Bronx Health: Sarcoma Walk in VC Park Raises Nearly 15k

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[PHOTO: Young Sarcoma patients, family members, and the pediatric hematology/oncology team at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore gathered on the track at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday at the start of CHAM's Stomp Out of Sarcoma event.]

Held last weekend at Van Cortland Park, this year's “Stomp Out Sarcoma Walk,” hosted by the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, raised nearly $15,000 for awareness and medical research.

Sarcoma is a form of cancer that develops from bone or muscle, according to the American Cancer Society. It occurs more commonly in children, with Sarcoma representing 15 to 20 percent of childhood cancer diagnoses and one percent of adult cancer diagnoses.

More than 80 patients, family members and hospital staff participated, making it the largest Stomp Out Sarcoma event yet, Montefiore officials said.

This is the fifth year the Children's Hospital at Montefiore has held a Sarcoma walk, according to the hospital.

[PHOTO: Bronx resident Preston Cohen, 14, who was successfully treated for osteosarcoma at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, describes his experience during the fifth annual Stomp Out Sarcoma walk sponsored by CHAM's Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. The walk is held annually to raise awareness and funding for research to cure sarcoma, a cancer of the bones and tissues.]

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