The loss of his mother, Kathryn, to sarcoma, in addition to his own eighteen-month battle with the disease, led Tom Amschwand to establish the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation. Tom founded ASCF with the purpose of educating the public about sarcoma, supporting those with the disease, and encouraging sarcoma-specific research. It was his dream that the foundation might be able to provide real hope and support to other sarcoma patients and their families.
Since our inception in February of 2001, ASCF has enjoyed many successes. We have helped establish a physician scientist program, which provides seed money to sarcoma researchers. We have offered temporary housing to numerous patients traveling to Houston for medical treatment through our Shared Families and Corporate Apartment Housing Programs. Even more, we have raised awareness of this deadly disease and the needs of those affected by it among members of both the general and scientific communities.
In fulfilling our goals of educating the public about sarcomas, encouraging new treatments and research for them, and providing tangible support for people affected by the disease, ASCF contributes to other worthy organizations in order to advance both scientific research and patient support in clinical settings. ASCF has established a young, dynamic board whose members come with diverse experiences. The working board for this entirely volunteer organization ensures that our mission and focus is consistent with the one established by ASCF founder Tom Amschwand. ASCF board members include current and former business men and women, philanthropists, clinical experts as well as several sarcoma survivors.
ASCF Board Members:
- Jane Amschwand
- Melissa Amschwand-Bellinger
- Danetta Beaushaw
- Jill Collins
- Laura Dalton
- Stephen Fadem, MD
- Allie Fields
- Boyd Heath
- Erin Holmes
- Alexandra Knight
- Margaret Ling
- Steph Veigel
In 2011, ASCF established the retired board position, Emeritus Directors. As past board members, these individuals have made extraordinary service contributions to ASCF. Emeritus Directors will continue to play a valuable role within the organization, and because of their experience, they will help to maintain continuity over time with the leadership team.
ASCF Emeritus Directors:
- Gretchen Ferguson Brice
- Tom Palmisano
- Leigh Williams
Past recipients of ASCF funds allocated to fulfilling our mission include:
- University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC)
- MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital
- Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)
- American Cancer Society (ACS)
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)
- Texas Children's Cancer Center (TCCC)
- University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
- Georgetown University
- National Cancer Institute
Each year, grants from ASCF's physician scientist fund are awarded to physician scientists whose clinical focus is on sarcoma in hopes of better understanding the disease. All grant applications received are provided to ASCF's scientific research council for review before presentation to the executive board for approval and funding. In an effort to maximize limited resources for sarcoma patients and specialists, ASCF welcomes opportunities to partner with organizations willing to support the ASCF mission. Such partners have included Carousel (Young Friends of the Texas Children's Cancer Center), RAGU (Rutenis/Amschwand Golfers United), AMIGOS and the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.
Members of ASCF's scientific research council include:
- Robert Benjamin, M.D.
- George Demetri, M.D.
- Stephen Fadem, M.D.
- Marc Horowitz, M.D.
- Shreyaskumar Patel, M.D.
- Michael Reardon, M.D.