Runner Who Crossed Country to Support Sarcoma Awareness Visits Albany Med
Jan. 31, 2014 — Ultrarunner Landon Cooper, who ran more than 3,000 miles last year to support research for a rare and debilitating cancer, was joined at Albany Medical Center today by the Albany Med doctor who supplied expert support to the cause and a Saratoga Springs girl who was diagnosed with that cancer in 2010.
Cooper ran from California to Maryland in 157 days to raise funds to support research on sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissues. He was joined today in Albany by Kristen Shinebarger, an 11-year-old sarcoma survivor and her family, and Matthew DiCaprio, M.D., who serves as Albany Med’s director of Orthopaedic Oncology and also practices at Capital Region Orthopaedics. Dr. DiCaprio served as the sarcoma expert for Cooper’s 2013 run.
Cooper, who took up the cause after losing a co-worker to Ewing’s sarcoma, dedicated a day of his journey last year to Kristen.
“The forgotten cancer is now a little more known by countless people across the county and the world,” Cooper said. “I went out to protect the stories of the warriors and highlight the true heroes. My 2013 running team, Ryan Priest, John McKay and I were honored to run for inspiring warriors such as Kristen.”
“It’s wonderful in a sense — and not just for my daughter,” said Marc Shinebarger, Kristen’s father. “Often you think, ‘We are the only people affected by the disease.’ Then you see how many people it has touched.”
Sarcoma affects about 12,000 Americans annually, most of them children. In Albany Med’s 25-county region, there are nearly 50 new sarcoma cases each year.
“It’s a disease that just doesn’t get any attention,” said Dr. DiCaprio. “What Landon is doing to raise awareness is showing what someone with their health can do for others fighting to survive the evil effects of cancer.”
Cooper is the founder of http://miles2give.org/, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness in the fight against sarcoma. He discussed a planned 2014 run and his recently released documentary “Pursuit to Give & Inspire.”
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