BENEFITING: Sarcoma Foundation of America
EVENT DATE: Jan 19, 2014
I am running in the Louisiana Marathon, 1/2 Marathon on January 19, 2014. It is my first and what most likely may be the crowning moment in my running career which started after undergoing radiation treatment and surgery to remove a very large soft tissue sarcoma tumor from my thigh. I am doing this to celebrate life, to encourage those still going through their cancer journey and to remember those who lost their life to this rare cancer.
I am also running to increase awareness of sarcoma, because I had not heard of it until my diagnosis. Sarcoma is a cancerous (malignant) tumors of the connective tissues. The term sarcoma comes from a Greek word meaning fleshy growth. Sarcoma arises in the connective tissue of the body. Normal connective tissue include, fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones, muscles, deep skin tissues, and cartilage. Sarcomas are divided into two main groups, bone sarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas. They are further sub-classified based on the type of presumed cell of origin found in the tumor. They all share certain microscopic characteristics and have similar symptoms. Sarcomas can develop in children and adults. For children under 20 approximately 15 percent of cancer diagnosis are sarcomas. Although rare, there are approximately 14,000 new cases of sarcoma diagnosed each year in the United States. In general sarcomas are divided into the large groups of soft tissue sarcoma and bone sarcomas.
Please support sarcoma research by supporting me. For every dollar donated, I will personally donate $1 to the Sarcoma Alliance, the sister organization of the The Sarcoma Foundation of America.