Meet The Founder
Matthew r Dicaprio, MD
Sarcoma Strong is an organization founded by, Matthew R. DiCaprio, MD, a practicing Musculoskeletal Oncologist who wanted to do more for his local sarcoma family. Our goals are simple. We want to be able to support our sarcoma families at every step of their journey with sarcoma. When first diagnosed, offering them guidance and sources for information to help them with critical decisions. Advocate for their care and specific, and often unique needs. And to generate funds to sponsor research that may improve the ability to diagnose and treatment sarcoma. We want the sarcoma community to Unite. Together we can have a greater impact and change the course of sarcoma for future patients and families.
After seven years practicing as the Capital Region of New York’s only Musculoskeletal Oncologist, I had a desire to do more for my patients than just help with making their diagnosis and implementing their treatment. It became apparent to me that each of these patients was on a journey with sarcoma and I needed to be of service to them in all phases of this journey. Being a rare form of cancer, many of these patients and families had nowhere to turn and limited access to helpful information. Many had never heard the word sarcoma. Patients quickly learn the unique problems and concerns sarcoma and it’s treatment bring to their lives.
From this, a sarcoma awareness picnic was born in 2011. Patients with sarcoma and their families and friends gathered together to enjoy some time outside of a doctor’s office, sharing stories and experiences. The media got wind of what we were doing and this helped with our mission to increase awareness of sarcoma throughout our community.
After a few years of these gatherings, there was still a void. Something was missing. We were advocating for our sarcoma families, we were increasing awareness of this rare disease, but we were not making an impact in new discoveries or in the research arena. It was at this point we decided to organize our first Sarcoma 5k Run/Walk during the summer of 2014. Funds raised during our inaugural run went to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative and supported sarcoma research. Bruce Shriver was an inspiration to me when I wanted to start a picnic and eventually the run. With over 300 participants, ~$12,000 raised to fund research, and a majority of local news channels broadcasting our event we felt the impact of what we had started. As we were at our beginning efforts to fund research the Liddy Shriver Organization was in their final chapter. This left us with a big question. Who would we raise money for and with to help fund sarcoma research?
As a member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS), an organization comprised of leaders in the field of Musculoskeletal Oncology, I felt who better to form a collaboration with than MSTS. Michelle Ghert, MD, head of the research committee, and Richard Terek, MD, President of the MSTS both were instrumental in establishing this collaborative project. From this, the Sarcoma Strong/MSTS Research Grant was formed. With a stronger focus on obtaining corporate level sponsorship, we were able to generate enough funds to sponsor a $100,000 grant after the success of the 2015 and 2016 events.
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Register to run in our annual Sarcoma Strong Run/Walk 5k. Go solo or gather a group of friends and create a team.
Become a Volunteer
Join a team of passionate Sarcoma Strong volunteers to help expand our efforts where they are needed most.
Become a Donor
Your donations help to raise necessary funds for research grants aimed to enhance treatment options for sarcoma patients.
Meet the Team
Our dedicated volunteers give their time and energy throughout the year in hopes of moving the needle to improved care for our sarcoma families to honor and remember past, present and future warriors.