Wendy Walk – Supporting Sarcoma Research & Education http://wendywalk.org Walking with Strength, Courage and Hope for the Cure to Rare Sarcoma Cancers Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:59:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Wendy Walk NYC 2018 http://wendywalk.org/wendy-walk-nyc-2018/ Wed, 09 May 2018 16:02:14 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4213 New York, you came together to raise over $75,000 for sarcoma research! We’re so grateful. The grants we fund at Wendy Walk directly impact the reality of a sarcoma diagnosis — and it’s all thanks to you. We know that, with your continued support, we can find a cure. We welcomed Dr. David S. Geller of the Montefiore Medical Center at the Walk. The funds we raise help fulfill research grants for top medical professionals like Dr. Geller, who are dedicated to finding a cure for sarcoma. We are so honored to have our friend Jana Schottenstein chair the event for the second year[...]

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New York, you came together to raise over $75,000 for sarcoma research! We’re so grateful. The grants we fund at Wendy Walk directly impact the reality of a sarcoma diagnosis — and it’s all thanks to you. We know that, with your continued support, we can find a cure.

Wendy Walk NYC Sponsors

We welcomed Dr. David S. Geller of the Montefiore Medical Center at the Walk. The funds we raise help fulfill research grants for top medical professionals like Dr. Geller, who are dedicated to finding a cure for sarcoma.

Wendy Walk NYC Chair Jana Schottenstein

We are so honored to have our friend Jana Schottenstein chair the event for the second year in a row. She has gone above and beyond to advance the mission of Wendy Walk. Thank you, Jana!

I Can't Walk... But I Wendy Walk

Help us spread the word about Wendy Walk to ensure that no one with this rare disease has to feel alone. Don’t forget to show us how you #WendyWalk by tagging us on social media!

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Wendy Walk Miami 2018 http://wendywalk.org/wendy-walk-miami-2018/ Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:20:40 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4206 We’re so grateful for you, Miami! You came together to raise over $50,000! The grants we fund at Wendy Walk directly advance sarcoma research — and it’s all thanks to you. We are determined that, with your continued support, we can change the reality of a sarcoma diagnosis. We welcomed Dr. Jonathan Trent of the Sylvester Cancer Center and Dr. W. Gregory Sawyer of the University of Florida at the Walk. The funds we raise help fulfill research grants for top medical professionals like these, who are dedicated to finding a cure for sarcoma. Every year we award the Purple Shoe[...]

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We’re so grateful for you, Miami! You came together to raise over $50,000! The grants we fund at Wendy Walk directly advance sarcoma research — and it’s all thanks to you. We are determined that, with your continued support, we can change the reality of a sarcoma diagnosis.

Dr. Trent at Wendy Walk Miami

We welcomed Dr. Jonathan Trent of the Sylvester Cancer Center and Dr. W. Gregory Sawyer of the University of Florida at the Walk. The funds we raise help fulfill research grants for top medical professionals like these, who are dedicated to finding a cure for sarcoma.

Gene Brito Receives the Purple Shoe Award

Every year we award the Purple Shoe to select individuals who have gone above and beyond to advance the mission of Wendy Walk. We were thrilled to include Ben Geffon, Geane Brito, and the Gould Family in this year’s recipients.

Wendy Walk

Help us spread the word about Wendy Walk to ensure that no one with this rare disease has to feel alone. Click here to view photos from this year’s event. Don’t forget to show us how you #WendyWalk by tagging us on social media!

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Here Comes Wendy Walk NYC! May 6, 2018 – Register Now! http://wendywalk.org/less-one-week-wendy-walk-miami/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:17:54 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4178 Our Miami Wendy Walk this past weekend was a great success and now we’re onto New York City!  Tavern on the Green in Central Park, starting at 10:30 am Sunday, May 6th!  Snag your tickets now so you don’t miss out on this fun and worthwhile event in support of Wendy Walk.  Enjoy a beautiful walk around Central Park and a continental brunch at Tavern. The day includes raffles, merchandise and lots of fun! You can also click the same link below to donate if you can’t make it but want to help. Click here to register!

