Save lives. Provide hope. Help those impacted by blood cancer.
About There Goes My Hero
There Goes My Hero was founded by leukemia survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient Erik Sauer.
On May 20, 2008, Erik was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). One week later, Erik’s wife Lisa gave birth to their son Joey. Several days later, Erik entered Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he spent four rocky months, receiving chemotherapy and, ultimately, a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor.
Erik's own fight led him to want to help others. Today, Hero partners with DKMS to add potential lifesavers to the National Bone Marrow Registry; and with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and other local providers to provide a support system to blood cancer patients and their families, including transportation services, parking coupons, and housing during treatment.
[ Right: Erik and his donor, Isabel ]
Staff & Board of Directors
Mary Kaye has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and development. She has worked across the Baltimore area including at the University of Baltimore, Catholic Charities, CASA of Harford County, and the Fuel Fund. She believes effective teams lead to effective organizations.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Elena joined There Goes My Hero in June 2021, following a service term with the AmeriCorps program, Reading Partners. She graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration in May 2020 with the goal of working in the non-profit sector.