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Donations help drive sarcoma research

When you donate to St. Jude, you’re helping to fund cutting-edge research and treatment of sarcomas and other rare and life-threatening diseases. 

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St. Jude patient Charlie was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in 2020

St. Jude patient Charlie was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in 2020.


What is sarcoma cancer?

Sarcomas are solid tumors that can appear in a blood vessel, bone, fat tissue, ligament, lymph vessel, muscle or tendon. A solid tumor is an abnormal clump of cells that doesn't contain any liquid or cysts. 


What types of sarcoma does St. Jude treat?

At St. Jude, we treat both Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in children. 

A cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or the tissue around bones (soft tissue) — often the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. Ewing sarcoma can spread to the lungs, bones and bone marrow. 

A type of cancer of the bones and the most common type of bone cancer in children and teens. This cancer arises most often in the wide ends of long bones, such as the femur and tibia in the upper and lower leg, and the humerus in the upper arm. And it can also occur in flat bones that support and protect vital organs, including the bones of the pelvis and the skull.

A type of cancerous tumor that arises in the soft tissue, such as muscles.

This group of tumors includes clear cell sarcoma, dermatofibrosarcoma, epithelioid sarcoma, fibrosarcoma, hemangiopericytoma, leiomyosarcoma, liposarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, non-synovial cell sarcoma and undifferentiated sarcoma. NRSTS tumors develop in the soft tissues of the body.

A kind of soft tissue sarcoma, this type of cancer arises from soft tissues near the joints but can sometimes develop in the kidney and lung. Synovial sarcoma is a very rare tumor and is seen more often in young people.

A kind of sarcoma that originates in the area on either side of the spine (paraspinal region). It can also involve the space within the vertebrae known as the spinal canal (vertebrae and epidural region). Paraspinal sarcomas are rare but usually very serious.

A soft-part sarcoma that usually appears as a non-painful lump in a leg or buttock. Nodules from the lump tend to travel to the lungs, brain and liver. This type of tumor grows slowly but spreads and returns easily.


How do donations to St. Jude help sarcoma reseach?

Proton therapy is one of the main treatments for some sarcomas and, at St. Jude, we house the world’s first proton therapy center dedicated solely to treating children. Additionally, St. Jude has created more clinical trials for childhood cancer than any other hospital in the U.S.

Unlike other hospitals, a majority of the funding for St. Jude comes from donations and fundraising efforts from our community of supporters. This helps us ensure St. Jude can continue providing cutting-edge treatment for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Additionally, children who come to us for treatment and their families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. Donations help us continue working toward our goal of saving as many lives as possible.

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St. Jude patient Charlie with his mom

St. Jude patient Charlie with his mom


How to support sarcoma research

Your donation helps St. Jude provide breakthrough research, treatment and cures for life-threatening pediatric illnesses, such as lymphoma. Your donation is tax-deductible and helps us provide children cutting-edge treatments not covered by insurance, at no cost to families.

Here are some ways to contribute to leukemia research and treatment at St. Jude:

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Your support helps patients like Charlie

Charlie was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma. After treatment at St. Jude that included replacing the cancerous bone with a titanium rod, Charlie was able to return to his favorite things, like airplanes, soccer and donuts.

Make a donation and help support more stories like Charlie’s.

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St. Jude patient Charlie

St. Jude patient Charlie


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