress on the body, and the mind. People who are able to effectively manage stress have shown lower levels of depression, anxiety, and symptoms related to cancer and it's treatment. 

The Stats

Each year, more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer, such as leukemia or lymphoma. Live-saving research is occuring at local hospitals, and patients have new and expanding opporunities for support systems like CancerLife net and patient navigators. 

The Solution

Make a Donation ButtonHelp us fund blood cancer research and patient support programs, including the Cancer LifeNet at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, to make sure no patient faces a diagnosis alone.  

You Can Make a Difference

Please join us and become a Hero by donating your strength, your compassion, and your dollars to those who are fighting for survival.

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