Baltimore, MD – March 24, 2014 —There Goes My Hero Foundation (www.theregoesmyhero.org) Three non-profit organizations are working together as never before. Delete Blood Cancer, There Goes My Hero and The Ulman Cancer Fund have teamed up to add as many college students as possible to the national bone marrow registry.
Delete Blood Cancer the world’s largest bone marrow donor center leads the fight to eradicate leukemia and other blood cancers. There Goes My Hero seeks to restore hope to leukemia patients and their families by increasing bone marrow registrants, providing nutritious meals to patients and families, and supporting blood cancer research. The Ulman Cancer Fund works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect, and empower young adult cancer survivors.
Additionally, The Ulman Cancer Fund provides scholarships to college students who have either battled cancer or had a loved one with cancer. Scholarship students give back by performing community service. This year Ulman scholars will be conducting bone marrow drives at over 20 Colleges and Universities across the country. Local schools involved in the initiative include Goucher College, Howard County Community College and University of Maryland.
Brenda Frese, women’s basketball coach at the University of Maryland, has been working closely with There Goes My Hero and is supporting this initiative. Coach Frese’s son Tyler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is on the road to recovery. Coach Frese continues to give her time and energy to help patients in need. The Ulman Scholars will be holding a drive at University of Maryland, branded Team Tyler.
Many leukemia and other blood cancer patients need a bone marrow transplant in order to have a chance at life. More than 10,000 men, women, and children could benefit from a bone marrow transplant every year. Yet 6 out of 10 patients do not have a match. Erik Sauer, founder of There Goes My Hero Foundation, believes that “College students are ideal donors. Research has shown young donors make the most successful matches and they can remain on the registry until they are 61. ”
This spring on Maryland campuses and at Universities across the country college students will be registering donors and saving lives. They will be making a difference to patients in need today and in the future.
There Goes My Hero Foundation