Our Mission:

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

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 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.


Stephanie Cupp

Community Outreach Coordinator

Stephanie Cupp joined There Goes My Hero as an intern in August 2018. After graduating from Towson University with a Bachelor's in English, she joined the team full-time as the new Community Outreach Coordinator.

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.

Megan DeGroat

Board Treasurer

Senior Manager, SC&H Group

Jonathan Fishbeck

Board Member

Founder and CEO, Griffin Global Group

Rob Frisch

Board Member

Owner, Mt. Washington Tavern

Jessica Gignac

Board Member, Chair of Events Committee

Co-Owner, Intrinsic Events

Michael Kelly

Board Member

Vice President, Kelly Benefit Strategies

Cliff Millstead

Board Member

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

Geneau Thames

Board Member

General Counsel & Director of Compliance, Harford Mutual Insurance Company

Our Partners

Our Major Sponsors