About Us

Our mission is to restore hope to blood cancer patients and their families by increasing registered bone marrow donors, providing nutritious meals to patients undergoing treatment, and supporting blood cancer research

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

Our Story

There Goes My Hero was founded by leukemia survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient Erik Sauer.

On May 20, 2008 Erik was diagnosed 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 lead him to want to help others. Today, Hero partners with DKMS to add potential life-savers to the National Bone Marrow Registry; provides meals to patients undergoing treatment and their family members with Moveable Feast; and supports blood cancer research and patient support programs at Maryland hospitals.

[ Right: Erik and his donor, Isabel ]

Staff & Board of Directors

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Kristina Gaddy

Marketing and Communications Manager

Kristina returned to There Goes My Hero in the spring of 2018 to assist with marketing and communication efforts. She has volunteered or worked with Hero for the past six years. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and is celebrating her 6th year being cancer free. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction writing from Goucher College and has written for various website, news outlets, and literary journals.

Erik Sauer

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Principal, On3Strategies

Steve Nuetzel

Immediate Past President

CFP, Wells Fargo Advisors

Michele Bresnick Walsh

Board President

Attorney, Gordon Feinblatt LLC

Denis O'Donovan

Board Vice President

Principal, ProfitComm Telecommunications

Megan DeGroat

Board Treasurer

Senior Manager, SC&H Group

Christopher P. Smith

Board Secretary

Founder, Corporate Check Up

Gina Ramsey

Board Member, Chair of Marketing Committee

Director of New Product Development, Adventure Web Productions

Jessica Gignac

Board Member, Chair of Events Committee

Co-Owner, Intrinsic Events

Shirley Mowery

Board Member, Chair of Board Development

Business Development Director at Hertzbach & Company, P.A.

Jorge Eduardo Castillo

Board Member 

Founder and CEO, Onward! Estrategias

Devin Edwards

Board Member

COO and CSO, Phoenix Operations Group

Director, Ava's Flavas, Inc.

Jonathan Fishbeck

Board Member

Founder and CEO, Griffin Global Group

George Hall

Board Member

VP of Sales, LINQ Services

Michael Kelly

Board Member

Vice President, Kelly Benefit Strategies

Cliff Millstead

Board Member

Project Executive, Plano-Coudon LLC

Jim Xinis

Board Member

Former President and CEO, Calvert Memorial Hospital

Our Partners

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

"We change lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship."

Delete Blood Cancer

"We lead the fight against blood cancer by working with families & communities to recruit bone marrow donors & provide patients with second chances at life."

Ava's Flavas

"Ava’s Flavas is dedicated to bringing a little sweetness to children and families affected by childhood cancer."

Moveable Feast

"We provides meals, weekly groceries, and nutritional counseling to those facing life-threatening illness."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

"LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients."

Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

"One of only 45 cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center."

Upper Chesapeake Cancer LifeNet

"Our Cancer LifeNet program helps you find the services you need to balance work, family and cancer treatment."

Our Major Sponors