May 22, 2017
The eighth annual New York City Wendy Walk took place on Sunday, May 21st. Patients, friends and family members impacted by sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissues, gathered at Tavern on the Green for breakfast followed by a scenic walk in Central Park. Funds raised from this event support ACGT Clinical Investigator, Dr. Crystal Mackall, Associate Director of the Stanford Cancer Institute at Stamford University. The Wendy Walk grant is being used to test an improved version of modified T cells in osteosarcoma and neuroblastoma, and to better understand the critical factors needed for the success of immunotherapy for solid tumors in general, particularly sarcoma.
Wendy Walk was founded in honor of Wendy Landes, who lost her battle to liposarcoma in 2013. Her children, Ali, Matt and Jackie, created Wendy Walk in 2010 to raise funds to support sarcoma research and build awareness of this rare disease so that others might have a better chance to survive. Since 2010, Wendy Walk has raised more than $3.5 million. An average of 3,000 participants participate each year in their walks in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami Beach, and Park City, Utah. For more information, visit www.wendywalk.org.