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Team Sarcoma

Team Sarcoma is a global, grass-roots movement of individuals, families, communities and organizations working to support sarcoma research. Those who join Team Sarcoma believe that funding research on sarcomas is vital to saving and improving the lives of thousands of people, both now and in the future.

Join the Movement!

Represent Team Sarcoma in a marathon or race, and raise funds for sarcoma research at the same time! You can create your own page at SarcomaHelp.org and invite all of your friends to donate to research in support of your efforts. Want to participate in someone's honor? We can help you create a page that honors your friend and describes your effort. Take a look at the page Gretchen created in memory of her friend, Beth.

Plan an event and do something hopeful in the face of a difficult disease! As the leader of your event, you choose an activity based on your interests and the interests within your community. We provide you with support and guidance, including literature, graphics, online promotion of your event, and an article about the success of your event! Learn more and get ideas in our events section.

Work with us to fund sarcoma research. When your organization or charitable foundation funds research through our Research Grants Program, we publicize your efforts and events in our social networks, web pages, press releases and grant announcements. Together, we can make a difference! Read about the incredible achievements of a few of our partners: Fishin' for the Cure, the Jordan Paganelli Foundation, Strike Out Sarcoma and the Wendy Walk.

Why Team Sarcoma?

Four Reasons to Join Team Sarcoma

You choose the name of your effort and everything else about it, and let us know how we can help you succeed.

You choose what kind of research to support.

At least 95% of your funds are used for actual research costs, not salaries or administrative expenses.

The promising study that you support will be thoroughly planned out and peer-reviewed. A complete report of the study's results will be published in ESUN.

Sarcomas affect thousands of people around the world; yet they are rare cancers that receive limited research funding. Sarcomas are not fully understood, and this makes them difficult to treat. Even though the need for research is great, most cancer research funds are used for the more well-known cancers.

The good news is that people affected by sarcoma can make a significant impact by choosing to advocate for sarcoma-specific research! Much of the funding for the Initiative's cutting-edge research program has been raised by inspiring families and communities who want to help. By bringing families and communities together in a global effort, Team Sarcoma amplifies every voice, increases sarcoma awareness, and creates lasting supportive connections.

A number of our partners are dedicated to funding research on specific types of sarcomas. This type of focused effort is welcomed, and the Initiative's Research Grants program funds research on as many sarcomas as possible.

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The movement started with seven people...
Biking

When Liddy Shriver and six of her family members and friends mounted their bicycles to ride as "Team Sarcoma" in Louisiana in 2003, they did not know they were starting a global movement. They were simply fulfilling one of Liddy's wishes - a multi-day bike tour to increase sarcoma awareness and to help others dealing with sarcoma.

The group raised $14,000 for sarcoma research that year.

...and grew to 260 people.
Cycling to Conquer Sarcoma

Liddy and her family were soon inspired to ride again, and they invited their friends to ride as "virtual teams" from around the world at the same time. Those events raised an additional $75,000 for sarcoma research in 2003.

For the next two years, Liddy's family and friends continued Team Sarcoma in her memory. The "core team" and "virtual teams" held events around the world at the same time. Their numbers continued to hover at around 260 participants.

...and then thousands of people joined us.
Team Sarcoma

From 2006-2010, the Team Sarcoma Initiative grew exponentially and included more than 50,000 participants. Hundreds of events were held around the world in an annual effort known as "International Sarcoma Awareness Week." The leaders of the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative helped more than 100 charities plan events, and more than $2 million was raised for sarcoma research, support and advocacy.

Today, Team Sarcoma events can achieve more than ever.
Sarcoma Knows No Borders

Since 2010, the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative has worked to expand its world-class Research Grants Program with a focus on international collaboration. Expert volunteers in this program thoroughly review every grant application based on its own merits. As a result, the Initiative is funding some of the most cutting-edge, global collaborative research that has ever been done on sarcomas.

As more researchers step forward with innovative ideas that promise to advance the science and treatment of sarcomas, the Initiative relies on Team Sarcoma events and donations to fund those studies.

Your event, your team is our hope.
Event

Volunteering to host a Team Sarcoma event or representing Team Sarcoma in an event puts you at the core of the grass-roots effort to help people dealing with sarcoma. Team Sarcoma events create a unique atmosphere of caring support. The gatherings become "hope in action" as ordinary people, friends and neighbors work toward a goal together.

