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Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute received a $36,000 grant for sarcoma research at this year’s Third Annual Sarcoma Stomp 5K in April. The grant will fund research efforts at the Institute to help physicians better understand and treat patients with sarcomas-soft-tissue cancer that develops from bone or muscle.
Currently, approximately 1 percent of adult and 15 percent of childhood cancers are classified as sarcomas. The research for treating this disease lacks the amount of government funding that is allocated to other cancers.
Prior to 2013, 100 percent of proceeds from the Sarcoma Stomp were donated to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, one of the nation’s top-ranked cancer centers located in New York. This year, Levine Cancer Institute was also selected as a 25 percent beneficiary of the race. The generous donation was made to the Institute as a result of comprehensive biomarker research that is currently underway.
“The hope is that identifying something in a patient’s tumor may give us clues into its biology, which will then give us a better understanding of how to treat it,” said Edward S. Kim, MD, chair of the Department of Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics at the Institute. “We are planning to study sarcoma specimens from previously treated patients with sarcomas in the hopes of finding some new leads on how to better treat these patients.”
Additionally, the Institute was a presenting sponsor of this year’s event, which raised more than $144,000, compared to approximately $100,000 in 2012. The Sarcoma Stomp was founded in 2011 by the Paula Takacs Foundation as a way to connect sarcoma survivors and their loved ones with community members interested in supporting the cause.