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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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[...]
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[...]
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[...]