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 / New Jersey – Cape May

Sandcastles for Sarcoma
Sunday July 25th at 9:00am
Cape May, New Jersey

This event was fantastic! We had a bright sunny day, perfect for sandcastle building. Eighteen teams built amazing sandcastles for three hours on the beach in Cape May, New Jersey.  There were over 100 people participating and volunteering for the event, which raised more than $5,000 for sarcoma research and increased awareness of sarcoma! We hope to do it again next year and hope to make it bigger and bigger.

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2010 Team Sarcoma / PSSRF Walk, Run or Cycle

Sunday, July 18, 2010 (Rain or Shine!)
West Deptford, New Jersey

This year, the Peter Skelton Sarcoma Research Foundation and the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, in conjunction with the Team Sarcoma Initiative, hosted the most successful “PSSRF Team Sarcoma Walk, Run or Cycle” yet.  There were 281 participants and volunteers total,and the event raised more than $17,000! The weather was extremely hot, in the 90’s, but everyone was safe and sound. Lots of water, food and entertainment were provided.

This year’s proceeds benefit the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative and the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. A picture slideshow is available to view!

PSSRF Walk, Run or Cycle

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2009 Team Sarcoma / PSSRF Walk, Run or Cycle

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2009 Team Sarcoma / PSSRF Walk, Run or CycleSunday, July 19, 2009
West Deptford, NJ

UPDATE: There were 168 participants at this event!

The Peter Skelton Sarcoma Research Foundation and the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, in conjunction with the Team Sarcoma Initiative, will host its third PSSRF Team Sarcoma Walk, Run or Cycle.  Lots of fruit, water and pretzels will be on hand as well as t-shirts, bracelets and many staff, patients, family & friends.

Cycling will begin at 7:30; the walk will start at 8:30, and the run will start at 9:00.

The registration fee is $25 (pre) and $30 same-day. Registration is available now! Visit  www.sarcomaps.org for more information.

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2008 Team Sarcoma / New Jersey – Basking Ridge

Report: On Saturday July 19, 2008, twenty cyclists joined the Team Sarcoma New Jersey Bike Ride in Morristown, NJ. Organized by Tom Swartz, the ride brought together two sarcoma survivors, and the family and friends of other sarcoma patients, or those lost to sarcoma. The ride kicked off with all cyclists riding through the forested Loantaka Brook Reservation. After four miles the riders separated into two groups, one group cycling a 30 mile route, and one group cycling a 16 mile route. The 16 mile riders were treated to a hidden treasure of country roads in New Jersey. The 30 mile riders cycled around the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, and making a stop at the Raptor Trust – a sanctuary for large birds (hawks, eagles, owls, vultures). All riders met back at the Loantaka Brook Reservation for a picnic lunch.

Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the ride. Liddy Shriver, Tom’s spouse, cycled some of these same roads before succumbing to Ewing’s sarcoma in January 2004. Liddy would have been very pleased that a great group of people cycled together, her favorite thing to do.

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2008 Team Sarcoma/ Peter Skelton Sarcoma Research Foundation

Report: Our 2nd annual Team Sarcoma event was held July 20, 2008 at RiverWinds in Thorofare New Jersey. We had 115 participants. A group from North Jersey, Union, drove two hours to join us. We had 3 survivors this year; Kristine Walinski, Patricia Dempsey and Jeff Mortimer as well as the parent of another who could not attend. Three of these survivors are being treated at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. Proceeds this year benefit them as well as the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.

We started the morning with fruit donated by Albert’s Organics and distributed t-shirts sponsored by Steven Anuszewski, Financial Planner, Woodbury New Jersey. After the walk, run we enjoyed some pretzels donated by Ellen Reese and of course water the entire morning partially donated by Shop Rite of West Deptford and myself. It was a wonderful event with our survivors spending time with each other and too many of us honoring those we have lost to sarcoma.

This is our inspiration: To see that those who suffer now and in the future get a chance at survival. There has to be earlier detection, true treatments and the knowledge of what is causing this. The more we get the word out, the more people are coming forward with so many different types of sarcoma that it should not be considered a “forgotten cancer”. The statistics, I feel, are not true. There are way more people affected by this than the facts are stating. We will continue to work towards our goal, never giving up or forgetting.

There is no way we would miss next year, or the year after etc…. We look forward to being a part of this initiative for a very long time!

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