Our Mission:

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

Erik and his donor, Isabel.
Erik and his donor, Isabel.

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 DiUbaldo

Executive Director

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.

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Elena Manco

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.

Erik Sauer

Founder & Chairman of the Board

President, On3Strategies

Michele Bresnick Walsh

Immediate Past President

Attorney, Gordon Feinblatt LLC

George Hall


President, LINQ Services

Devin Edwards

Vice President, Chair of Marketing

COO and CSO, Phoenix Operations Group

Director, Ava's Flavas, Inc.

Geneau Thames

Board Member

General Counsel & Director of Compliance, Harford Mutual Insurance Group

Burton Daniel

Board Member

Financial Advisor, Snyder Daniel Wealth Advisors of Janney Montgomery Scott

Anthony Davis

Board Member

CEO, AVD Virtual Tours

Will Ferguson

Board Member

Founder & Principal,
Hybrid-Property Management

Jonathan Fishbeck

Board Member

Founder & CEO, EstateSpace

Rob Frisch

Board Member

Owner, Mt. Washington Tavern

Michael Kelly

Board Member

Vice President, Kelly Benefit Strategies

Cliff Millstead

Board Member, Secretary

Project Executive,
Plano-Coudon LLC

Denis O'Donovan

Board Member

Principal, ProfitComm Telecommunications

Gina Ramsey

Board Member, Chair of Board Development

President, Pink Dog Digital

Lindsey Ledwin

Board Member

Partner, The Tiber Creek Group

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