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Walking with Strength, Courage and Hope for the Cure to Rare Sarcoma Cancers
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Wendy Walk Q+A: Kerry Hamilton
Birmingham, UK resident Kerry Hamilton opened up to us about her ongoing battle with Leiomyosarcoma. Tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is Kerry. I work as a territory sales manager for a spectacle company, which I absolutely love. I’m a naturally positive person with a great family and a super special group of friends. I like to get the best out of every situation… and to laugh a good laugh. I’m also a tomboy who loves getting outdoors with my rescue dog, Lady, and also enjoys the occasional chance to get glammed up for a night out[...]
Wendy Walk Q+A: Peri Gilpin
Actress and advocate for sarcoma awareness Peri Gilpin opened up to us about her mother’s battle with Leiomyosarcoma and her experience with Wendy Walk. How did you first become aware of sarcoma cancer? I am not sure… I learned that my mother had cancer in November of 1983 a couple of days before her 42nd birthday. It was several years later that I realized it was a sarcoma cancer. What kind of sarcoma was your mom diagnosed with? My mother was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma. She was told it started in the wall of her uterus and metastasized by her hysterectomy. Where[...]
The 4th annual Swing & Strut for Sarcoma in honor of Mickey Stachel, who passed away from sarcoma in 2012, surpassed 100 participants for the first time in the event’s history. Every year this event serves as a means to raise awareness of sarcoma and funds for research of this rare, aggressive form of cancer. It’s also a celebration of Mickey – his kindness, humor, generosity, and caring nature. This year the Swing & Strut for Sarcoma raised over $11,000. Proceeds will support a grant to research immunotherapy, an innovative cancer treatment approach, at Stanford University. We are grateful that Mickey’s life continues[...]
Sarcoma Survivors: Diana’s Story
Diana’s Story I was working as an ER nurse, and life was going quite smoothly for me and my family. One morning, as I was getting out of bed, my hand happened to brush against an unfamiliar lump on the side of my left leg, just 4 inches above the knee. It was painless, about half the size of a Silly Putty egg, and was easy to wiggle around. It seemed to have come out of nowhere. Alarmed, I called my doctor and got in to her office that morning to get it checked out. She examined it, and said,[...]
Cooking with Cancer: Holly Clegg’s Easy Watermelon Tomato Salad
Nothing is better than a ripe, juicy watermelon. Eating Well Through Cancer author, Holly Clegg, shared her go-to summer salad recipe with us. Complete with fresh tomatoes, basil, and watermelon, this salad is light, simple, and packed with antioxidants. Water accounts for over 90% of watermelon’s weight, but this fruit is rich in potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It’s also an incredible source of lycopene, an antioxidant known to help reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Holly Clegg’s Easy Watermelon Tomato Salad Makes 10 (1/2-cup) servings Ingredients: 4 cups scooped out watermelon balls or chunks 1/2 cup chopped red[...]
Sarcoma Survivor: Cheryl Fox
“The scariest thing doctors have ever told me? Probably that this just keeps recurring… There really is no cure” – Cheryl Fox Sarcoma survivor Cheryl Fox opens up about her liposarcoma diagnosis, treatment, and staying strong – both emotionally and physically. “Wendy Walk means a sense of community, a sense of support… They’re there, their heart’s in the right place, and [it’s] all about helping people.”
Wendy Walk 2017: An Overview
More than 1,000 individuals – including patients and survivors – gathered in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles to raise awareness of sarcoma and funds to support research to find a cure for this rare, aggressive form of cancer that impacted the life of Wendy Landes. The Wendy Walk Foundation has raised over $3.65 million to date. From coast to coast, togetherness was a prevalent theme at each of this year’s Wendy Walks. Whether led by a survivor or walking in memory of a loved one, teams showed up in droves. Keynote speakers included Dr. Jonathan Trent of the Sylvester Cancer Center in[...]
Ideal Woman Highlights the Wendy Walk
Wendy Walk is pleased to partner with local Los Angeles artist, Allie Pohl, on her Ideal Woman project. Read Ali Landes’ Ideal Woman interview here.
Mom and Daughter Duo are All-Star Wendy Walk Volunteers
Wendy Walk thrives because of our dedicated volunteers. Many of our volunteers have been connected to the cause since the beginning. We wanted to tell you about Carrie and Lauren Pollare a mother/daughter team from Pacific Palisades who have helped to manage and expand Wendy Walk since it started. When Wendy Landes and her family moved to Pacific Palisades in 1994 Carrie Pollare welcomed Wendy into the community, and Lauren Pollare (Carrie’s 8 year old daughter) became best friends with Wendy’s daughter Ali. Ali and Wendy remained close with Lauren and Carrie throughout elementary school, middle school and college. When[...]
Hopeful Sarcoma Stories
When you hear the words “It’s Sarcoma” so many emotions and thoughts run through your head. I know for my family we did not even understand what that meant. So of course we turned to google, which failed to provide us with any hope. We were desperate for positive stories. We were desperate to know who was living long happy lives with Sarcoma. We needed optimistic stories. In order for our family to grapple with the diagnosis we needed to know that there were people beating this disease and living their lives. Women like Diane Walter and Teresa Bell were inspirations to my mom. She loved seeing them[...]