Baltimore, MD—February 27, 2012—There Goes My Hero Foundation (TGMH), a Baltimore-based non-profit whose mission is to register bone marrow donors, provide nutritious meals for leukemia patients and their families and to raise money for blood cancer research, announced today that the Seraph Foundation will match all monetary donations made to There Goes My Hero during 2012. The unofficial announcement, made last Thursday during the second annual A Taste forLife fund-raiser, caused applause and cheers from the attendees.
“We are thrilled and honored to have such wonderful partners in the community,” said Russell Weber, There Goes My Hero Foundation Board of Director’s President. “The Seraph Foundation is providing TGMH with a grant that will take the form of a matching challenge. The Seraph Foundation will match dollar for dollar all donations made to TGMH during calendar year 2012 for a maximum grant of $25,000.”
Mr. Bill Spire, Seraph Foundation’s Director, also addressed the 100+ attendees during TGMH’s A Taste for Life fundraiser. “Both institutions are committed to making a difference in the lives of those affected with cancer,” he commented. “There Goes My Hero plays a very important role in creating awareness about leukemia and the importance of the bone marrow registry. We hope to help by matching donations from their donors to help TGMH’s mission,” he said.
The Seraph Foundation is a private family foundation that has been involved in the effort to fight cancer for over a decade. They have partnered with Johns Hopkins and other hospitals and research centers from Virginia to New York. “They have always been an altruistic organization that has done most of its work anonymously,” added Erik Sauer, There Goes My Hero’s founder and board chairman. “We are very grateful and honored to be partnering with them to continue to fulfill our mission to provide hope and nourishment to leukemia patients and their families by providing meals and registering bone marrow donors,” he continued.
Through events such as A Taste for Life, TGMH provides a platform by which a person can learn more about the importance of a bone marrow donation. In addition to raising money for future bone marrow drives, attendees can “swab a cheek—safe a live” at all of There Goes My Hero’s signature events. After the cheek swab, which takes less than 2 minutes, samples are sent to a lab where scientists attempt to match donors and blood cancer patients who are in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. “We invite everyone to help us in the fight against leukemia,” continued Sauer. “But most importantly, we would like to extend an invitation to those between the ages of 18 and 55 and those with ethnic backgrounds to register in the international bone marrow registry.” he added.
TGMH would like you to save the date for their next event on June 3, 2012 when the Fourth Annual Polo Match and Family Outing will take place. The event will feature a day of Polo, gourmet food, libations, family entertainment, kids’ games and the chance to make a difference in someone’s life.
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