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Our Miami Wendy Walk this past weekend was a great success and now we’re onto New York City!  Tavern on the Green in Central Park, starting at 10:30 am Sunday, May 6th!  Snag your tickets now so you don’t miss out on this fun and worthwhile event in support of Wendy Walk.  Enjoy a beautiful walk around Central Park and a continental brunch at Tavern. The day includes raffles, merchandise and lots of fun!

You can also click the same link below to donate if you can’t make it but want to help.

Click here to register!

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Wendy Walk 2018 Dates Set – Register Now! http://wendywalk.org/wendy-walk-2018-dates-set-register-now/ Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:55:19 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4171 It’s Wendy Walk season!  Our 9th Annual Wendy Walk dates are set, registration is up and running and we hope to see everyone there!  Miami was amazing and next up is New York City on Sunday, May 6th, at 10:30 am at Tavern on the Green!  And, finally, Los Angeles bows on June 24th at 10:00 am at Hotel Casa del Mar.  Each event features a great casual walk, food and fun! Click here to register for New York City. Click here to register for Los Angeles. You can also go to any of these links to make a donation[...]

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It’s Wendy Walk season!  Our 9th Annual Wendy Walk dates are set, registration is up and running and we hope to see everyone there!  Miami was amazing and next up is New York City on Sunday, May 6th, at 10:30 am at Tavern on the Green!  And, finally, Los Angeles bows on June 24th at 10:00 am at Hotel Casa del Mar.  Each event features a great casual walk, food and fun!

Click here to register for New York City.

Click here to register for Los Angeles.

You can also go to any of these links to make a donation even if you can’t attend!  We appreciate all the support!

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Create your own GivingGrid and Fundraise for Wendy Walk! It’s Easy! http://wendywalk.org/create-givinggrid-fundraise-wendy-walk-easy/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 22:41:18 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4188 Help fundraise for Wendy Walk by creating your own GivingGrid!  We’ve done all the work.  You just have to tweak it and you’re on your way.  Share it with your friends, relatives and co-workers.  They can pick a square, upload a photo and make a donation! Click here to get started!

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Help fundraise for Wendy Walk by creating your own GivingGrid!  We’ve done all the work.  You just have to tweak it and you’re on your way.  Share it with your friends, relatives and co-workers.  They can pick a square, upload a photo and make a donation!

Click here to get started!

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Cooking with Cancer: Holly Clegg’s Easy Watermelon Tomato Salad http://wendywalk.org/cooking-with-cancer-holly-cleggs-easy-watermelon-tomato-salad/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 01:59:27 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4073 Spring is in the air and nothing says spring like a ripe, juicy watermelon. Eating Well Through Cancer author, Holly Clegg, shared her go-to spring 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[...]

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Spring is in the air and nothing says spring like a ripe, juicy watermelon. Eating Well Through Cancer author, Holly Clegg, shared her go-to spring 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.

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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 onion

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Salt to taste

Directions: In bowl, combine watermelon, onion, tomatoes and basil.  Whisk together oil and vinegar, toss with salad.  Season to taste.  Serve immediately or same day.

Terrific Tip: Perfect way to use leftover watermelon that sits in the refrigerator.

Holly Clegg guarantees delicious food with a southern influence on her blog, Healthy Cooking with Holly. She uses everyday ingredients to make healthy cooking – with cancer – simple.

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How to cope with a cancer diagnosis http://wendywalk.org/cope-cancer-diagnosis/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 01:00:26 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4161 Each person copes with cancer in their own way, but these tips may help.

