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What does it mean to be a match?

For many patients with blood cancer, there is a cure: a bone marrow transplant. Just registering as a bone marrow donor means giving blood cancer patients hope for a second chance at life. In many cases, your bone marrow might be the only match to someone in need, which means your donation is a patient’s…

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5 Easy Ways to Support Hero this Holiday Season

With holiday season just around the corner, There Goes My Hero welcomes the beginning of holiday giving. During the holidays, we show our family and friends how much they mean to us. But what can we do for those in need? A year-end donation to There Goes My Hero is a great way to show…

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3 Places to Find Blood Cancer Support Groups in Baltimore

Support groups are crucial for patients and families affected by blood cancer. Whether you are a patient, family member, friend, or caretaker, joining a support group can help during the difficult time that comes with a cancer diagnosis. Support groups present the opportunities for people in similar positions to come together, speak openly about concerns, build knowledge,…

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Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to Cancer Therapy

James P. Allison of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research in cancer immunotherapy. Immunotherapy uses the own body’s immune system to help fight cancer. Autologous stem cell transplants, where a patient’s own cells reboots the…

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5 Resources for Young Adult Cancer Patients

I recently wrote an article for OZY about a new study that suggests acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) patients under the age of 40 have better survival outcomes when they are treated with pediatric regimens, and even when they are treated at pediatric cancer centers. As a young adult leukemia survivor, I know that many adolescent…

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Four Foods to Help You Stay Strong During Chemotherapy

Part of There Goes My Hero’s mission is to provide nourishment to blood cancer patients and their families. During treatment, nutrition can play a vital part in staying strong and as healthy as possible during chemotherapy and radiation. Here are 4 foods (and drinks) that might help you deal with the side-effects of the the…

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A Message From Lori…

For those of you that don’t know, Lori Nam is a part of the Hero family and creator of Swab and Save Someone (SASS), an amazing initiative in partnership with There Goes My Hero in search of compatible bone marrow donors for Lori and thousands of other patients awaiting transplants. In September of 2009, Lori…

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My Experience as a Bone Marrow Donor – Part 2

     My sister had been fighting leukemia for five years, and the time had finally come for me to attempt to help cure her cancer. The night before and morning of the transplant I had to fast; I think my last meal was orange chicken and chow mein from Panda Express. My mother brought…

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The Bone Marrow Registry and Why Diversity Matters

With every passing 120 seconds a person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Many people look to the National Bone Marrow Registry when in need of a transplant, but many people are looking at this list and seeing a huge problem.   Minorities are greatly underrepresented on the bone marrow registry. 67%…

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Learn A Little – How Leukemia Treatment Is Changing

by Kristina Gaddy, volunteer with Hero Author, writer, hematologist, and oncologist Jerome Groopman is well known for writing about health topics, specifically cancer and HIV/AIDS for the non-medical community.  This week in an article in The New Yorker magazine, he reveals the new way doctors are approaching leukemia treatment. Four years ago when I was…

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