SFA Recent News

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 »

2017 Artwork Contest Winners

The results of our 2017 Children’s Sarcoma Artwork Contest are in and it’s a tie! Congratulations to both Alli and Ellie, 11-year-old twins. They created their pieces in memory of their beloved brother, Brice. Brice passed away from Epithelioid Sarcoma. Alli’s artwork will be featured on the SFA’s 2017 holiday card. Ellie’s work will be used for new SFA note cards. Both Alli and Ellie’s artwork is now featured in our SFA shop!  Visit http://www.cafepress.com/curesarcoma and click on the “Children’s Artwork” tab to see the newest merchandise with Alli and Ellie’s designs. Thank you again to everyone who submitted their art. All…  Read More »

Sarcoma Awareness Month

  July is upon us! Each person in the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) community has the power to make an impact and help increase awareness for this relentless cancer. Let’s come together to generate needed resources for research. Interested in helping during Sarcoma Awareness Month? Check out our ONE STOP SHOP for everything Sarcoma Awareness Month. Help spread the word by sharing this page with others.     1. Start Out the Month by signing our White House petition. The sarcoma advocacy community has joined forces on a petition urging the White House to officially designate the month of July as…  Read More »

Participation in a Market Research Study on Soft Tissue Sarcoma

M3 a market research company, is looking for people who have been diagnosed with Soft Tissue Sarcoma for an in person or webcam/telephone interview. Participants will be helping the company in the development of new treatments and to understand how to best serve patients. A short telephone conversation will confirm whether or not you qualify. You will be compensated for your time. If you live in the LA or Chicago areas, M3 would like to speak with you in person. If you are outside of these areas, it will be a webcam/telephone interview. If you are interested in participating, please contact…  Read More »

Sarcoma Foundation of Announces 2017 Research Grants

  DAMASCUS, Md. – May 24, 2017 – The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA), an organization dedicated to increased awareness and research for sarcoma, today announced that it has awarded $500,000 in research funds to deserving scientists at institutions across the United States as part of its 2017 SFA Research Grant program. Ten research grants, each worth $50,000, have been awarded to researchers who have made it their mission to study sarcoma, a rare 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…  Read More »