Start date: 08/01/2023
On August 1st I will be 21 years cancer free. I lost my leg to Ewing Sarcoma so on August 1st I will be running 21km/13.1 miles everyday until I reach 5250km/3262 miles. The 5250 represents the people diagnosed with cancer everyday. Each run will be dedicated to someone either fighting cancer, a survivor or someone who unfortunately lost there life to cancer. You can join me virtually in August for 21km/13.1 miles. You can complete the miles between August 1st - August 31. You don't need to do them all at once, just complete the distance by the end of August. Tag me in on instagram with #icandohardthings once you've completed your miles/km. Please also consider donating to the Sarcoma Foundation of America. I am selling hats and all the profits from the hats will go directly to the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
Info about Sarcoma
Sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults (1% of all adult cancers), but rather prevalent in children (about 20% of all childhood cancers). It is made up of many “subtypes” because it can arise from a variety of tissue structures (nerves, muscles, joints, bone, fat, blood vessels – collectively referred to as the body’s “connective tissues”). Because these tissues are found everywhere on the body, Sarcomas can arise anywhere. Thus, within each site of the more “common” cancers there is the occasional surprise sarcoma diagnosis (e.g., breast sarcoma, stomach sarcoma, lung sarcoma, ovarian sarcoma, etc.). The most frequent location are the limbs since this is where the majority of the body’s connective tissue resides. They are commonly hidden deep in the body, so sarcoma is often diagnosed when it has already become too large to expect a hope of being cured. Although a lot of the lumps and bumps we get are benign, people should have them looked at by a doctor at an early stage in case it is sarcoma.
Sarcoma is sometimes curable by surgery (about 20% of the time), or by surgery with chemotherapy and/or radiation (another 50-55%), but about half the time they are totally resistant to all of these approaches—thus the extreme need for new therapeutic approaches. At any one time, more than 50,000 patients and their families are struggling with sarcoma. More than 16,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and nearly 7,000 people die each year from sarcoma in the United States.
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