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.

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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

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

Anthony Davis

Board Member

Co-Founder, WD Virtual Tours

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

Jessica Gignac

Board Member, Chair of Events Committee

Co-Owner, Intrinsic Events

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

Shirley Mowery

Board Member, Chair of Board Development

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

Gina Ramsey

Board Member, Chair of Marketing Committee

President,

Pink Dog Digital

Geneau Thames

Board Member

General Counsel & Director of Compliance, Harford Mutual Insurance Company

Jim Xinis

Board Member

Former President and CEO, Calvert Memorial Hospital

Our Partners

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