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Polo to Fight Cancer

TGMH Polo Match Fundraiser
TGMH Polo Match Fundraiser
Maryland Polo Club

I caught up with an old friend last week who is a Director for Passport Health in Federal Hill. As expected, I asked the customary question associated with these types of reunions, “What have you been up to?” He did not respond in the typical fashion of stating some old adage or using the new ever evolving hip-hop phrase to tell me “it was all good.” Instead, he was refreshingly honest and divulged in detail what he was doing as a Board Member of the There Goes My Hero Foundation (TGMH). It has a personal meaning to him and he believed I would share this sentiment being aware of what I had been through with family members in my not so long ago past.

My friend told me the story of Erik Sauer. Erik is an Acute Myelogenous Leukemia survivor and the recipient of a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor. Having gone through this ordeal, Erik decided he wanted to help fight blood cancers. The experience of going through a “cancer fight” with his family made him acutely aware of the importance of family support programs. Getting more people registered will help more people in situations similar to Erik’s. Erik designed the There Goes My Hero Foundation to fund blood cancer research, family support programs and to help teach people about the importance of the bone marrow registry.

On Sunday June 27,2010, the There Goes My Hero Foundation will be holding their annual Polo Match Fundraiser from 1:00pm – 6:00pm. The event will be held at the Grounds of the Maryland Polo Club and Ladew Gardens in Fallston, MD. The Foundation expects nearly 200 attendees for a day of Polo, Gourmet food, live music by FICTION20DOWN, education and celebration. The Polo Match’s primary goal is to raise funds to continue with their mission of delivering high quality meals directly to those affected by blood cancers, to fund family support programs and blood cancer research and educate the public regarding the importance of the bone marrow registry.

Donations are $100 for adults. To RSV,P please send your donation to: There Goes My Hero, PO Box 701, Bel Air, MD 21014. You can donate online at:

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  • Voula 5 years ago

    I have spoken to Eric before when he was going thru this ordeal a couple of years back. Glad to hear it has worked for him.
    I will also look into his new charity. We recently went to a Polo match for catholic charities for the first time and had a great time.
    This may become our new fun pass time :)
    Thank you for sharing a touching story & glad to hear Eric is doing better.

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