SFA Recent News

The Power of the Sarcoma Community

By Brandi Felser, Executive Director In my very first days on the job as the new Executive Director of the Sarcoma Foundation of America, I had the opportunity to experience first-hand the power of the sarcoma community. For the first time ever, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was reviewing for approval a proposed drug for the treatment of epithelioid sarcoma, a particularly rare and aggressive subtype of sarcoma. Epithelioid sarcoma has few effective treatment options and patients are often left with little or no hope for long-term survival. As a part of the approval process, the benefits of…  Read More »

Sarcoma Foundation of America Announces Brandi Felser as Executive Director

DAMASCUS, Md. – February 3, 2020 – The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA), an organization dedicated to increased research, awareness and advocacy for sarcoma, announces Brandi Felser as its new Executive Director.   Felser joins the SFA with more than 20 years of experience in non-profit development and management.  Felser, most recently Chief Operating Officer – Chief of Staff of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, also brings to the SFA a strong background in cancer research advocacy, making her well positioned to lead the organization’s mission to advocate for sarcoma patients by funding research and increasing awareness about this rare…  Read More »

Support Innovative Sarcoma Research

Thanks to you, the Sarcoma Foundation of America has made significant investments in innovative research for new sarcoma therapies, advancing us toward a cure in our time. In 2019, SFA awarded close to $2 million in research funding, making us the leading supporter of sarcoma research in our community. Our research investments have been a catalyst to significant progress. But we know there is still much left to do.  Your year-end gift will help us continue to be the leading voice for patients, survivors, and caregivers, bring more awareness to sarcoma, and make important investments in innovative research.   Donate now and continue…  Read More »

SFA Partners with the My Pediatric and Adult Rare Tumor (MyPART) Network

The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) is proud to have partnered with the My Pediatric and Adult Rare Tumor (MyPART) Network, a project coordinated through the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Cancer Research (CCR).  The MyPART Network is a group of patients, family members, researchers, advocates, and healthcare providers who are working together to find treatments for childhood, teen, and young adult rare solid tumors. MyPART believes that working together will help accelerate the discovery of treatments for rare cancer.   The MyPART Networkwas established to bring together patients, their family members, healthcare providers, patient advocates, and researchers to…  Read More »

Help Cure Sarcoma on Giving Tuesday

You know all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  But do you know about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity. After all of the Thanksgiving celebrations come to an end and after the madness of all of the holiday shopping, Giving Tuesday provides the chance to demonstrate generosity and help the causes we care about.  The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) is proud to participate in this global movement. We invite you to join us and help celebrate Giving Tuesday! Give through our…  Read More »

SFA Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Research Grants

  For complete instructions and guidelines, please review the 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement PDF.  Information can also be found in the Grants FAQ. Interested parties may begin submitting grant applications on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.  Grants will be reviewed by the SFA Medical Advisory Board immediately following the application deadline of 5:00 pm EST on January 31, 2020.  Researchers must submit proposals electronically at proposalCENTRAL.  First-time users will be required to register and complete a professional profile in order to apply for an SFA research grant.  The SFA does not accept applications via e-mail.

SFA Launches “Sarcoma Heroes” Public Service Announcement

Due to the rarity of the disease, many people are not aware of sarcoma until diagnosis. The Sarcoma Foundation of America and the sarcoma community aim to change that by bringing awareness to the disease.  Our newest Public Service Announcement campaign, titled “Sarcoma Heroes,” shares the message of all of the heroes who are working to make difference and encourages listeners to join forces with them in the fight to cure sarcoma.  Listen to the PSAs: “Sarcoma Heroes” 60 Second PSA “Sarcoma Heroes” 30 Second PSA The PSAs are also available at www.curesarcoma.org/sfa-in-the-news/. You can be a part of the effort…  Read More »

Study Opportunity – Share What Matters Most to People with Cancer

If you have ever received a sarcoma diagnosis, our colleagues at The Cancer Support Community need your help. Read their message below to learn how you can share your thoughts on what matters most to those living with cancer. Subject: Help us understand what matters most to people with cancer! The Cancer Support Community (CSC) is looking for people to help develop a new tool to understand what matters most to people living with cancer. Please consider participating if you have ever received a cancer diagnosis, are at least 18 years old, and can read English. Participants who complete the survey…  Read More »

What is Sarcoma?

Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer and typically produces malignant tumors derived from the connective tissue.  There are more than 70 sarcoma types and subtypes. Soft Tissue Sarcoma Soft tissue sarcoma broadly defines cancers that develop in the body’s soft tissues (i.e. muscles, tendons, fat, lymph vessels, blood vessels, and nerves). While these cancers are most commonly found in the head, neck, arms, legs, chest, and abdomen, they can develop anywhere in the body. There are various different types of soft tissue sarcoma, and depending on the type of soft tissue the cancer started in, the cells will look…  Read More »

Sarcoma Foundation of America Announces 2019 Research Grant Awards

DAMASCUS, Md. – June 27, 2019 – The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA), an organization dedicated to increased research and awareness for sarcoma, today announced that it has awarded three quarters of a million dollars in research funds to deserving scientists as part of its 2019 SFA Research Grant program. Fifteen research grants, each worth $50,000, have been awarded to researchers who have made it their mission to study sarcoma, a cancer that arises in the body’s soft tissue and bone. All proposals are peer reviewed by members of the SFA Medical Advisory Board who award the grants to the…  Read More »