The mission of the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) is to advocate for sarcoma patients by funding research and by increasing awareness about the disease. The organization raises money to privately fund grants for sarcoma researchers and conducts education and advocacy efforts on behalf of sarcoma patients.
Our True Founder — Jeffrey Thornton (1995-2015)
The spark that ignited the start of the Sarcoma Foundation of America was the diagnosis of then 3-year-old Jeffrey Thornton with sarcoma. His parents, Dr. Mark Thornton and Mrs. Patricia Thornton, along with their physician, Dr. John Brooks, were motivated to act not only to help treat his cancer but others at well. Grappling with the Jeffrey’s diagnosis, they found there wasn’t a patient advocacy and research organization dedicated to sarcoma patients and their families. They sought to fill that void.
The Sarcoma Foundation of America was born in 2000 and became recognized as a 501(c)3 organization by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2001.
Through these humble beginnings, the SFA has grown exponentially, and is the only national prominent charitable organization focused on the mission of finding new and better therapies to treat sarcoma. Today’s SFA has attracted thousands of members from across the nation and around the world with our work to advocate for sarcoma patients and their families.
Eliminate pain and suffering due to sarcoma by:
- Advocating for increased government funding against sarcoma
- Creating alliances with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries to rapidly develop new and better sarcoma treatments
- Increasing public awareness regarding early detection of sarcoma
- Educating sarcoma patients
Tragically, Jeffrey, a 17-year survivor of sarcoma, passed away on July 5, 2015. His life ended but not his story. His generous spirit and legacy endures.