Monday, July 27, 2009

Team Sarcoma 2009

This weekend is the conclusion of International Sarcoma Awareness Week. We at Hopkins kicked off the week with our 2nd annual All Wheels Welcome ride down the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. It was a marvelous event, with over 150 participants of all ages – including current and former patients, as well as their friends, families, and supporters. I think we were all amazed by Team Luca, the family and friends of a current patient of mine, who all showed up in bright red shirts and were an inspiring presence.

I want to extend a personal Thank You to everyone who helped organize the event and to everyone who participated. We raised almost $13,000 in just one day. This year’s event was larger than last year, and we hope next year will be even bigger!

The highlight of the week every year is the Team Sarcoma Core Bike Ride. This year, my home state of Maryland had the honor of hosting the Core Team, who rode from Cumberland to Washington, DC, spreading awareness and forming bonds of friendship.

I had the honor of meeting the group on Wednesday night for dinner in Shepherdstown, WV. After a fabulous meal, I spoke briefly about some of the work we have done in the lab that has led to a new clinical trial that was just approved this week by our IRB. We expect to be open for enrollment in mid-August!

After my presentation, the true fun began, as I was able to speak with the dedicated men and women who make up the Core Team. It was truly an honor, and a whole lot of fun!

The week culminated with a reception in Washington, DC, attended by representatives of several local medical centers, including our own, as well as dignitaries from each of the countries represented on the Core Team.

None of this would be possible without the leadership of Bruce and Bev Shriver. They are truly remarkable individuals, and all of us in the Sarcoma World owe them a great debt.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for next year!

Related Posts:
Sarcoma Video
Johns Hopkins Team Sarcoma 2008
The Importance of Research Foundations


outre said...

Woo hoo!

Congrats on IRB approval. :)

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empy said...

Thank you so much for everything you do, including your support of Team Sarcoma! It was so good to meet you in person. :-)

empy said...

Did you see today's press release? :-)

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