Piedmont Park, and the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute will host the 2nd Annual Sarcoma Awareness Sunset Stroll, Wednesday, June 25, 7 p.m. Participants will meet at Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive, N.E., Atlanta.
Sarcomas are cancers that develop from connective tissues of the body such as fat, muscles, nerve tissue, fibrous tissues or blood vessels. According to the American Cancer Society, there are 12,000 new cases of sarcomas each year in the U.S. About a third of the patients die from the disease. Because sarcomas are so rare, many patients have never heard of the disease prior to diagnosis.
“This lack of awareness can cause patients anxiety and a feeling that they are alone in their journey,” said Georgia Cancer Specialists’ Dr. Gina D’Amato, who started the Sunset Stroll in 2013. “The Sunset Stroll gives patients, loved ones and healthcare providers a chance to meet one another and exchange experiences, which in turn will give them hope and encouragement.”
Dr. D’Amato said raising awareness about the disease is critical.
“Equally important is the awareness to the community the Sarcoma Stroll can add to the cause,” adds Dr. D’Amato. “We planned the event in Piedmont Park so hopefully, others will see it, ask questions and learn about sarcoma. The more people know about this type of cancer, the better.”
There is no fee to participate in the stroll. However, donations are welcome. Proceeds will benefit education, treatment and support for patients at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute.
This is a family, wheelchair and pet friendly event. For more information and to register, call 404-531-4444 or visit https://give.northside.com/sarcomawalk.