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Most people need time to adjust to the fact that they have cancer. There is no right or wrong way to feel during this time. Shock, fear, anger, disbelief — all of these emotions are normal and can make it even more difficult to fully comprehend the medical information shared by your cancer care team. Take time to digest your diagnosis and familiarize yourself with treatment options. Each person copes with cancer in their own way, but the following tips may help:

1. Learn, learn, learn. Learn as much as you possibly can about your cancer and treatment options. Some people find that this gives them a sense of control over what is happening to their body. It also helps them understand their cancer and treatment options as fully as possible.

2. Focus on the things you can control. It’s normal to grieve over how your life has changed. It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, or uncertain. You cannot control how you feel, but expressing those feelings can help you feel more in control versus feeling overwhelmed by these emotions. Talk with trusted friends or relatives, keep a private journal, or even express yourself through a creative outlet.

3. Take care of yourself. Take time for you every single day. Spend time with a friend, cook your favorite meal, or do something else you really enjoy. If you feel up to it (and your doctor says its okay) get some light exercise in to help you feel better.

4. Reach out. There will be times when staying strong is hard and things feel overwhelming. You don’t have to have it together all the time. Try to widen your circle. Reach out to friends, family, or support organizations to help yourself feel less alone. They’ll be there to share your triumphs and tribulations every step of the way.

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Sarcoma Survivors: Janice’s Story http://wendywalk.org/sarcoma-survivors-janices-story/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:38:00 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4152 After a summer of healthy eating and exercise, Janice was on the road to better health when she noticed a small lump in her lower left abdomen. She assumed it was scar tissue from a past surgery, but decided to see her doctor six months later after it had grown to the size of a baseball. Shortly after undergoing surgery to remove what her doctors thought was a hernia, Janice found out she had cancer. Specifically, it was a malignant solitary fibrous tumor, a form of soft tissue sarcoma. Janice was 39-years-old when she was diagnosed. “I had never heard[...]

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After a summer of healthy eating and exercise, Janice was on the road to better health when she noticed a small lump in her lower left abdomen. She assumed it was scar tissue from a past surgery, but decided to see her doctor six months later after it had grown to the size of a baseball. Shortly after undergoing surgery to remove what her doctors thought was a hernia, Janice found out she had cancer. Specifically, it was a malignant solitary fibrous tumor, a form of soft tissue sarcoma. Janice was 39-years-old when she was diagnosed.

“I had never heard of sarcoma before that day,” said Janice. “The word ‘cancer’ never came up as a possibility in any of my initial conversations with my doctors until I received the diagnosis. I was completely blindsided…” Sarcoma remains an unknown cancer to many. In fact, it is often known as “the forgotten cancer.”

Soft tissue sarcoma (STS) is among the most distinct and complex types of cancer. It has more than 50 histological subtypes that arise from connective tissues of the body, including muscle, tendons, fat, lymph vessels, blood vessels, nerves and tissue around joints. The tumors form most often in the arms, legs, chest or abdomen, though they can be found anywhere in the body.

Sarcoma is considered a rare disease; it comprises approximately 1% of all adult cancers diagnosed. Given the rarity and complexity of this cancer, diagnosis can be especially challenging.

Due to her specific subtype of sarcoma, Janice’s doctors recommended radiation. After seven weeks of treatment and months of recovery, Janice has been in remission since May 2015.

We learned about Janice’s story via RTN Online.

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Aftercare in Sarcoma: One Size Does Not Fit All http://wendywalk.org/aftercare-sarcoma-one-size-not-fit/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:05 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4149 An analysis of more than 800 patients found that the one-size-fits-all approach to “aftercare” for localized soft tissue sarcoma is misguided. Local recurrence and distant metastasis occur in a non-constant fashion in the years after treatment, and a time- and risk-adapted strategy for aftercare is warranted. “Aftercare is something that we all do every day in our clinical work,” said Florian Posch, MD, MSc, of the Medical University of Graz in Austria. Because there is no established standard-of-care for soft-tissue sarcoma aftercare, Posch and colleagues conducted a study with the hypothesis that “the rate is much more informative than the[...]

