Get Moving, Get Educated, Strike Out Sarcoma (8.31.21 through 9.12.21)

Strike Out for Sarcoma 2020 masked participant

** UPDATE SEPT. 16: Strike Out for Sarcoma raised more than $35,000 for DCI research into the disease

** UPDATE SEPT. 3: The Educational Symposium, referenced in an earlier edition of this post, has since been cancelled

Strike Out for Sarcoma logoThe Duke Cancer Institute multidisciplinary Sarcoma Disease Group hosts it's 12th Annual Strike Out for Sarcoma 5K Run/Walk — virtual again this year — during the weekend of Sept. 11th and 12th.


Get Moving

Last year's Virtual Strike Out for Sarcoma 5K Run/Walk raised more than $47,000 for sarcoma research. There were 23 teams and 192 participants.

This year, 9 teams have so far raised nearly $16,000.

What's a "virtual" 5K run or walk? It's a real race or walk — whether on your neighborhood streets or your treadmill — just not in a crowd. Apart, but together in spirit!

  • On the weekend of September 11th and 12th select your route and, if running, track your time through your preferred app. Show your Strike Out for Sarcoma spirit by wearing an old Sarcoma event t-shirt or wear yellow.


  • Donate to the cause
Participants are invited to take photos and/or videos of their individual race or walk and post them on social media with the hashtag #StrikeOutForSarcoma2021.

Zumba Zoom

Wanda's Warriors workoutsThe Wanda's Warriors Strike Out for Sarcoma team — one of nine teams so far signed up for the event — is offering virtual fitness classes (via Zoom) all this week (through Sept. 3). Captained by certified fitness instructor Jordan Farrell, the team is hosting "Wanda's Warriors Week" to bring awareness to sarcoma.

Wanda's Warriors has been one of this event's largest teams in recent years. When Strike Out for Sarcoma was in person, Jordan would host the pre-run/walk Zumba warm ups and cool downs. When 2020 went virtual and again this year she linked up with other instructors and pivoted to fitness classes via Zoom.

All classes are free-of-charge, but donations will be accepted through the Strikeout for Sarcoma event website

8.31.21 at 6:30 p.m.
HIITT featuring Shika

9.1.21 Wanda's Warriors
Wednesday 1-mile challenge

9.2.21 at 6:45 p.m.
Afrobeat MashUp featuring Cutina

9.3.21 at 6 p.m.
Yoga Stretch & Chat with Wanda

Zoom info for all classes:

Access Zoom

Meeting ID: 565 764 3504
Password: warriors12

All for a Good Cause

Duke’s sarcoma specialists — more than 22 providers — are nationally recognized in the diagnosis and treatment of osteosarcomas and soft tissue sarcomas. They include experts in oncology and orthopaedic surgery who offer the latest treatment options to preserve healthy tissue and bone (including comprehensive limb-sparing surgeries to avoid the need for amputation) and help improve patients' chances for a positive outcome.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1,000 people will have been diagnosed with osteosarcoma this year — about half of them children and teens. Most osteosarcomas occur in children, teens, and young adults between the ages of 10 and 30. Teens are the most commonly affected age group, but people of any age can develop osteosarcoma. Osteosarcomas account for around 2% of childhood cancers.
An estimated 13,460 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed (7,720 in males and 5,740 in females) this year. About 5,350 people (2,840 males and 2,510 females) are expected to die of soft tissue sarcomas this year.