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Sarcoma research funds raised and key message spread through Kalin Foley Cup

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 2:13 PM

The Falcons District and Sock it to Sarcoma wish to extend thanks to all District Clubs, their committees and local families for support of the Odd Socks Day held on August 22/23 and to the Wanneroo and Ocean Ridge Junior Football Clubs for their succesful hosting of the 4th Annual Kalin Foley Cup.

It's time to drop in your collected donations:

Football players accross the district were asked to wear odd socks last weekend and donate a gold coing donation (to be collected by team managers).

Please arrange to drop the funds to the West Perth Football Club Office before 5pm next Tuesday 1st September so that money can be sent to Sock it to Sarcoma.

It is with pleasure we can announce that more than $2000 was raised at the Wanneroo event (Kalin Foley Cup) alone.

For more information contact Andrew Ridley on 0402 794 026


Kalin Foley was in Year Seven in 2012 when he was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue paediatric sarcoma called Rhabdomyosarcoma after a suspected injury in a game of football. Kalin played for Wanneroo Junior Football Club for many years & attended school at Prendiville Catholic College with many Ocean Ridge Junior Football Club players.   Kalin lost his battle at 15 years of age last September after an extensive treatment regime and one hell of a fight.  
With the blessing of Kalin’s parents Paul and Brigette the West Perth Football District, Wanneroo Junior Football Club and Ocean Ridge Junior Football Club will run the 4th Annual Kalin Foley Cup over the weekend of the 22-23rd August at Wanneroo Showgrounds.   
The Kalin Foley Cup aims to raise awareness of Sarcoma’s and funds for Sarcoma research in Western Australia. The West Perth Football District and WA Football Commission have a reason close to home to be involved, with Kalin’s diagnosis arising following injury in a local football game.  
Football Clubs across Perth’s North are encouraged to join and support the event by wearing odd socks on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August with local players asked to donate a gold coin donation to be collected by Team Managers. Players are encouraged to wear one of their club/team socks accompanied by an odd sock on the other foot – joining the “Sock it to Sarcoma” theme.  
  • Football helps to raise funds and awareness for Sarcoma Research
  • Football clubs and teams across Perth’s north encouraged to join in and wear odd socks and donate important funds for Sarcoma Research
  • Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August 2015
  • All money goes directly to “Sock it to Sarcoma” to fund Sarcoma awareness 
“Anyone’s life can change in an instant, imagine hearing that you have or your child has a sarcoma. The treatment is long, challenging and complex, testing even the strongest of us. The research done by those dedicated in the field have changed the outcome from this devastating form of cancer. You can help change the life of someone by lending a helping hand so research can progress towards a cure.” - Dr Fiona Wood
  • Sarcoma is a group of over 50 rare and often aggressive cancerous tumours, usually found in bone or soft tissue
  • Sarcoma make up about 1% of adult cancers but 15% of paediatric cancers and 10% of cancers in the 15-25 age group
  • Despite this, Sarcoma research receives less than 1% of the cancer research funds
  • Early symptoms are usually vague and patients are often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed until the disease is well advanced    

Sarcoma is a group of rare primary bone and soft tissue tumours, given a number of different names depending on the type of tissue from which they arise.

Examples of soft tissue sarcomas are: leiomyosarcoma (from smooth muscle); liposarcoma (from fat); chondrosarcoma (from cartilage); rhabdomyosarcoma, angiosarcoma (blood vessels) and synovial sarcoma, whilst osteosarcoma and Ewings’s Sarcoma arise from bone.
There are over 30 variants of bone cancer, and over 70 variations of all Sarcomas. Some varieties most commonly arise in children, adolescents and young adults and in adults over the age of 55.

The causes of Sarcoma, including whether or not there are any underlying genetic links, are not yet established. This is the reason why more research into the molecular biology and etiology is so crucial. In the case of Ewing’s Sarcoma, it is known that there is a translocation of genes 11 and 22, but the reason for this is still undetermined.

There are approximately 800 new cases diagnosed each year in Australia which account for approximately 1% of all adult malignancies and 15% of paediatric malignancies.

Common symptoms of Sarcoma can include:

  • a swelling or lump, which may or may not be painful and which changes in size
  • a pain in the back or limb that appears to have no cause
  • unrelieved pain when at rest, particularly at night
  • weight loss
  • fatigue

They can often be attributed to a sports injury or other causes. If you notice any changes in your body, go and see your doctor. If you’re worried that your concerns aren’t being taken seriously, keep going back, go and see a different doctor or find someone else to talk to. With Sarcoma, the quicker the diagnosis, the better!

Don’t be afraid to take control of your health!

  • Sock It To Sarcoma! is a Perth-based organisation dedicated to raising money and awareness about Sarcoma
  • It was the brainchild of Abbie Basson, who at the age of 17 was diagnosed with stage four metastatic Ewing's Sarcoma.
  • Abbie had never heard of sarcoma and after discovering little was being done about the disease, set about raising money for research.
  • After a three year battle with the disease, Abbie passed away in 2011 but her family continued her work and Sock It To Sarcoma! was born.
  • Sock It To Sarcoma! works in partnership with the Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research