Today is the first anniversary of my friend Paula Takacs’ death. She crosses my mind every day. I am still in awe of her strength, her courage, her grace and her resilience. Of course, her most cherished legacy is her beloved, amazing, wonderful family, including husband Geof and son Gray — but she also left behind The Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research.
Because sarcomas represent only 1% of adult and 15% of childhood cancers, they lack the funding that many other cancers receive. Traditional therapies often slow down, but fail to cure, sarcomas. Doctors and scientists are working hard to outsmart sarcomas through new and unique treatments — which makes private funding desperately needed.
This Saturday, April 18, 2015, The Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research will host its signature fundraiser, the Sarcoma Stomp 5K Race / 3K Walk. The net proceeds of this event will be donated to the Levine Cancer Institute with the goal of developing a clinical trial here in Charlotte.
I love this Elizabeth Edwards quote. Paula stood in the storm, and she adjusted her sails brilliantly — fighting an incredible fight against cancer and paving the way for us to continue that fight for her. In Paula’s honor, TZD is the Sarcoma Stomp’s t-shirt sponsor and fields a team each year. We’d love to have you join us, either in person or in spirit. 100% of your donations are tax-deductible.