Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia
Trucking for Sarcoma
Every day: July 17th- 25th
The Eastern Seaboard & Ohio Valley Regions of the United States
About 450 people participated in the first “Trucking for Sarcoma” event, which was organized and hosted by the GIST Cancer Awareness Foundation (GCAF).
“Trucking for Sarcoma” was held during International Sarcoma Awareness Week 2010. All drivers from Marine Transport Company helped raise awareness of Sarcoma with “Sarcoma Knows No Borders” placards on their trucks. They handed out 800 brochures detailing information about Sarcoma, and in particular, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor. The drivers covered over 160,000 miles during the week driving throughout the East Coast, Ohio Valley and Chicago metro regions.
The Trucking for Sarcoma event raised $30,000 !!!
A Sarcoma Support Gathering
July 17-19, 2009, in Naperville, Illinois
Three families from the ACOR osteosarcoma support list traveled to Naperville for this very special weekend. It started Friday night with a dinner, and Target provided sandwiches, chips and cookies. After dinner, they played games together. It was a great time getting to know each other, laughing together and making new friends. On Saturday morning, 12 people arrived for the a morning chat, including 5 members of a family whose mother is battling sarcoma. A lot of information was exchanged, and it was wonderful making new friends.
Saturday night was the dinner, which included 22 people (the 3 families and 2 additional survivors and their families). Dinner was a buffet of Italian beef sandwiches, salads, fruit and cake. There was also a raffle – Target donated a $50 gift card, and the local college donated 2 tickets to a theater production, as well as a few other things that were donated.
After dinner the group walked across the parking lot of the hotel to a beautiful spot along a pond. The rain held off and the wind died down as they lit the 96 luminaries. There were yellow bags for the survivors and warriors, and white ones for those no longer with us. It was extremely touching to watch the 6 survivors light their own luminaries and to light candles for others from the ACOR support group. All in all, 116 people participated in the event, either by traveling to Naperville or by virtually joining in the luminary service.
A Sarcoma Support Gathering
July 17-19, 2009
UPDATE: 116 people participated in the event, either by traveling to Naperville or by virtually joining in their luminary service.
Sarcoma patients, survivors, caregivers and those who have lost loved-ones to sarcoma are invited to join in a supportive event in Naperville, Illinois as a part of the Team Sarcoma Initiative. The event is open to everyone affected by sarcoma and has been organized by members of the ACOR osteosarcoma online support group. A donation of $12.00 per person to ACOR will include a “Sarcoma Knows No Borders” bracelet.
Come for a few hours: Those who would like to meet others affected by sarcoma and enjoy time together are welcome to join the group at the SpringHill Suites by Marriot in Naperville/Warrenville for:
- A meeting on July 18th at 10:00 am, followed by informal activities in the area
- Dinner on July 18th at 6:00 pm, followed by a luminary
Come for the weekend: Those who would like to join us for an informal weekend of fun and fellowship are invited to reserve a suite for the discounted rate of $74 per night at:
SpringHill Suites by Marriot
4305 Weaver Parkway
Warrenville, IL 60555
The weekend’s schedule includes:
Friday, July 17
Registration at 4:00 PM
Dinner will be available
Saturday, July 18
Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (for hotel guests)
Meeting in a room at the hotel at 10:00 a.m.
Afternoon free to enjoy the local attractions
Dinner at 6:00 p.m. in a meeting room at the hotel
Luminary – feel free to bring pictures to share
Sunday, July 19
Morning Brainstorming/Planning session for next year’s event
Mary Jo Ghiselli and Kimberly Fitzgerald organized a Team Sarcoma/Illinois (Kenilworth) to undertake an 18-mile round trip bike ride. Unfortunately, they started out in rain and didn’t start out until sometime after the posted departure time, so their numbers were smaller than they had anticipated. After the ride, Mary Jo wrote us the following note, “We had a group of six attend. It stopped raining when we arrived at the gardens for our lunch. Patrick and Emma met us there. The ride home through the forest was nice. We saw deer and many different birds. I also had bike trouble, my brakes were locked on my front tire the whole ride and my derailleur was broken and rubbing. I was getting exhausted so, we stopped to try and fix it. We met some nice Romanian people along the trail who helped unlock my brakes. When we said goodbye and thank you, I gave them a “Sarcoma Knows No Borders” bracelet. I wonder if they could read one of the languages inside the bracelet.”