Team Sarcoma events and representatives have raised more than $3 million to benefit sarcoma research through the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. Because there are so many types of sarcoma that are not yet understood, there is much more work to be done.

This challenge may be daunting, but the faces of sarcoma, the lives that are changed by sarcoma and lost to sarcoma, inspire us to continue in our mission.

Team Sarcoma Events

Team Sarcoma events have been bringing families and communities together in life-affirming action since the first Team Sarcoma Bike Tour in 2003. These events have raised millions of dollars for sarcoma research and have been covered in the media around the world. Upcoming Team Sarcoma events are listed to the right.

Our champions often choose to represent Team Sarcoma in an event or to plan events of their own. Event options include:

  • picnics, walks and runs
  • bicycle and motorcycle rides, spinning events
  • golf and fishing tournaments
  • skating and dancing events
  • dinners, cocktail evenings, wine tastings and happy hour gatherings
  • rummage sales, silent auctions and retail events

When you let us know you'd like to plan an event, we will talk with you about your personal connection to sarcoma, along with your wishes and creative ideas. We can provide:

  • Literature, graphics and videos for you to use at your event
  • Suggestions and ideas based on our past experience with similar events
  • Tips on communicating and marketing your event
  • "Sarcoma Knows No Borders" bracelets for everyone who makes a $5 donation at your event
  • Promotion of your event on our website, a Champion Page where you can describe your efforts, and a published article after the event that describes your accomplishments
  • Information about our research grants program and tax status, along with guidance about accepting donations

A Few of Our Past Events

Crafts to CureNovember: Casey (11) and Addie (8) have been thinking a lot about their Uncle Jordan as he deals with osteosarcoma. They decided to raise money for osteosarcoma research by creating "Crafts to Cure" in their hometown of Newtown, Connecticut. Their mother writes, "They would do ANYTHING to help cure Jordan...and everyone else with osteosarcoma. They ended up donating about 80% of their proceeds and keeping a small amount to re-stock for their next big sale...which they can't wait for!" The girls contributed $170 to osteosarcoma research. What a thoughtful effort and a reminder that people of all ages can make a difference!

Light the Way to a CureOctober: Jillian Laughlin and her youth group at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, Texas, raised money in celebration of Jillian's father, Tim Laughlin, who has been a warrior against leiomyosarcoma for the past 13 years. The event was called Light the Way to a Cure, and over 250 luminaries filled the church in memory of loved ones affected by cancer. Jillian and her friend Alex Rodriguez designed t-shirts to sell during the event, which was attended by over 350 youths from her church. Jillian, along with the help of her youth director, Brian Lennox, was able to raise increase sarcoma awareness and raise over $2,000 for research for a cure for leiomyosarcoma.

September 28: A Happy Hour event was held in Philadelphia, PA, where $6,000 was raised for clear cell sarcoma research in memory of Steve Byrne.

September 14: The Nick Teddy 'Fight Against Ewing's Sarcoma' 5K was held in Port Byron, Illinois and raised $20,000 for Ewing's sarcoma research!

July 17: Max Ritvo, Andrew Kahn, and Shon Arieh-Lerer presented a Night of Stand-Up Comedy to increase awareness and raise money for Ewing's sarcoma research.

July 15-17: Jim Kern participated in the California Badwater Marathon in memory of David Bradley.

July 14: A casino bus trip in Pennsylvania supported LMS research in memory of Donna Burkhart.

June 29: The JRock-n-Run in Maryland raised money for RMS research in memory of Jordan Paganelli.

June 27-29, 2013: The Alcore Ride 2013 in Wisconsin raised money for sarcoma research in memory of Alison Foerster.

November 2012: Bailey's Celebration
Bailey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in March 2012. In November, her family and friends hosted a party to celebrate the end of chemo. It was a blast, and the kids danced the night away. It also happened to be Bailey's 11th birthday - and what a fun night it turned out to be. Rather than gifts, everyone was encouraged to bring a donation. The event ended up raising about $1890 for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.

October 13: The David Dearinger Memorial 'Swinging for Sarcoma' Golf Outing was held in Florence, Kentucky.

September 29: An Evening of Wine Tasting was held in Landisville, New Jersey, to celebrate the life of Steve Byrne. The event raised $7,500 for clear cell sarcoma research.

September 15: The Nick Teddy 'Fight Against Ewing's Sarcoma' 5K was held in Port Byron, Illinois. More than 450 participants registered for the event, which raised $17,000 for Ewing's sarcoma research!

