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The 3rd annual Steps for Sarcoma 5K/ 1 mile Run/Walk event will be held on Sunday, September 16 at Thompson Park in Upper Arlington. The event helps raise awareness of this disease as well as much-needed research dollars that benefit the Orthopaedic Sarcoma Research Fund at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Last years event raised more than $25,000 and had over 450 participants.
Dr. Matthew Allen, Director of the Surgical Research Laboratory and associate professor in Small Animal Surgery at the Veterinary Medical Center, and his lab play an active role in sarcoma research, working with orthopedic oncologists at Ohio State’s Medical Center. Sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults, accounting for approximately one percent of all adult cancers. However, it is much more prevalent in children and dogs, accounting for about 15 percent of all childhood cancers and 15 percent of all canine cancer. “I embrace the concept of this being a perfect model for translational research,” Dr. Allen noted. “It would be great to get some involvement from the CVM community.”
Dr. Allen currently has a team registered for the event, “Vets against Sarcoma”, and welcomes anyone interested in attending to register and come out to run/walk in support of this great cause. Dogs are encouraged to participate in the event as well, and each dog will receive a bandana with the Steps for Sarcoma logo at the event.
The cost is $25 and participants will receive an event t-shirt. Registration is from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. and the event goes from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Please visit stepsforsarcoma.com for more information and to register for this great event.