The Sarah-Grace Sarcoma Foundation together with founder Dr Grace Sarah Moshi are inviting all Expat Living readers to attend a Pacific Island Soiree at the Pan Pacific Marina on Friday 4 October to help kick sarcoma.
The evening promises to be a colourful celebration of life, including the exhibition and auction of artworks by local and international artists. Adeline Yeo is graciously donating a live work that she will construct at the event. There will also be entertainment by a troupe from the Academy of Rock, and the band No Worries will perform live. Also present will be guest of honour Mdm Halimah Yacob and special guest Antonia Kidman.
What are sarcomas?
Sarcomas are relatively rare by the prolific standards of the most common cancers, including breast and prostate, and hence have trouble attracting research funding from governments to find a cure. Despite this, sarcomas contribute disproportionately to the cancer burden in our community, as they mostly affect the young. They are also the most aggressive primary cancers with an overall 50 per cent mortality or survival rate at five years.Moreover, 20% of childhood cancers are sarcomas.
Treatment difficulties for sarcoma and the need for research
Although there are more than 50 different subtypes of sarcoma, they tend have one thing in common: they often metastasise to the lungs unpredictably, hence the dismal prognosis. Currently, the Sarah-Grace Sarcoma Foundation is funding groundbreaking research at the Australian National University, John Curtin School of Medical Research. To date the research has identified about 10 potential therapeutic sites and is in the process of developing targeted molecular therapy. Currently the mainstay of sarcoma treatment is surgery, making early diagnosis the only effective way to improve long-term survival.
What is the Sarah-Grace Sarcoma Foundation and the Kick Sarcoma initiative?
The Sarah-Grace Sarcoma Foundation is a registered non-profit, non-governmental organisation advocating for increased research to find new and better therapies with which to treat patients with sarcomas. The foundation launched its “Kick Sarcoma” campaign at Australia’s Parliament House in May 2012, with a view to raising awareness through sporting teams and schools, reflecting the disproportionate effect of sarcoma on young children (20% of childhood cancers are sarcomas). The foundation has engaged passionately with schools in Australia and is in the process of engaging with schools in Singapore, using brightly coloured neon shoelaces to raise sarcoma awareness.