September 15: Childhood Cancer Awareness Day was held at Los Gatos High School in California. Participants created a beautiful luminary event and raised nearly $2,000 for the Initiative's Grants Program!

June 18: Eat It to Beat It
This fundraiser was created by students Megan, Jessica and Danielle at Glenbard West High School. They raised $1,000 for sarcoma research in four hours at a local frozen yogurt shop!
Hike to Strike Out Sarcoma

May 31: A Hike to Strike Out Sarcoma
This hike was organized by fifth grader Clayton Sumner and raised more than $1,200 for leiomyosarcoma research in honor of Clayton's father.

April - May 2012: The Wendy Walk
The Wendy Walk has raised nearly $1 million for liposarcoma research in just three years! In 2012, three successful walks were held in three cities.

April 20-22: Rummage Sale ~ In Memory of Christie Rufener Campbell
Randolph, Ohio: This special event will benefit sarcoma research in memory of Christie Rufener Campbell. A local sarcoma survivor, Charlie Wise, will be honored at the event. Donation drop-off days will be April 16-19th.

January 29th at 2:30pm: Wendy Walk Spinning Event
New York City: Throughout her battle with cancer, Wendy has found that being active is the best way to keep up her hope and energy. Join us in supporting her by spinning at Flywheel on the Upper East Side. Rides are $40 each, with all proceeds benefiting sarcoma research

January 21st: Bi-Coastal Sarcoma Ride
Lakeland, Florida and North Hollywood, California: Team RAAM Sarcoma will hold simultaneous fund-raising rides on opposite sides of America, a "Coast-to-Coast" effort if you will. The Team will raise money for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative and for the RAAM effort, which they hope will also raise awareness of sarcoma. The RAAM crew chief is currently in an ongoing battle for his life with sarcoma.

January 18th at 7:00pm: Wendy Walk Cocktail Hour
New York City: Join the Wendy Walk Committe in in their efforts to increase sarcoma awareness. A free drink is included with your $20 donation, and there will be $3 drink specials all night. Registration and payment will be accepted at the door of the Magician at 118 Rivington Street in Manhattan.

December 24: Hike for Mike 2011
Phoenix, Arizona: Come and hike with friends of Michael Lio on what would have been his 25th birthday. Hikers will meet at 9050 North 40th Street at 9:30 a.m., and a two hour hike departs at 10:00 a.m. A reception hosted by the Lio family will follow. Donations of $5.00 receive a Strike Out Sarcoma wristband, and donations of $20.00 receive a Strike Out Sarcoma t-shirt. 100% of donations go to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative for Ewing’s sarcoma research in memory of Michael Lio.

December 12: Run for Anna
Sacramento, California: Jennifer Cotter will run in the California International Marathon in memory of her niece, Anna Rogotzke.

December 3-4: 24 Hours of LeMons Race
Buttowillow, California: Melissa and James represented Team Sarcoma in the "24 Hours of LeMons" race. The race is for cars that were purchased, fixed up, and track-prepped for a total of $500 or less. These total pieces of junk race in a 24-hour endurance race, broken up in two days.

Debra HardingOctober 16: Debra Harding ran the TUI Marathon in Mallorca, Spain on October 16, 2011. She ran in memory of her sister, Susan Buys Jordaan, who fought myxofibrosarcoma (MFH at the time) for three years and lost her fight on December 17th, 2004. Debra raised 1000 Euros ($1,289) towards sarcoma research, and she hopes to help families affected by sarcoma in the future.

September 24: Team Sarcoma Keepin' it Kevin - Bike/Walk/Run
East Petersburg, PA: Our hope with our Keepin it Kevin events is to raise awareness and funds to beat this disease and fund new research. Our first event, a bike/walk/run held in East Petersburg in 2010 hosted 80 people and raised $5,000.

September 17: Halfway to St. Patty's Day Happy Hour
Halfway to St. Patty's DayPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania: Many thanks to the 120 people who gathered to have fun and raise money for clear cell sarcoma research in memory of Steve Byrne. This special night included food, music, Irish dancing and an auction. The group raised $6,800 for research!

September 10: The Fourth Annual River Region Open Car and Truck Show was held on September 10, 2011. Four of the major car clubs in the Montgomery region team up for the event. More than $1,000 was raised by the GM High Performance Car Club for sarcoma research in memory of Michael Lio.

