Strike Out Sarcoma, Starting With Dinner At Panera (3.26.19)

February 28, 2019
By: Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer, DCI

The Duke Multidisciplinary Sarcoma Program has thrown out the first pitch in their 10th Annual Strike Out for Sarcoma 5K & Family Fun Walk fundraising efforts with a dinner benefit at Panera Bread, to be held on Tuesday, March 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 3603 Witherspoon Blvd., in Durham, North Carolina. Funds raised through Strike Out for Sarcoma support ongoing sarcoma research at Duke.

If customers bring a printout of this flyer or show an electronic version to the cashier when placing their order, Panera will donate a portion of the proceeds of their purchase to the cause. Customers may also order online for Rapid Pick-Up or delivery and enter promo code "PRFUND." (Gift card purchases and catering orders are excluded and will not count toward the fundraiser).

Sarcoma is a type of cancer that begins in bone or in the soft tissues of the body in children and adults.

Most sarcomas that originate in the bone (osteosarcomas) occur in children and young adults, but can develop at any age. Teens are the most commonly affected age group. According to the American Cancer Society, about two percent of childhood cancers are osteosarcomas, but osteosarcomas make up a much smaller percentage of adult cancers. An estimated 800 to 900 people total will be diagnosed with osteosarcoma this year, with about half being children and teens younger than 20.

About 12,750 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed in 2019. Leiomyosarcomas are the most common type of soft-tissue sarcoma found in the abdomen (belly), while liposarcomas and undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcomas are the most common in the legs. 

The 10th Annual Strike Out for Sarcoma 5K & Family Fun Walk itself will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary, North Carolina. Further details about that event will be announced as the event draws closer.