There are two types of sarcomas: soft tissue and bone. Soft tissue sarcomas are found in the soft tissues of the body (muscle, fat, blood vessels, nerves, joints, etc). Some soft tissue sarcomas are more commonly found in children while other types are more commonly found in adults. Kaposi’s sarcoma and Rhabdomyosarcoma are both types of soft tissue sarcomas. Early stage soft tissue sarcoma might not show any symptoms but as the tumor grows, a lump, swelling or possibly pain could arise.
Bone sarcomas are rare and are found in the bone - most commonly longer bones such as those found in limbs. Like soft tissue sarcoma, some bone sarcomas are more common in children and other types are more common in adults. Three of the most common sub-types of bone sarcomas are Chondrosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma and Osteosarcoma. Common symptoms include bone pain, broken bones and tenderness in the affected area.
The Courage Ride is dedicated to the memory of Seth Bailey, son of our founders Tom and Jackie Bailey. Seth was diagnosed with soft-tissue synovial sarcoma cancer and after a courageous battle Seth passed away in 2003. Since 2005 the Courage Ride has been focused on raising funds and awareness for this rare form of cancer.
How can you help?
When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition such as cancer, you may find yourself wanting to help those who are also affected. There are many ways you can make a difference for those affected by cancer.
Working with organizations, such as the Courage Ride, is a great way to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by cancer.
Raise or donate money to cancer research at your local cancer center. The Courage Ride donates the proceeds from our annual ride to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. To date, we have donated over $240,000 to the center, supporting a variety of cancer research initiatives, all made possible from our generous supporters.
There are so many events developed by those touched by cancer, and we are happy to count the Courage Ride among them. Participate or get involved in helping to organize the Courage Ride. It is a great way to support others and to meet other survivors!