August 13: Strike Out Sarcoma Night at Chase Field
Phoenix, Arizona: This event raised $8,000 for sarcoma research and was covered in the local news. Players on both teams wore "Strike Out Sarcoma" wristbands, and more than 200 people attended as a part of the event. Strike out Sarcoma has now raised nearly $90,000 for sarcoma research!

August 6: Be A Hero: Team Sarcoma 5k
Waco, Texas: The 3rd Annual Be A Hero: Team Sarcoma 5K in Waco, Texas was held on August 6, 2011. Involving just more than 240 participants, the Waco and Central Texas communities raised more than $9,100 towards sarcoma cancer research grants. The event once again highlighted by the 1K Family Run which was led by an energetic and fun-loving cast of costumed superheroes. The Be A Hero 5K began in 2009 in honor of Andrew Moore, now age 11, who had been going through surgeries and chemotherapy for a sarcoma cancer. Andrew continues to do well and reminds us that anyone who fights cancer is a true a hero to us all.

 

'Sarcoma Knows No Borders' Bracelets

The mantra of the Team Sarcoma movement is "Sarcoma Knows No Borders." We coined this phrase because sarcomas can occur anywhere in the body and they don’t discriminate on age, gender, race or nationality.

Sarcoma Knows No Borders Bracelets

Thousands of people around the world wear "Sarcoma Knows No Borders" bracelets as a sign of support and solidarity. The background color of the bracelet is a swirl of a pathology slide of a sarcoma patient.

The wrist band is reversible. "Sarcoma Knows No Borders" is printed on one side, and the word "sarcoma" is printed in 13 languages on the other side. Each bracelet is individually packaged. Many boys, girls and teenagers wear them as ankle bracelets.

Request Bracelets

NOTE: Both steps must be completed!

Step 1: Make a donation with the Paypal, a secure payment service. Just click the donate button on the right and then type your donation amount. The suggested donation for each bracelet is $6. At least 5/6 of each donation for bracelets will be used for sarcoma research.

You can then continue making a donation without a paypal account or login to your existing account. Continue to step 2.

Step 2: After your donation is completed, you will receive an e-mail receipt from Paypal. Forward Beverly ([email protected]) a copy of your Paypal receipt and include the number of bracelets you are requesting and the address to which you would like them shipped.

For Bulk Orders, International Orders or Express Shipment

Write to [email protected]. Please include the number of bracelets you are requesting and the address to which you would like them shipped. We normally ship bracelets via US Mail, but if you need them quickly for an event, we can FedEx or UPS them to you. The shipping costs vary depending on how many bracelets you request and the destination and shipping method you request.

Team Sarcoma Store

The Team Sarcoma Store

Our store features several t-shirt designs, as well as buttons, bags, bears, hats, and water bottles. Each item you purchase includes a donation to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative!

Annina's Cards

Annina's Cards

Annina drew on the creative skills she honed during her many months of treatment for osteosarcoma to design artworks for a series of greeting cards. Her cards are available for sale at KidsAreStars.com, and 45% of the proceeds go to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative for sarcoma research.

Gage's Jewelry

Gage's Art

Gage Alexander Dole lost his brave six year fight against Ewing's Sarcoma on Valentines Day, 2011. A portion of the proceeds from Gage's Jewerly will benefit the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.

I'm Not Lance!

I'm Not Lance!

Scott Alcott is a Ewing's sarcoma survivor who is donating the proceeds of his book to the Liddy ShriverSarcoma Initiative. Scott hopes that his book will help others to feel understood, supported and prepared to deal with sarcoma.

Scott writes: "I'm Not Lance! is not an autobiography. It has many moments of controversy and sometimes blunt assessments. I've dared to say what patients, supporters, and doctors actually think, with an eye on raising understanding and better dynamics between these wonderful and caring people."

Strike out Sarcoma

The "Strike Out Sarcoma" Store

Strike Out Sarcoma raises awareness and funds for Ewing's Sarcoma research in memory of Michael Lio. All proceeds benefit the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative's research grant program.

The Circle

The Circle

Singer songwriter Ron Martin is a multi-instrumentalist from North Carolina. He is sharing the proceeds from the sale of his CD, The Circle, with the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative to help fund sarcoma research.

Just Enough Grace

Just Enough Grace

A sarcoma survivor and mother-of-four, Heather Nations has written an interactive devotional and journal about life's challenges. A portion of sales will be donated to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.

Contribute to our Shop

Writers, artists and businesses are invited to donate a portion of their sales to sarcoma research through the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. These items are a valuable part of the Team Sarcoma Initiative! Contact us to learn more.