Raise Sarcoma Awareness
July is Sarcoma Awareness Month.
Are you interested in spreading sarcoma awareness?
Would you like to lend your ideas and time to help others?
July is a great month to raise awareness. However, sarcoma diagnoses occur every day, and you can raise awareness anytime!
Many people—medical professionals included—are not familiar with sarcomas or the Sarcoma Alliance. By educating yourself and others, engaging in different activities, and raising awareness, you not only support those affected by sarcoma but are delivering information that has the potential to save lives.
Below are some ideas to get you started.
Challenge Your Community
Create a challenge or contest to do with your coworkers, classmates, friends, or family to raise awareness and educate others. Be as creative as you can based on your interests, skills, or connections.
Whether you like to cook, paint, sculpt, build, screen-print, or sew, you can use your creations to raise awareness. Bring your products to a local market, start an online Etsy shop, post them on Instagram, or even hand them out at your local grocery store or civic center. The sky’s the limit!
Deck out a space with decorations and signs for Sarcoma Awareness Month (July). We have created ready-made signs in both 12″x18″ and 24″x36″ dimensions that are perfect for displaying on a door, window, lawn, in a park, or wherever else! To print these signs, download the size you wish, upload to Vistaprint, and order.
Knowledge is power. Help people get connected to sarcoma centers, support groups, and other resources they need by distributing information. Reach out to us to request brochures that you can distribute at conferences, events, local clinics, hospitals, and community centers. Write an educational article or share information via communications outlets. Compile resources you think would be helpful for our website.
Whether you climb, run, paddle, swim, walk, throw darts, or play table tennis, you can raise awareness by setting a personal goal or joining a local event or competition. Turn it into a team effort by inviting your colleagues, friends, or family to join you or to cheer you on. If you are up for an extra challenge, you can even create your own campaign on GoFundMe and select the Sarcoma Alliance as your charity of choice.
Harness Social Media’s Power
Put that posting and liking towards sarcoma awareness. Share facts, stories, pictures, or memes. See our Facebook or Instagram for ideas. Include relevant hashtags: #sarcoma #sarcomacancer #sarcomaawareness #sarcomaawarenessmonth #julyissarcomaawarenessmonth #sarcomastories #sarcomaresearch #sarcomasurvivor #sarcomathriver #sarcomastrong #sarcomaalliance
Host an Event
Feeling ambitious? Host an event of your choice to raise awareness and funds for the Sarcoma Alliance. Supporters have previously held bake sales, benefit concerts, golf tournaments, and even sunset walks on the beach. Love to cook? Host a dinner party or a cookoff. Love dancing or visual arts? Organize a performance, workshop or exhibition. Love facts and tidbits? Host a trivia night.
Ask neighbors, local businesses, your city, or even an airport to display yellow lights in honor of those affected by sarcoma. There are lots of creative ways you can encourage everyone to light up your town, trees, or fields in yellow.
Support the sarcoma community one bottle at a time when you purchase from our partner, Jessica Pajak, at ONEHOPE Wine. Jessica’s daughter, Emma, is a sarcoma survivor. Now their family is on a mission to help others. For each purchase of wine you make, 10% will be donated to the Sarcoma Alliance—and the Pajak family will match that. Whether you’re planning on stocking up at home or hosting a celebration, wine not purchase a drink that gives back?
Sunflowers are a symbol used by sarcoma communities around the globe to remind those affected that there is hope for a brighter future. Add sunflowers to your garden or living space. Gift seed packets to friends or neighbors. Get creative and splash them onto cards, dishes, walls, windows, or wherever else you see fit. You could also hand out sunflowers or seeds with our Sunflower Days cards or create your own.
As you know, sarcoma is rare. Finding others who have experienced a similar situation can be challenging at times. Give another person the opportunity to talk to someone who’s been there. Sign up to become a Mentor Angel with our partner, Imerman Angels. You could also join a sarcoma support group or even start your own.
Sport Our Merch
We have a variety of goods available on our online shop. Whether you’re looking for jewelry, masks, or t-shirts, you can incorporate sarcoma awareness into your outfits or gift giving.
Tell Your Story
Sarcoma storytelling is an important tool for awareness and bringing people together. Sharing your experiences with sarcoma is an incredible gift for others and lets them know they are not alone. Whether you jot down a few lines occasionally, create a photo series, document your journey on social media, or share with the Sarcoma Alliance, know that your story has the potential to bring hope and change lives.
Help monitor our Facebook Support Group, plan the Sarcoma Exchange, delve into marketing and fundraising strategies, or think through ways we can best serve the sarcoma community. We are always ready to welcome people to our team and have several activities and committees you could plug into. To see opportunities or express your interest, fill out our Volunteer Sign-Up form.
Many people choose to wear yellow in honor of those affected by sarcoma. Go classic by sporting yellow clothing, get funky with yellow hair accessories, dyes, or weaves, or get creative with some makeup. Looking for some inspiration? Glam by Katelyn created a beautiful look for Sarcoma Awareness Month.