1st Annual Adrianne Pfeiffer Memorial Golf Tournament
Friday, July 23rd
About 120 people joined us for a fun day of golfing, eating, and visiting. The morning started out with driving rain, but by noon the sun was shining. A hot dog lunch was followed by the tournament, and the day ended with a dinner and awards ceremony. There were more than 30 raffle prizes, and awards were presented for the longest drive, first and last places.
The event helped to increase public awareness of MMMT and raised funds to support research on this rare and dangerous cancer. Malignant Mixed Müllerian tumor (MMMT) is a mixture of carcinoma and sarcoma cells and usually occurs in the uterus. The funds we raised will be used by the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative to support MMMT research.
Keepin’ it Kevin: KIK Sarcoma
Team Sarcoma Bike, Walk and Run
July 17th at 10:00 a.m.
East Petersburg, Pennsylvania
Saturday morning at 10 am we kicked off the first ever Keepin’ it Kevin Team Sarcoma event in Central Pennsylvania. With not a cloud in the sky, and cool breezes to beat the humidity, roughly 70 people turned out to bike, walk and run in two separate courses (a 1.5 mile, and a 5.5 mile) throughout the borough of East Petersburg, Pennsylvania.
One participant reported on the Team Sarcoma site, “The weather was great, but I was even more impressed with the organization of the event! It was terrific and went incredibly well!”
Keepin’ it Kevin volunteers were happy to support patients and families of sarcoma patients, to join together to raise awareness in the community, and to raise money towards sarcoma research. Before expenses, $5,000 was raised, not counting the additional donations that are forthcoming.
We are SUPER HAPPY with our first ever Team Sarcoma Event, and even happier to keep the spirit of the late Kevin Boitson alive through our community. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated! The sarcoma survivors that attended were especially excited for a local event and look forward to planning more in the future!
This event is was held in honor of the late Kevin Edward Boitson who fought against Angiosarcoma and passed on 10/28/08.
Cookies for the Cure…
Sarcoma Awareness Bake Sale & Educational Event
Thursday, July 22nd
About 50 people joined in our first bake sale, which was a great success! There were all kinds of baked goods: breakfast breads, blueberry bars, muffins, and of course lots of cookies. Things were being sold as soon as they were put on the table, and before the official end time everything was sold out! The educational event in the evening (our third annual one) was as popular as ever. This time, we even had a sarcoma quiz including plush teddy bears as prizes for everyone who got anything right (well, everyone did!). The talks were very informative (as always) and very well received. There were lots of important questions to be addressed during the panel discussion. We are looking forward to next year’s event.
BMF Team Sarcoma at the Altoona Curve
July 25th at 6:00pm
In recognition of International Sarcoma Awareness Week, the BMF attended an Altoona Curve baseball game and distributed information about sarcoma and the Brian Morden Foundation. There were 160 participants who raised $260 and reached many people with information about sarcoma!
“Sarcoma. Teaming up for the challenge”
Monday, August 3rd at 5:30 p.m.
On Monday, August 3, Hillman Cancer Center hosted an educational event to discuss advances in the diagnosis, treatment and research of sarcomas. Drs. Tawbi, McGough and Vyas gave informative and inspirational talks about sarcoma, its surgical treatment, and pediatric sarcomas. Dr. Duensing discussed research as the key to finding new treatment options. The important work of Team Sarcoma and the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative was introduced, and participants were proud to join with more than 15,000 people worldwide in wearing “Sarcoma knows no borders” wristbands.
Dr. Tawbi also introduced UPCI’s new Sarcoma Specialty Care Center, which is a major accomplishment for Pittsburgh. Furthermore, Kay Lowmaster, a social worker, is in the process of starting up a local sarcoma support group, and she gave a brief introduction of her efforts. The meeting ended with a very active Q&A session, and participants went on to mingle and chat until about 8:30pm.
We would like to deeply thank our organizing team: Lynda Tunon, Cindy Valko and Lisa Pilarski, who all did an outstanding job. Without them this event would not have been possible.
[Due to scheduling issues, this Team Sarcoma event is being held outside of the International Sarcoma Awareness Week.]
The Organizing Team
BMF Sarcoma Fundraiser
Tuesday, July 21st from 11:00 a.m. to Midnight
UPDATE: 65 people took part in this event.
Join the Brian Morden Foundation and more than 8,000 people worldwide as we meet at TGI Fridays (Route 220 & Planke Rd) on Tuesday, July 21st, to support the International Sarcoma Awareness Week. You’ll be able to dine on delicious food and receive information about the Brian Morden Foundation and the Team Sarcoma Initiative. Twenty percent of your guest check will be donated to the Brian Morden Foundation to help support Ewing’s sarcoma research efforts.
- For more information, call (814)946-9369 or email Dawn.