It is with great sadness that the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation mourns the unexpected death of one of our own, Richard John Ling. Loving spouse to ASCF board member Margaret Ling and father (in law) to ASCF volunteers Matt (and Traci) Ling, Richard will be sorely missed by all of us at the ASCF. Preceded in death by son Ben, Richard was a great advocate for families affected by sarcoma cancer and an ardent supporter of ASCF. The Ling family including Margaret, Matt, Traci and daughter Christina ask that in lieu of flowers, friends and family consider making donations to the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation. Donations may be mailed to 2726 Bissonnet Steet, Suite 240-314 Houston, Texas 77005, or online by clicking the button below.
IN MEMORY OF RICHARD JOHN LING
YHA + ASCF = ACC
Youth Hope Association (YHA) and the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation (ASCF) teamed up for the 2016 A Couture Cause (ACC) to raise funds for both charities.
The launch of ACC's first-ever trend guide proved to be a huge success thanks in great part to friends Traci Ling and Lyndsey Zorich. The guide features Houston leaders, philanthropists and business women modeling designs from H-town's most chic boutiques including Tootsies, Cakewalk & Monkees to name a few. 225 people attended the stylish fete raising almost $50,000 for the two charities. Check out the digital trend guide here and make sure to support those who help us to #defeatsarcoma.
Allie & Jay Fields and Lisa & Josh Oren thank each of you who has supported the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation and for those who continue to do so. This year has been an unprecedented year. Our 2015 Catwalk for a Cure gala held Thursday evening, November 5th at The Astorian was SOLD OUT thanks to all of our generous donors. We celebrated our amazing honorees including the Freddie Steinmark Family, Dr. Keila Torres and Kristin Elliott. We remain most grateful to all who have pledged their support including our most generous corporate sponsors. The families we serve continue to need our help in finding a cure for sarcoma and accessing specialized care. If you have not already done so, please consider supporting our mission at one of the giving levels indicated on our pledge card. If you have already pledged your support, thank you.
Read more about the evening's honorees, our generous donors and the amazing live auction packages that were purchased by the highest bidders. All proceeds from the auction directly support the ASCF mission.
Did you know that July is International Sarcoma Awareness Month?
Join the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation by raising awareness of sarcoma (a cancer of connective tissue) that affects tens of thousands of men, women and children. How can you help? Use your social media and networks to share at least one fact about the disease during the month of July.
- This year in the U.S., 14,000 people will be newly diagnosed with sarcoma.
- Sarcomas comprise almost 20% of all childhood cancers.
- Sarcomas occur in the connective tissues and can originate anywhere in the body.
- Each year, thousands of sarcoma patients leave their hometowms to come to Houston for treatment from those who specialize in treating the disease placing an additional emotional and financial burden on the families of these patients.
- Sarcoma remains one of the deadliest forms of cancer among both children and adults.
- Call sarcoma by its name. Unfortunately, stand alone references, such as "a rare form of cancer", "bone cancer", "stomach cancer" or "pediatric cancer" only perpetuate the lack of awareness of sarcoma and the needs of those affected by it.
- Share the story of sarcoma survivors and co-survivors. We must put a face and story with the disease in order to ensure the needs of those affected are met.
- Give. Limited resources for those diagnosed with the disease and scarce funding for sarcoma research continue to be problematic. ASCF relies on your financial support to provide funding for sarcoma specific research and to reduce barriers to accessing care from those who specialize in treating the disease.
FIGHT GIVE LIVE Sarcoma Awareness Houston & Maui
More than 150 people showed up in Houston inside The Galleria and almost 100 walkers and virtual walkers took to beautiful Keawakapu Beach on the island of Maui in support of International Sarcoma Awareness Week and our FIGHT GIVE LIVE campaign, bringing additional awareness to our fight against sarcoma. Thank you to each of you who were a part of our success. THANK YOU to The Galleria & Simon Properties for allowing us to utilize their space & display signage for our Houston-based event. Thank you Chick-fil-A for feeding our herd & to their cow for leading us in our trek around the ice rink. Thank you to Honeydew the Clown for face painting. Thank you to The Galleria stores & staff supporting our event who displayed additional signage especially Chick-fil-A, Lids, FOREVER SILVER by Erwin Pearl & Visible Changes. Thank you to Traci Ling for taking all of the amazing photos in Houston. THANK YOU to Stinelli Castañeda for leading the effort for the Maui location in celebration of her son Johnny O’Leary’s beautiful spirit and for generously matching all Maui & virtual walker donations. Thank you to Meliezza Walker for the beautiful photography in Maui. Finally thank you to the entire Leonetti Graphics family for the amazing FIGHT GIVE LIVE shirts.
Join us in continuing our FIGHT GIVE LIVE campaign. Shirts & tanks will continue to be available for purchase online. Share your story with others. Share the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation’s mission. Wear the shirt. Tell others about our cause. Share photos from the event with us and others. ASCF photos are available to view on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amschwand-Sarcoma-Cancer-Foundation/225192314210733. Do your part. We can win the FIGHT against sarcoma together.
FIGHT GIVE LIVE
LING FAMILY PROVIDES 30 NIGHTS OF FREE FURNISHED HOUSING TO AN OUT-OF-TOWN SARCOMA FAMILY
For the second year, the Ling family (Penelope, Henry & Eric, with support from their parents & grandparents) requested donations in lieu of birthday gifts be made to the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation in memory of their beloved uncle, brother and son. Ben Ling who was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma at age 23 sadly never had the opportunity to meet his beautiful niece and nephews whose annual party celebrates his memory, but no doubt his spirit lives on through the legacy the family has established. At the family's request, funds raised will provide an entire month of free furnished housing for an out-of-town sarcoma patient's family seeking care in the Texas Medical Center.
Since its inception, ASCF has recognized both the emotional and financial toll that a diagnosis of cancer has on the family. ASCF is able to offer tangible support through the Housing Program due to the generosity and compassion of our benefactors. For more information on ASCF's housing program, visit the Housing Program page of our website. To make a donation, visit our Donations page.
Exotic handbag and accessories designer extraordinaire and sarcoma survivor Alexandra Knight shares information in her Style File about the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation and its co-founder Melissa Amschwand Bellinger.
GREAT NEWS! Attendees of the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation's 2013 Catwalk for a Cure awareness event and gala received the favor of all party favors, compliments of brilliant and generous designer Elie Tahari. Now, thanks to the munificent Mr. Tahari, ASCF supporters will have another opportunity to score the raved-about Savannah fold-over leather and/or suede clutch. For a limited time only, ASCF will provide a Savannah clutch as a "thank you" with a minimum donation of $250. See the variety of colors currently available and make your donation today, while supplies last.
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Request for Proposals -- Grant applicants, download the research grant application and read this important note. As a matter of policy, the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation does not allow for grants that include requests for institutional overhead. Read the full institutional overhead policy.
Important Message to Sarcoma Patients If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a sarcoma, we urge you to consult an expert who sees many Sarcoma patients each month. Such doctors are found at specialist hospitals particularly NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. For a list of such centers, click here. This is the single most important piece of advice or information we can offer.
Sarcoma Survivors Starter Notebook Click here to download.