Our Founders

The Sarcoma Alliance and all of its programs exist because of the tireless work of Suzanne Leider RN, who lost her 10-year battle with synovial sarcoma in August 2002 at the age of 35. Suzanne founded this organization in her home’s living room with a vision of creating a community to support this special, underserved group of people. The Alliance also builds on the work of Wendy Sommers, a 15-year sarcoma survivor who passed away in March of 1999. Wendy founded and operated the former Sarcoma Foundation. She shared treatment information, wisdom, and inspiration with many individuals. Thanks to Suzanne, Wendy, and many others including Wendy’s husband Kevin Plottner, the Alliance has brought vital resources and voice to the sarcoma community.