The Sarcoma Alliance is deeply grateful for the continuing support for our work by the following corporations.
In January 2012, Merck gave the Sarcoma Alliance $15,000 to enhance its Peer to Peer Program. These funds will be used to develop a brochure for the program and to make much needed software improvements to the administration of the program. This will greatly increase staff efficiency and make the job of finding optimal matches much easier.
In January 2011 Genentech awarded a $15,000 grant to make improvements to our website. We will be implementing a new chat room that will allow us to fully moderate guest experts, make some functional changes to our Peer to Peer program, add a new caregiver section, and to update and reorganize existing content on our website. In 2008 Genentech provided generous support that made major changes to our website and the programs and services it supports.
ZIOPHARM Oncology awarded a $10,000 grant in January 2013 in support of the Sarcoma Alliance Assistance Fund program. This follows grants of $10,000 in 2012 and $5,000 in 2011. The grant will help support program costs and allow us to continue outreach activities. Ziopharm is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of a diverse portfolio of cancer therapeutics. The Company is currently focused on several clinical programs.
Palifosfamide (Zymafos(tm) or ZIO-201) is a novel DNA cross-linker in class with bendamustine, ifosfamide, and cyclophosphamide. ZIOPHARM is currently enrolling patients in a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled Phase III trial with palifosfamide administered intravenously for the treatment of metastatic soft tissue sarcoma in the front-line setting. The company is also currently conducting a Phase I intravenous study of palifosfamide in combination with standard of care addressing small cell lung cancer and an oral form of the drug for treatment of solid tumors is currently in the advanced preclinical stage of development.
Darinaparsin (Zinapar(tm) or ZIO-101) is a novel mitochondrial-targeted agent (organic arsenic) being developed intravenously for the treatment of relapsed peripheral T-cell lymphoma likely with a two-stage potentially pivotal study expected to begin in late 2011. An oral form is in a Phase I trial in solid tumors.
Indibulin (Zybulin(tm) or ZIO-301) is a novel, oral tubulin binding agent that is expected to have several potential benefits including oral dosing, application in multi-drug resistant tumors, no neuropathy and a quite tolerable toxicity profile. It is currently being studied in Phase I/II in metastatic breast cancer.
ZIOPHARM is also pursuing the development of novel DNA-based therapeutics in the field of cancer pursuant to an exclusive channel partnership with Intrexon Corporation. The partnership includes two existing clinical-stage product candidates, the first of which is in a Phase Ib study and the second entering Phase I study.
ZIOPHARM’s operations are located in Boston, MA and Germantown, MD with an executive office in New York City. Further information about ZIOPHARM may be found at http://www.ziopharm.com.
Brush Dance develops products that combine powerful and playful words and images that act as daily reminders, that inspire, connect, challenge, and support. In the near future they will be selling a line of holiday greeting cards with the proceeds donated to the Sarcoma Alliance.
Penni Gladstone helped us update our store, providing us with professionally shot images of our t-shirts, sunflower seeds, and other products. Penni is an award winning photojournalist and twice nominated for the Pulitzer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, Time, Marie Claire. Penni is available for corporate shoots, family portraits, and special events. Penni can be reached at Penni@PenniGladstone.com or by telephone at (415) 706-6960.
Joe Bark, the premier designer and maker of paddleboards, has generously provided paddleboards for our raffle during the Ocean of Hope campaign. He has been a long time supporter and for those who have seen his board know that they are not only functional (used by all the top paddleboarders) but are works are art.
Lifefactory is a new proud sponsor in 2012 and sets out to develop the safest and most beautiful reusable hydration system on the planet. Their bottles are designed to grow with families from cradle to table. To ensure safety, all of their products are made from materials that are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, polycarbonate, lead and latex. No compromises. Glass offers the best taste, is the safest material to drink from and is built to last a lifetime. That’s Lifefactory.
Zico a proud sponsor of the Ocean of Hope is on a mission to tell the world that Mother Nature knows a few things about sports drinks. The result: ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water. Atheltes drink ZICO daily (lots of it!), know it works, and Zico want to help others make the switch to ZICO too. Zico also thinks coconut water can become an important alternative agricultural product for the developing world and are committed to bring you ZICO in a socially and environmentally responsible and sustainable way.
The Comedy and Magic Club has supported the Ocean of Hope Campaign by donating VIP tickets to our raffle. Located in Hermosa Beach, CA the club hosts local and internationally famous comedians and magicians including regular appearances by Jay Leno.
For the past few years Fujifilm has generously provided in-kind support for photography services at our Ocean of Hope event in Manhattan Beach.
Samy’s Camera has donated film processing and printing as well a CDs of all pictures taken at the Catalina Classic.
Amazing Grass, based in San Francisco, is the nation’s premier producer of organic green superfoods for the entire family. Their whole food products provide nutrition and energy to active people by connecting health, nutrition, and the environment. They are providing drink powders and energy bars to paddlers on our Ocean of Hope team.
Function Drinks, based in Redondo Beach, is providing sport drinks to the Ocean of Hope paddlers. Their innovative drinks release energy over time helping to assure maximum performance.
Kona Brewing Company has been a proud sponsor of the Sarcoma Alliance since 2010. They were a sponsor of the first Annual Ocean of Hope Gala on June 12, 2010 in Palos Verdes, CA and are continuing their commitment in 2013 with support of the gala on March 23, 2013 in Hermosa Beach. Kona Brewing, based in Hawaii, is committed to producing the finest hand crafted beers using sustainable practices.
Pyramid Breweries is a proud sponsor of the First Annual Ocean of Hope Gala on June 12, 2010 in Palos Verdes, CA. Pyramid, based in Seattle, is committed to using the freshest, high quality ingredients in an eco-friendly manner.
Vestal collections are watches, eyewear, softgoods & accessories that fine-tune style and expression for the musically inspired individual. Established in 1997, Vestal is marketed and branded through friends, musicians, artists, and athletes who are immersed within music culture. Vestal can be found in specialty stores and finer boutiques around the world.
Ariad provided support for the Peer to Peer Program with four grants to get the program up and running. Since that time almost 1,000people from all 50 states and from over 20 countries have signed up. We continue to receive feedback on how valuable this program is and thank Ariad for its generosity.
Autodesk has supported the Sarcoma Alliance a number of times so that we could make technical changes to our website.
Novartis has supported the Sarcoma Alliances activities to increase cooperation and coordination of sarcoma advocacy groups under the International Sarcoma Patient Advocate Network (iSPAN).
Pfizer has been a supporter of our Ocean of Hope campaign underwriting some of our expenses.