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In 2011, the Sarcoma Trust and Sarcoma UK joined to become a new single charity for sarcoma patients, carers and relatives in the UK.

Ten years on and Sarcoma UK has invested more than £4.3 million into scientific and medical research; supported almost 2,500 people through the Sarcoma UK Support Line, and worked with national governing bodies, sarcoma specialist centres and organisations to advocate for better and earlier treatments for people affected by sarcoma.

To mark our tenth anniversary, we want you to join us in reflecting on the progress we have made together; celebrate the achievements; remember the people who have made and continue to make Sarcoma UK; and look to a future where everyone affected by sarcoma cancer has the treatment, care and support they need.

None of this has been possible without you – the people who make Sarcoma UK. Join us from July as we mark 10 years of struggle, change and hard work. Let’s say thank you to the people who have made Sarcoma UK and welcome those who will make it even more.

In July, Sarcoma Awareness Month, we launch a year of events starting with a series of online talks with sarcoma experts - researchers, clinicians and patients - and ending with the Glitter Ball in 2022. In between, expect interviews and features with the people who have been with us since the beginning and those who have joined us along the way; the researchers making breakthroughs; the amazing fundraisers and of course we will remember those we have lost. 

Let’s Zoom in on

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Four weekly online chats during Sarcoma Awareness Month. We invite you to join us and special guests including patients, researchers, clinicians and more to learn about the progress being made and how it might affect you. The weekly sessions are informal, and everyone is very welcome to join in with questions and chat. New to Zoom? Watch this. 

  • Sarcoma and Women’s Health (7 pm, 6 July) From menopause to morcellation, fertility to gynaecological sarcomas, this session brings a panel of guests to discuss the impact of sarcoma on women's health. Watch again

Guests: Dr Charlotte Benson (Consultant Medical Oncologist), Karen Delin (sarcoma patient, support group leader and advocate), Emma McCloskey (sarcoma patient, support group leader and advocate), Dr Beatrice Seddon (UCLH)

  • Clinical Trials (7 pm, 13 July) What is a clinical trial? What are the benefits of taking part in one? Our panel of patients and clinical researchers discuss current clinical trials and signpost possible new treatments. Watch again.

Guests: Jane Lochrie (sarcoma patient), Dirk Strauss (Consultant Surgical Oncologist), Emily Travis (sarcoma patient and advocate), Dr Shane Zaidi (Consultant Clinical Oncologist)

  • Genomics: The future of sarcoma treatment? (7 pm, 20 July) Genomics is changing the way we think about and treat sarcoma. But what exactly is it and how do we know what it can achieve for people with sarcoma? Join this session to learn about current projects supported by Sarcoma UK and ask any questions you have about this exciting field of science. Watch again..

Guests: Prof. Andy Beggs (Cancer Genetics & Surgery, University of Birmingham), Richard Davidson (Chief Executive, Sarcoma UK), Prof. Adrienne Flanagan OBE (Professor of Musculoskeletalpathology, UCL), Dr Alexander Lee (Consultant Medical Oncologist), Dr Zoë S Walters (Lecturer in Translational Epigenomics, University of Southampton)

  • Living well with and beyond sarcoma. (7 pm, 27 July) Join a panel of patients and experts to talk about recurrence, rehabilitation, pain management and more. Send your question in advance or ask them on the night. Join us on Zoom.

Guests: Debbie Artis (specialist physiotherapist, Leeds Teaching Hospital), Lisa Hall (patient and advocate), Jo Ham (counsellor/therapist), Kate Scanlan (Occupational Therapist, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital) Roger Wilson CBE (founder, Sarcoma UK, patient advocate)

 

How it started… How it‘s going…

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  • Where were you ten years ago?
  • What has changed for you?
  • What’s does the future hold?

Throughout the year, we will drop in on the people who have shared part of their sarcoma journey with us over the past decade.

Just three little questions with a huge variety of answers. You are welcome to take part too. Email tenyears@sarcoma.org.uk with your answers and a photo of you then and now.

People Make…

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While 5,300 people diagnosed with sarcoma in the UK every year, every one of them has a unique story. Meet the partners, parents, colleagues, friends and patients – every one affected by sarcoma – every one unique.    

Milestones...

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Since Sarcoma UK was launched in 2011, we have campaigned for better treatments and better support for people affected by sarcoma. Bradley Price, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Sarcoma UK throws the spotlight on the many achievements we have seen over the past ten years of advocacy, and where we go from here. The series launches mid-July with a look at the advances in treating GIST and features Jane Lochrie, a patient who ‘owes her life’ to being part of a clinical trial.

Write to them

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This Sarcoma Awareness Month, join Sarcoma UK and call on the government to take notice of sarcoma.

Call on your MPs to raise awareness of sarcoma and the issues affecting sarcoma patients - it's time to put some pressure on.

Write to your local MP and ask for a meeting in July to talk about sarcoma. It can be virtual or in person. Your local MP can bring about real change, but they need you to tell them how.

Social Media Takeovers

Who better to demonstrate that ‘people make Sarcoma UK’ than the people themselves?

Beginning in July, we hand over our social channels to guests including patients, clinicians and researchers for unprecedented insight into the lives of people living and working with sarcoma.

2031: The Time Capsule

We’re looking back at ten years of people making Sarcoma UK. What will we have to show in 2031?

All our guest contributions, recordings and public submissions to be added to a digital time capsule. This becomes a motif throughout the year encouraging both reflection and hope as we ask people to share their present and past with their future selves and those yet to come.

Beating sarcoma for future generations

A will is one of the most important documents you will ever write. Leaving a gift in your will to Sarcoma UK is a promise to be a part of our future in a very thoughtful way. We’ve partnered up with the 1st Step Wills & Trust, which means you can have a will written or amended for free.

Get the word out

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Sarcoma Awareness Month is about... awareness! Let's get the message out there through your social media platforms and public spaces.

Download posters, graphics for your social media and messages about sarcoma. Share widely.

 

Future events

Keep up with us after July too for some very special events including.

  • 262 Miles: A Decade of #TeamSarcoma in the London Marathon
  • The Inaugural Sarcoma UK Research Symposium
  • A Very Special Christmas Concert
  • Glitter Ball 2022

Keep up to date on our social media and email tenyears@sarcoma.org.uk to get involved.