2010 Report: Team Sarcoma / Trucking for Sarcoma

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Trucking for SarcomaTrucking 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 !!!

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2010 Report: Team Sarcoma / Maryland – “J-Rock-n-Run”

5k Fun Run / 3k Fun Walk – “Jordan-Palooozza” Life Celebration
Saturday, July 24th at 4:00pm
Greenwell State Park in Southern Maryland

This festive event provided an opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a physical challenge and community fellowship. The event was created to honor Jordan Paganelli’s memory and to raise awareness of sarcoma.

Simply put: the event was absolutely phenomenal!! It was the hottest day of the year; but that didn’t stop anyone from coming out and celebrating life ALL DAY. In just our first year, we SOLD OUT all of our 500 slots in our 5k Trail Run and 1.5k Fun Walk. We estimate that over 1,500 people attended (many of which were children and Jordan’s friends). Other activities included: 5 live bands who performed all night, 2 Video-Game Competitions (“Guitar Hero” and “Wii Bowling”), face painting, hair styling, bean-bag games, ball tosses, bocce ball, and many other “tail-gaiter-type” games. We had 5 local vendors selling every type of food and beverages. People brought their chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, and coolers and “camped-out” all day while listening to live music and enjoying fellowship with the entire community.

The excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the event was incredible. People are already asking about next year.


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2010 Report: Team Sarcoma / Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sarcoma Information Tables and Videos
July 19-21, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland

During International Sarcoma Week, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center set up information tables for Hopkins patients and families. Refreshments, Team Sarcoma bracelets and fact sheets were included. A dinner was also held with physicians and patients. There were about 74 participants at the events.

Physicians at Johns Hopkins also put together informative videos about sarcoma that were featured on the Johns Hopkins YouTube Channel. In addition to the video featured above, they created, “Sarcoma, A glimpse at a rare cancer” and “Importance of Sarcoma Surgery Done Right The First Time.” Hundreds of people have viewed and learned from these videos.

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2009 Team Sarcoma “Core Team” Bike Tour


The Team Sarcoma Initiative started with a small team of seven cyclists, and this year the “core team” was once again a central part of the Initiative. The Bike Tour took place on the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, DC from July 18-25, 2009. The tour provided a special opportunity for 45 patients, survivors and friends to interact with others who have been touched by sarcoma, to see beautiful places and to have fun together. Participants traveled from 10 countries to join the core team and had dealt with 11 types of sarcoma.

In addition to cycling 184.5 miles, members of the core team took part in a beautiful indoor luminary service on Thursday night and a special reception on Friday night. Throughout the week, the group shared much laughter and a few tears as they discussed their experiences and enjoyed making memories together. There were 82 participants total, including day-trippers and special guests, and the tour was covered in the Cumberland Times-News. Distinguished speakers during the week included:

  • Ambassador Audrius Bruzga of Lithuania
  • Ambassador Roy Ferguson of New Zealand
  • Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan Mexico
  • Dr. David Loeb, Director of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Program, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
  • Dr. Crystal Mackall, Chief of the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute
  • Dr. Martin Makary, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Surgical Outcomes Research
  • Dr. Jeffrey Toretsky, Associate Professor at the Departments of Oncology and Pediatrics, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Mary Curtin-Savard, author of The Letters

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2009 Report: Team Sarcoma / Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

All Wheels Welcome
July 19, 2009, in Baltimore, Maryland

There was beautiful weather and a fantastic turnout of about 150 people for “All Wheels Welcome” 2009. Nearly $13,000 was raised for Sarcoma Research at Johns Hopkins, between registration for the event and generous donations from participants and their families.

We were so happy to see a variety of wheels in attendance this year: scooters, roller blades, bicycles, wagons, and even a wheelchair. We also had walkers and runners join in. Entire families came to the event…parents with their children, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. It was clearly a TEAM effort across the board.

Local area donors who provided fresh fruit, yogurt, donuts, bagels, coffee, juice, water, muffins (Einstein Bros Bagels, Donut Shack, Sheraton Hotel, Marriot Hotel). Our specially designed Team Sarcoma T-Shirt were all donated by the Mulhern Family and were provided with “Sarcoma Knows No Borders” bracelets to participants.

Everyone truly had a wonderful time and enjoyed being out for a good cause. We generated a lot of buzz for next year, and everyone is looking forward to Team Sarcoma 2010!

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2009 Team Sarcoma / Johns Hopkins Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

All Wheels Welcome
July 19, 2009
Baltimore – Annapolis Trail

UPDATE: More that 100 participants enjoyed wonderful weather at this event.

“All Wheels Welcome” will be held on July 19, 2009 from 8:30am – Noon. It will take place on the  Baltimore/Annapolis Trail, which was an old railroad line that ran from Baltimore to Annapolis and has been since changed over to a paved trail. It is well marked, safe, and shaded. We invite patients, survivors, employees, friends, and family to attend and use any wheels necessary to participate. We hope to see a variety of wheels ranging from wheelchairs to wagons to bikes to rollerblades. Participants may also walk or run if they like.

Deadline for pre-registration is July 6, 2009. To learn more, view the event flyer.

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