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 of America. His arrival comes at an opportune time as the organization continues in its mission trajectory toward finding the cure for sarcoma,” said Mark Thornton, MD, PhD, President of the Board of Directors. “Rich’s executive experience demonstrates that he has the leadership skills to guide the SFA to the next level as a premiere cancer charity. As Rich makes his mark on the SFA, we trust his personable and caring manner will also translate into new alliances and partnerships with other like-minded individuals and organizations.”
Rumsey, who officially began his tenure at the SFA in November, joins the organization during a time of growth. Over the past two years, the SFA has expanded its patient education conference program, initiated the Race to Cure Sarcoma™ event series, and funded an additional $2 million in research, bringing the foundation’s lifetime investment in sarcoma research to more than $7 million.
“I am excited to join the Sarcoma Foundation of America and serve at the helm of the country’s leading sarcoma organization,” said Rumsey. “The SFA has a rich history of serving as an advocate for sarcoma patients and has invested heavily in vitally important sarcoma research, fostering an environment leading to the development of new therapies. I look forward to building off of the successes of my predecessor, Bert Thomas, PhD, and helping to elevate the SFA’s presence as a national cancer nonprofit.”
About the Sarcoma Foundation of America
The Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, is an advocate for increased research to find new and better therapies with which to treat patients with sarcoma. The organization raises money to privately fund grants for sarcoma researchers and conducts education and advocacy efforts on behalf of sarcoma patients. For more information, please visit www.curesarcoma.org.
Sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults (1 percent of all adult cancers) but rather prevalent in children (about 20 percent of all childhood cancers). At any one time, 50,000 patients and their families are struggling with sarcoma. Every year, nearly 15,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 6,000 people die from the disease.