Save lives. Provide hope. Help those impacted by blood cancer.

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

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bone marrow donors registered
matches found
life-saving transplants

Our Programs

BE A HERO

6 out of 10 patients cannot find a matching donor.

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For many blood cancer patients, a bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant is the best chance for survival. Hero saves lives by adding potential donors to the bone marrow registry.

Host a drive or get swabbed today.

SUPPORT A HERO

Each year, 170,000 people will receive a blood cancer diagnosis in the U.S.

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The Hero Fund supports Baltimore area blood cancer patients and their families by covering the unanticipated costs of treatment.

This includes meals during treatment, medically tailored meals post-discharge, transportation, parking, and copays.

 

COLOR THE REGISTRY

Nationally, people of color are underrepresented on the bone marrow donor registry.

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Our Color the Registry program seeks to diversify the bone marrow registry, offering hope to all patients in need of a bone marrow transplant, no matter their ethnic or racial background.

While patients of European descent have a 77% chance of finding a match, compared to 23% of African American or Black patients. 

 

What To Expect After Donating Bone Marrow 

August 18, 2020

You might be considering donating bone marrow to someone in your family, in your community, or even someone you have never met before. There are two methods of donation: peripheral blood stem cell donation (PBSC) and bone marrow donation. Both methods are straightforward outpatient procedures, but you will still experience some side effects.  Recovery From…

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A Swabbing Good Year

July 21, 2020

Eleven months ago, I happily accepted a position at There Goes My Hero. I didn’t know what to expect, but I hoped that this would be an exciting and fulfilling year. Now that my service year is almost done (it ends July 21st), I can definitively say that this year has far exceeded my expectations…

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Hosting A Bone Marrow Drive On Your Own

July 6, 2020

In order to expand our public outreach, There Goes My Hero needs to be able to host drives more frequently, and in more locations. Doing so increases the number of potential donors, matches, and life-saving transplants that we are able to provide. Despite our significant impact, TGMH is not a large-scale organization. Sometimes, especially when…

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(Lack of) Diversity on the Bone Marrow Registry

June 23, 2020

Every three minutes, a person is diagnosed with a blood cancer or blood disorder. This includes diseases like sickle cell anemia and multiple myeloma, which disproportionately affect the African-American community. For many patients suffering from blood cancers, a bone marrow transplant is the best chance for survival.  Only 30% of patients are able to find…

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Helping Children Cope When A Sibling Has Blood Cancer

June 15, 2020

When a child is diagnosed with blood cancer, it can affect every member of the family. This is true for the child’s siblings, especially if they are young and do not fully understand the extent of what is happening around them.  Parents and family members can support children through this difficult time by helping them…

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