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
BE A HERO
6 out of 10 patients cannot find a matching donor.
SUPPORT A HERO
Each year, 170,000 people will receive a blood cancer diagnosis in the U.S.
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.
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.
The Importance of Diversifying the Bone Marrow Registry | African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month
July is dedicated to African American Bone Marrow Awareness Month. African American Patients only have a 25% chance of finding a match compared to a 75% chance for Caucasian patients on the registry. It is imperative that individuals of color join the National Bone Marrow Registry. Geneau Thames, a member of Hero’s board as well…Read More
Sickle Cell Disease and Multiple Myeloma affects thousands of people throughout the world. Sickle Cell Disease is most common among those whose ancestors come from sub-Saharan Africa, Spanish-speaking regions in the Western Hemisphere, Saudi Arabia, and other Mediterranean countries while Multiple Myeloma is most common in Australia, North America, and Western Europe. Sickle Cell…Read More
Unfortunately, there are many myths associated with bone marrow transplants. The lack of education can make people believe being a donor is scary, when it’s not a scary thing at all! Uncovering myths about bone marrow transplants could save lives.Read More
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help. So what exactly is mental health? Mental health…Read More
A bone marrow donation is a lifesaving treatment for many patients suffering from blood cancers like leukemia and multiple myeloma, and blood disorders like sickle cell disease and aplastic anemia. The purpose of a bone marrow transplant is to replace the unhealthy blood cells in the patient’s bloodstream with healthy blood-forming cells from a matching…Read More