A Night of Heroes honors local executives, community leaders and sports icons — and the people in their lives — who have been affected by a life-threatening illness. These individuals have demonstrated strength, resilience and selflessness, whether fighting their own battle of survival or supporting a loved one. Brought together by a mutual love of Baltimore, its people, businesses and sports teams, this passionate group is driven to make an impact, raise awareness and inspire action in the lives of those facing similar challenges.
You can expect an evening of inspiring stories from Chuck Pagano, Dick Cass and Brenda Frese! Food vendors from all over Greater Baltimore will provide dinner and drinks.
We will also be helping to grow the National Bone Marrow Registry by swabbing all attendees!
Event proceeds will go to There Goes My Hero.
See right sidebar on this page for honoree profiles.
Dress to impress!
DATE: May 14, 2015
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Baltimore Harbor Hotel, 101 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201
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There Goes My Hero
There Goes My Hero was founded in 2009 by leukemia survivor Erik Sauer. On May 20, 2008, Erik was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). One week later, Erik’s wife Lisa gave birth to their son Joey. Soon after, Erik entered Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he spent four rocky months receiving chemotherapy and, ultimately, a bone marrow transplant. Erik is fortunate to have found a match and be a survivor. He was inspired to help other patients because of his own challenges and the support he received from patients ahead of him in the process. Erik based There Goes My Hero on three premises: help patients and families in need; fund cancer research and support the medical community in their quest for a cure; and find a matching bone marrow donor for every leukemia patient in need by adding as many people to the national bone marrow registry as possible.
By partnering with other organizations like Moveable Feast, Johns Hopkins, the University of Maryland, Delete Blood Cancer, and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, we’ve been able to accomplish amazing things in the five years since we were founded. To date, we have added 7,520 new people to the national bone marrow donor registry, which has resulted in 75 matches, 8 of which have resulted in life-saving transplants. We’ve also provided 55,721 meals to patients and their families. Finally, we have been able to help fund research at Johns Hopkins, and patient support programs at the Upper Chesapeake Cancer Center.
Chuck Pagano Bio
Charles David “Chuck” Pagano was born on October 2, 1960 in Boulder, CO. He has led the Indianapolis Colts to a 33-15 record and to the playoffs in each of his first three years as an NFL head coach. Prior to taking over in Indianapolis, Chuck Pagano spent four years on John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens staff, serving as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator during their 2011 run to the AFC Championship game. Just months after taking over as the Colts head coach, Chuck began to experience fatigue and unusual bruising. After consulting with team physicians, Chuck was instructed to go straight to the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, where he was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia in September of 2012. Immediately, the sports world rallied around #ChuckStrong, and the support was overwhelming for the Pagano family. In November 2012, after an extended stay in the hospital, Chuck was declared to be in remission, and just three months after his diagnosis, he returned to the Colts sideline on December 30, 2012. Chuck has become an inspiration to many who have been or are currently fighting this dreaded disease, and was the first person to learn of Jennifer Aparicio’s diagnosis, spending over an hour preparing Nestor and Jenn for the fight that they were about to undertake. Chuck constantly checked in on Jenn during her journey, and for that, she will be forever grateful.
Brenda Frese Bio
Brenda Frese has led the Maryland Terrapins women’s basketball team to unprecedented success since being named head coach in 2002, including coaching the 2006 team to their first-ever national championship. However, her success on the court has not been without off-court struggles. In October 2010, Brenda’s son Tyler was diagnosed with pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the age of 2. This began a three-year, three-month journey back and forth to Johns Hopkins for constant treatment. In December of 2013, Tyler received his last dose of chemotherapy. Coach Frese is now an honorary board member for There Goes My Hero, and encourages everyone to live by her motto: “Get swabbed… It’s a layup.”
Dick Cass Bio
Dick Cass is in his 12th year as president of the Baltimore Ravens. Cass oversees every area of the organization, including players and staff, the coaching team, corporate sales, communications and business ventures. Cass has also worked with the Washington Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys, and in the NFL office. In 2006, Dick received a phone call asking if he would donate one of his kidneys to an old law-school friend. “He was a personal friend from law-school days,” Cass said. “We were very good friends, and he didn’t have a family member who was a good candidate for kidney donation, so he had to reach out to friends.” Without hesitation, Dick agreed and eventually underwent a five-hour surgery to remove the kidney. In 2004, Dick was honored for this courageous act with a Donate Life Champion Award.
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