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Each year the graduating senior class and faculty are asked to help save lives by supporting There Goes My Hero, an organization founded to help those patients with Leukemia and their families. The Class of 2018 along with Bishop McNamara Faculty and Staff members joined forces this May to support the fight against blood born cancer by joining the bone marrow registry in honor of patients with blood cancer across the globe. BMHS friends and family can also get on the registry by contacting There Goes My Hero directly or Janice Cuellar at BMHS.
Each year there are over 50,000 new cases of leukemia diagnosed in the United States. Each year, almost 25,000 people will die from leukemia. Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells and although there are new and developing drugs and therapies to treat leukemia, an estimated 13,000 patients a year still need a blood stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant to survive. Due to under-representation, minorities have a tougher time finding that lifesaving transplant match.
BMHS students who are 18, faculty, staff, families, alumni and friends can help by requesting a kit and getting swabbed, thus joining the registry. For more information, contact There Goes My Hero directly or Janice Cuellar at BMHS.
There Goes My Hero was founded by leukemia survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient Erik Sauer.
On May 20, 2008 Erik was diagnosed 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 lead him to want to help others. Today, Hero partners with Delete Blood Cancer to add potential life-savers to the National Bone Marrow Registry; provides meals to patients undergoing treatment and their family members with Moveable Feast; and supports blood cancer research and patient support programs at Maryland hospitals. For a video of how this organization brings hope to patients and their families, go to About There Goes My Hero.