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An analysis of more than 800 patients found that the one-size-fits-all approach to “aftercare” for localized soft tissue sarcoma is misguided. Local recurrence and distant metastasis occur in a non-constant fashion in the years after treatment, and a time- and risk-adapted strategy for aftercare is warranted.

“Aftercare is something that we all do every day in our clinical work,” said Florian Posch, MD, MSc, of the Medical University of Graz in Austria. Because there is no established standard-of-care for soft-tissue sarcoma aftercare, Posch and colleagues conducted a study with the hypothesis that “the rate is much more informative than the risk” when it comes to recurrence or metastasis; in other words, though there may be a certain percentage risk of recurrence over 5 years, [and] understanding when those events tend to occur is more useful for patients.

[Posch’s] study included 835 soft-tissue sarcoma patients who were treated with surgery with curative intent between 1994 and 2016… Over a 5.4-year median follow-up period, there were 107 local recurrences and 179 occurrences of distant metastases. The timing of these events was highly “non-constant” over the follow-up period, with both exhibiting substantial peaks at around 1 year following surgery. Posch said this suggests the need for intense aftercare involving clinical surveillance and imaging particularly in this period.

Grade 1 tumors had the lowest post-surgery peak for local recurrence, while grades 2 and 3 showed similar rates… Distant metastases were far more frequent in grade 3 tumors than in grade 2 or 1 tumors.

“There is not much happening after 5 years, which suggests you could safely discontinue aftercare after that” in some patients, Posch said. In general, these results could lead to a more standardized approach to aftercare in these patients, with a far more granular look than by simply using cumulative risks. “We need special protocols for special subsets of patients,” Posch said.

Read full article via Cancer Network.

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Cooking with Cancer: Holly Clegg’s Chicken Tortilla Soup http://wendywalk.org/cooking-with-cancer-holly-cleggs-chicken-tortilla-soup/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:37:25 +0000 http://wendywalk.org/?p=4136 Looking for a last-minute meal? Easy and satisfying, this one-pot soup fulfills the craving for a terrific homemade dish. Holly Clegg’s Chicken Tortilla Soup Makes 8 (1-cup) servings Ingredients: 1 onion, chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 3 corn tortillas, cut into small pieces 5 cups fat-free chicken broth, divided 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 2 cups shredded skinless rotisserie chicken breast 1 cup frozen corn 1 (4-ounce) can green chilies 1 cup red enchilada sauce Directions: In large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion, garlic, and[...]

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Looking for a last-minute meal? Easy and satisfying, this one-pot soup fulfills the craving for a terrific homemade dish.

Holly Clegg’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

Holly Clegg’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

Makes 8 (1-cup) servings

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

3 corn tortillas, cut into small pieces

5 cups fat-free chicken broth, divided

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

2 cups shredded skinless rotisserie chicken breast

1 cup frozen corn

1 (4-ounce) can green chilies

1 cup red enchilada sauce

Directions:

In large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion, garlic, and bell pepper until tender. Add tortillas and about 1 cup chicken broth, stirring until tortillas are soft and blend into soup

Add remaining chicken broth and remaining ingredients. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

Terrific Tip: Using corn tortillas in the soup thickens it and adds tons of flavor. Serve soup with chopped green onion, cheese, avocado, and tortilla strips. 

Tortilla Strips

Make tortilla strips while soup is cooking.

Ingredients:

6  8-inch flour or corn tortillas

Directions:

Preheat oven 350°F. Coat baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut tortillas into thin strips. Spread on prepared pan and bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Keep strips in zip lock bags.

Terrific Tip: Use kitchen scissors to easily cut tortillas strips.

Holly Clegg guarantees delicious food with a southern influence on her blog, Healthy Cooking with Holly. She uses everyday ingredients to make healthy cooking – with cancer – simple.

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