This run/walk May 9 raises money for research at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
This year, I'll have a table in the health expo to tell people about services available to sarcoma patients, such as our live chats, discussion board and peer-to-peer network.
There also will be a Sarcoma Speed Daemons team again. To get you in the spirit, here are some photos from 2007 by Jim Stem. That year, we won an honorable mention for having more than 30 team members.
Above is Miles for Moffitt President Karen Dalton, who gave an award to Greg Stamatelos for being the fastest survivor. He ran 5 miles in 40 minutes, 32 seconds. Although he had brain cancer, he ran for the sarcoma team and has been a supporter. In the white T-shirt is Chad McLeod, a survivor of Ewing's, who ran 10 seconds behind Greg. Dr. Samuel Agresta, a medical oncologist in the sarcoma program, ran alongside Chad, his patient. Both are triathletes. Dr. Agresta now works in San Francisco.
Cindy Harris covered the spokes of her wheelchair in green and yellow to match her Sarcoma Alliance T-shirt. Her husband, Rob, and son, Kevin, brought refreshments for the team. Dr. Julia Cogburn, below, then a medical-oncology fellow, modified her Sarcoma Alliance T-shirt to make it cooler under the hot Florida sun. She came in second in the 5K race among women aged 30-34, with a time of 26 minutes, 22 seconds.
Another team member to place was Jay Ronca, below, who finished 11th among men aged 30-34, running 5
miles in 43:29. I'm sure a lot of people got educated that day on what a sarcoma is. Wish us luck this year!