Be A Superhero: Team Sarcoma 5K
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Waco, TX, USA
Our 2nd Annual 5K was a great success. Walk-up registration was lower than predicted due to the forecasted triple-digit heat, but we still had a crowd of about 250 participants and volunteers. The event raised $10,300 after expenses!
The Waco community was especially generous this year, allowing us to raise more money than our inaugural year even without as many runners. Our last push for donations at the end of the event proved especially successful, giving us the boost to pass the previous mark.
A superhero-themed costume contest was held for all participants who chose to dress-up as their heroes during the races. Awards were given to the top three male and female finishers in each age bracket of the 5K, as well as to the over-all top three winners of the 5K.
The highlight of the race was once again our 1K fun run. Both children and adults loved our incredible cast of superheroes, including the likes of Superman, Batman, Spiderman and the Green Lantern.
The first “Be A Superhero” 5K was held in honor of Andrew Moore, a local nine-year old who was, at the time, fighting his own courageous battle against a sarcoma cancer, which included multiple surgeries and almost a full year of aggressive chemotherapy treatment. The event hosted more than 350 participants from across the state of Texas, and raised more than $10,000 towards sarcoma cancer research grants. Today, Andrew is doing extraordinarily well.
3rd Annual Sarcoma Awareness Walk and BBQ
Friday, July 23rd at 6:00pm
San Antonio, Texas
More than 170 people joined us for our 3rd Annual Sarcoma Awareness Walk and BBQ. More than $2,000 was raised to help fund sarcoma research and to help sarcoma patients at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Bill Dunlop’s Healing Hearts for Angiosarcoma Walk n Shop
Cedar Hill, Texas
July 17, 2010
The town of Cedar Hill (right outside Dallas) was abuzz with excitement as more than 50 people gathered for the first annual Walk n Shop in memory of resident Bill Dunlop. At 7:00am the sun had already warmed the Uptown Village shopping center to nearly 90, but the trail of supporters happily marched around the village and through the interior to see all of the participating retailers.
After the walk, supporters cooled down and began to support the cause by shopping! Retailers like The Sample Shop, All About Girls and several others displayed the Healing Hearts and Team Sarcoma logo throughout the weekend. A percentage of sales will be donated back to the cause!
Everyone felt Bill’s smile shining down on them as they fulfilled his dream of raising awareness and research funds for the rare Angiosarcoma. This event raised money for the Bill Dunlop Memorial Fund, which is to benefit Dr. Michael Reardon’s research of Angiosarcomas of the Heart in the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center.
Beat the Heat…..Stop, Shop, and Skate for Sarcoma Awareness
Saturday, July 24th at 8:00am
M. D. Anderson Cance Center and the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation joined forces again this year for a very successful Team Sacoma event in Houston, Texas. The event was held indoors at the Galleria shopping mall due to the Houston July weather . . . i.e. HOT!!!
At 8:00 a.m. participants began gathering by the ice rink in the mall for breakfast and to pick up their T-shirts. After a group photo — taken by a sarcoma survivor — we began a walk around the mall, stopping a various points for brief talks by several doctors and sarcoma researchers from M D Anderson. We were joined on our walk by CHA-CHA, the mascot of the Rainforest Cafe!
Afterwards many of the participants took advantage of the location to patronize many of the stores and restaurants that supported our cause with advertising and coupons. We received numerous inquiries from bystanders about sarcoma and our event, fulfilling our goal to spread awareness about sarcoma. A great time was had by all, and we are looking forward to an even GREATER event next year!
Be a Superhero: Team Sarcoma 5k
A 5k run, 5k walk, and a 1k fun run
July 18, 2009 in Waco, Texas
Learn about this event on video! The event was a huge success. We were nearly overwhelmed with a turnout of about 350 people, 150 of which came as walk up registrations. The races ran smoothly, and everyone had a blast. About $9,700 was raised for sarcoma research through the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.
A Report from Benjamin: The real event started at 6 am, when all of the workers showed up and starting setting up the race site, water station, timing system, etc. Around 7, people began to show up and, the flood of walk-up registrants didn’t stop until about 5 minutes before Andrew (my younger brother, whom the race was held in honor of) started the race. The most emotional part of the race for me was the actual start. More than 250 people taking off in unison to eradicate that which has affected my family so much over the last year was an awe-inspiring sight.
The 1k fun run was a blast. Lead by Superman, the Flash, Captain America, and Batman, the race was fun and energetic. At first leading the race, the superheroes turned around after finishing and helped motivate every one who hadn’t finished. No one could help but smile; the race had an unbelievable atmosphere of hope. Even the weather, which had been breaking 100 degrees all week, was on our side, with temperature barely breaking 90 (The superheroes disagree with this… of course, they were masked and covered in fake muscle padding.).
Overall, the event was a huge success. We loved planning it, and seeing everything and everyone come together was an experience we will never forget.
“Saddle Up for Sarcoma Awareness”
July 18, 2009, in Spring, Texas
The Sarcoma Research Center at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center along with the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation hosted their Annual Team Sarcoma Initiative entitled “Saddle Up for Sarcoma Awareness” on Saturday, July 18, 2009. The event was held at Pundt Park in Spring, TX, just north of Intercontinental Airport. The park featured walking trails, horse trails, birds, two lakes, and a beautiful while sand beach on the creek. We had approximately 10 horses that rode on the horse trail, and the rest of the team followed the miniature horse and cart on the walking trail. The children enjoyed riding on the miniature horse cart and playing on the playground.
This year we had approximately 70 participants. The planned events included the hike, a team photo, lunch, and a speech from Missy Amschwand and Dr. Raphael Pollock extending their appreciation to those that coordinated the event, and also the many that traveled long distances to gather in support of this meaningful event.
At the conclusion of Missy Amschwand’s words of appreciation and encouragement, everyone joined at
the pavilion for a nice relaxing bar-b-que lunch. The participants then enjoyed fellowshipping with others as the event came to an end.
We would like to personally thank the following individuals for their assistance in making this event so successful: Sonia Hennessy, Paul Cuevas, Millette Deville, Margaret Ling, and Missy Amschwand.
We look forward to next year’s Sarcoma Awareness week, and we hope that many of those who joined us this year will consider serving on the planning committee in the upcoming year as we begin the preparation and coordination of the 2010 Sarcoma Initiative.
If you are interested in joining the planning committee next year, please contact Sonia Hennessy.