Strike Out Sarcoma
The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative is pleased to partner with Strike Out Sarcoma to fund Ewing's sarcoma research in memory of Michael Lio. Michael passed away at the age of 22 after a courageous 14-month battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. Ewing's sarcoma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that often strikes children and young adults.
Michael's family and friends have become "Michael's Angels" and have organized many successful events, including an annual "Strike Out Sarcoma Night" at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. These events have raised more than $100,000 for the Initiative's research grants program, helping to fund two research studies. The New York Mets star slugger 1st baseman, Ike Davis, was a friend of Michael's and has been a wonderful supporter of these events.
Past Event - Hike for Mike 2012
Hike the Phoenix Mountain Preserve on Mike Lio’s 26th birthday and help raise money for sarcoma research! Join us starting at 9:30 in the morning for coffee and muffins. The host-led Hike For Mike starts at 10:00 sharp and takes about two hours. A reception with food and drinks will follow. We will be selling wristbands and t-shirts and accepting donations for sarcoma research. The event offers great chance to catch up with friends who have moved away and are in town for the holidays. Spread the word!
Partnering with the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative
by Melanie Lio
We decided to partner with the Intitiative at the recommendation of some of the specialists and researchers we got to know during Michael’s illness. The Initiative is a well-established and highly respected foundation that awards funding for grants to sarcoma researchers around the world. While we are adept at fundraising, we leave it to the experts to see that our fundraising dollars are put to the best possible use.
We feel the grant application and peer review process are valuable in putting our funds towards research deemed to be the most likely to produce favorable results. We appreciate ESUN publishing the chosen investigators' experimental plans and the research results, because it is gratifying to actually see what our efforts have brought to fruition.