Veterinarians participated in "Steps for Sarcoma"

Sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults – just one percent of all adult cancers. Unfortunately, it’s much more prevalent in children and dogs; about 15 percent ofSteps for Sarcoma Team 2012 all childhood cancers and about 15 percent of all canine cancers.

At the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, a "Vets for Sarcoma" team participated in “Steps for Sarcoma,” a 5K run and 1 mile walk, to raise money for sarcoma research at Ohio State. The event was held Sunday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Wendy’s International, 4288 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Dublin, Ohio 43017.

There were over 900 participants, and they raised over $90,00, absolutely amazing! Last year, 2012, we had around 500 participants and raised $38,000.  The growth this year was clearly exponential. The event would not have been the same without our participants!

Every dollar helps and it all stays locally at Ohio State. The money raised is being used to support a number of clinical and research initiatives – in fact the research lab of Dr. Matthew Allen, an associate professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, is investigating new approaches to preventing and treating radiation injury to bone. The project is supported in part by the sarcoma fund.

Ohio State will push forward in the One Health model, using our unique situation with The James, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine working collaboratively together in a world-changing way to bring about more Sarcoma Survivors, both people and pets.

The 2012 “Vets Against Sarcoma” team, (l to r, back row) Adam  Rudinsky, Bronwyn Fullager, Sarah Moore, Matthew Allen, Sam Allen, Clare Allen, Judith Bertran; and (l to r, front row) Gabby Glucksman,  Bianca Hettlich, and Beth Chaffee.

The Clinical Trials Office in the College of Veterinary Medicine has conducted numerous studies in dogs that are leading to better drug treatments and longer survival. Our college has been touched by this disease in a more personal way, as well. Staff member Janeen Sylvester’s 24-year-old son Jared was diagnosed with sarcoma three years ago. Today, he is in full remission, walking on his titanium prosthesis without a limp.

Steps for Sarcoma is a great opportunity to see the impact that research and clinical care has on sarcoma patients and their families. It also offers a powerful reminder of how much more needs to be done for both our veterinary patients and people.

You can also support the efforts of our oncology service here.