sarcoma (n): A malignant tumor that arises from the musculoskeletal system tissues such as bone, muscle or connective tissue. Sarcomas comprise 1% of adult cancer cases and 15% of pediatric cases. Although sarcomas can arise anywhere on the body, the most common location is in the limbs. There are over 30 subtypes of sarcoma; many are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation; diagnosis often occurs after the cancer has metastasized.
Before Alan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in 2009, I had never even heard of the word “sarcoma” much less known anyone who was touched by it. In the last few months, I can not believe how many incredible people I’ve met who have been affected by sarcoma and are now working hard to do some good.
Meet Landon Cooper, an ultra-runner from Alabama who founded an organization called Miles2Give. Landon and his team at Miles2Give are currently running 3,000 miles across the US to raise awareness of sarcoma as well as funds for much-needed sarcoma research. While doing so, they are dedicating each day of running to a person who is battling sarcoma or who has lost their life to sarcoma. I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E!
Last week, Landon ran for my sister in law’s dear friend Paula Tackas, an 8 year sarcoma survivor and incredible woman to boot. 😉 I’m going to dedicate a day in July for Alan since that is when Landon will be running in Maryland/DC. I know Alan would love that.