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8,000 People Join the Team Sarcoma Initiative to Fight a Rare Cancer
Date:8/4/2008

together of institutions focused on a common goal - to contribute to global knowledge of the sarcoma problem with an ultimate mission to eradicate this disease. The Team Sarcoma events provide an opportunity to collaborate more effectively with other institutions working on the same problem, by highlighting the need for teamwork."

Dr. Piotr Rutkowski of Poland's Comprehensive Cancer Center added: "Especially important is the fact that this is the patients' initiative and the number of participants is increasing. It means that this problem is recognized by more people and it provides the chance for improvement of sarcoma treatment."

Ellen Johnson's father is an angiosarcoma patient. She was one of 26 women who knitted children's chemo caps for 24 hours straight in Tuscaloosa, AL. She said, "The most moving aspect of the Knit-A-Thon was the response I got from total strangers. We advertised our event in the local newspaper and had several participants whom we'd never met before. This event has the potential to grow so much - in fact, I've already started planning for next year!"

Others are planning for next year as well. The 2009 International Sarcoma Awareness Week has been scheduled for July 18-26, and 40 teams have already committed to the effort. Supporters are invited to join in by planning or attending a 2009 Team Sarcoma event.

To learn more about Team Sarcoma and to read reports and view photographs from more than 70 events, visit: http://www.team-sarcoma.net/

About the Team Sarcoma Initiative: The global Team Sarcoma Initiative is coordinated by the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people dealing with sarcoma. The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative publishes peer-reviewed articles in the Electronic Sarcoma Update Newsletter; provides comprehensive, sarcoma-
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