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
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.