SFA Recent News

The Race to Cure Sarcoma is Bigger & Better in 2018

Excitement for the 2018 Race to Cure Sarcoma™ season is building as we head into what will no doubt be our biggest and best year yet!  The Race to Cure Sarcoma™ remains the premier run/walk series in the United States focused on raising awareness and research funds for sarcoma.    Organized by the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA), the Race to Cure Sarcoma™ is made up of family-friendly 5K run/walks held in cities across the nation. Last year, nearly 3,500 people participated in the Race to Cure Sarcoma™.    What makes the 2018 Race to Cure Sarcoma™ so exciting?    …  Read More »

2017 Year in Review

We are nearing the end of the first month of 2018 and the sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) is grateful for everything that you’ve done in 2017. Your work makes a difference in the lives of sarcoma patients and their families While we can’t wait to see what the rest of 2018 will bring, we first want to take a moment to look back on the previous year. Thanks to your support and generosity, the Sarcoma Foundation of America had an exceptional 2017!  In 2017, your gifts: Funded more than three quarters of a million dollars in sarcoma research.  …  Read More »

Meet the Researcher – William K. Decker, PhD

William K. Decker, PhD, Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine   2016 Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma Co-Founder Carl Firetto Memorial Research Award : “Outbred Canine Model of Adjuvant Immunotherapy for Angiosarcoma”   PLEASE DESCRIBE THE FOCUS OF THE RESEARCH PERFORMED IN YOUR LAB. We study the basic immunobiology of dendritic cells and the manner by which this critical cell subtype orchestrates TH polarization. TH polarization sounds complicated – and it is – but can be explained relatively easily. The adaptive immune system makes two main types of fundamentally different immune responses. One of these responses, termed TH2, is aimed at eliminating pathogens that…  Read More »

Action Alert: Childhood Cancer STAR Act

  UPDATE: On March 22, 2018, The United States Senate passed the STAR Act!  Now the legislation moves on to the House for consideration.  Please contact your Representative to ask them to pass the STAR Act.    We need your help! Time is running out for Congress to take up The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act. The STAR Act would expand opportunities for childhood cancer research, improve efforts to identify and track childhood cancer incidences, enhance the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors, and ensure publicly accessible expanded access policies that provide hope for patients…  Read More »

Sarcoma Foundation of America Names Richard Rumsey as Chief Executive Officer

DAMASCUS, Md. – December 6, 2017– The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA), an organization dedicated to increased research, awareness and advocacy for sarcoma, announces the selection of Richard Rumsey as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Rumsey comes to the SFA with an extensive background in charitable fundraising, development and management. Rumsey, who most recently served in leadership positions at the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, & Clarke Counties, Project HOPE, and the Lebanese American University, has an established track record of driving successful giving campaigns and facilitating operational and strategic planning. “We are privileged to welcome Rich to the Sarcoma Foundation…  Read More »

Bring Hope to Sarcoma Warriors This Holiday Season

Dear Friend of the Sarcoma Foundation of America, What do the Holidays Mean to you? “Sarcomas are bad, bad, actors.” The doctor’s solemn warning still echoes in my head and reverberates through my whole body this time of year… nearly 20 years after he uttered the words. The holiday season can bring excitement and anticipation as well as fond memories of frenzied shopping trips, festive parties, and spending time with loved ones. But for me, sketchy images from a raw, colorless day in November of 1998 also flash through my mind. “Your son has a rare aggressive cancer called alveolar…  Read More »

Join the Sarcoma Foundation of America on #GivingTuesday

Join the Sarcoma Foundation of America on Tuesday, November 28 for Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity. The Sarcoma Foundation of America is proud take part in Giving Tuesday.   We invite you to join us and help celebrate Giving Tuesday!  Thanks to the generosity of Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your gift to the Sarcoma Foundation of America will have an even greater impact on Giving Tuesday! Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are teaming up to…  Read More »

Teen Comedy Contest for the #CureSarcoma Cause

 Today’s post was written by Sara Jade Alan, a sarcoma survivor and author. On the evening of November 17, at Smoky Hill High School, Colorado’s first-ever Teen Comedy Contest was held. In a cafeteria transformed by talented teen techies into a theater space complete with stage lighting, over fifty students from six high school improv troupes around the Denver metro area gathered together. They brought their energy, excitement, and chops for making-stuff-up-on-the-spot, all to benefit a great cause…and to compete for improv glory. With troupe names like the Flustered Mustards (Heritage HS), Method to Madness (Cherokee Trail HS), Regular Irregulars (East…  Read More »

The Healing Power of Comedy

 Today’s post was written by Sara Jade Alan, a sarcoma survivor and author.   In 2005, I was in my twenties and living and performing comedy in New York City. I had just completed an eight-month yoga-teacher training program when I discovered a lump on my outer left thigh. I thought it would be nothing, but I went to see an orthopedic doctor about it to make sure. He coolly told me: tumor. I remember walking out of his office onto the blustery NYC street, the giant X-ray envelope whipping around in my hands like a sail—as if to warn, the…  Read More »

Meet the Researcher – Andrew Koff, PhD

Andrew Koff, PhD, Member and Professor, Sloan Kettering Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center   2014 Heidi Connery Memorial Research Grant: “Proteomic and genomic approaches to understanding intrinsic and acquired resistance to CDK4 inhibition therapy in well differentiated/dedifferentiated liposarcoma”   PLEASE DESCRIBE THE FOCUS OF THE RESEARCH PERFORMED IN YOUR LAB. The laboratory of cell cycle regulation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is interested in identifying the genes and proteins that regulate the transition of cells from quiescence, a reversible type of proliferative exit, to senescence, a more stable irreversible type of proliferative exit.  Proliferation associated with a deregulated cell cycle…  Read More »