Erik and his donor, Isabel. 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.
There Goes My Hero Foundation is the result of Erik’s own fight with the disease, and his own decision to help others fight as well. The Foundations mission is to increase registered bone marrow donors, provide nutritious meals to patients undergoing treatment, and support blood cancer research.