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Local Organizers Work to Support Sarcoma Research

Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that impacts soft tissues or bone, isn’t talked about as often as some types of cancer. However, two families in Rochester who’ve been directly impacted by this disease are striving to make a difference. They know that funding for research can lead to improved cancer care in our region. Their efforts are moving examples of how a difficult experience can end up helping others. Join them in supporting research efforts for rare cancers like sarcoma.

Steve's 5K

Steve’s 5K Supports Efforts Around Sarcoma Research  

 
In his early 20s, Steve Rettke was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumor, a rare type of sarcoma. Throughout treatment, Steve continued the things he loved – running and hiking trails at Mendon Ponds Park, fishing and spending time with his nephews. In February 2014, on his 30th birthday, he passed away from the disease but his family decided to honor him through an event they established: Steve’s 5K to Run Down Cancer.
 
They held the first race in June 2015 and raised more than $5,000 to support sarcoma research at Wilmot Cancer Institute. Their hard work is a moving example of how a difficult experience can end up helping others. Join them in supporting research efforts for rare cancers like sarcoma.
 

STEEL Lillies Pushes for Progress Against Sarcoma

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When Tiffany Lill learned she had sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that affects bone and soft tissue, she wanted to do something. She founded STEEL Lillies, an organization to support sarcoma research at Wilmot Cancer Institute, in January 2012. Although she died later that year, her family continued the work she started, hosting events annually from 2012 to 2015 and raising $250,000 to support sarcoma research at Wilmot Cancer Institute.
 
These funds helped Wilmot recruit Emily Carmody, M.D., a physician-researcher focused on sarcoma, in 2014. A graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Carmody focuses on finding novel ways to treat bone and soft tissue cancers.

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