Bob Bell Automotive and There Goes My Hero held a charity golf tournament at Chartwell Golf & Country Club in September to raise money for children and adults with blood cancer.
The annual event is held in honor of the late Bob Bell, founder of Bob Bell Automotive, who passed away in 2011 after battling leukemia. With the help of more than 100 representatives from prominent businesses around the Baltimore area, the organizations were able to raise more than $60,000.
“Because of my own battle with leukemia, I understand firsthand how the smallest act — whether it be a warm blanket, a good meal or a simple smile — can make a huge difference in a patient’s life,” said Erik Sauer, founder of There Goes My Hero. “Through this event and the selfless efforts of the entire Bob Bell Automotive team, we’ll be able to increase our ability to improve the lives of adults and children affected by blood cancer and further demonstrate to the community that anyone can be a hero.”
Each year, there are more than 170,000 cases of blood cancer diagnosed in the United States. Although blood cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths and the top cause of children deaths compared to any other disease, 70% of patients are unable to find a bone marrow match within their family and must rely on the generous donations of complete strangers.
For more information about hosting a bone marrow registry drive or registering as a donor, visit www.theregoesmyhero.org.