Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 Calendars for sale!

BeatSarcoma, Fun Run and Sarcoma Cup calendars are ready for sale on the BeatSarcoma online store.

100% of the proceeds from these sales will go to BeatSarcoma.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sarcoma Cup 2009 Shirts for Sale

You can still buy Sarcoma Cup 2009 Shirts online on the BeatSarcoma store

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Initial Sarcoma Cup Photos Posted

More to come over the next few days - check back regularly for updates!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Patient Education Program - August 12th at 6PM PST

A Team Approach for Treating Sarcoma in Children and Adults that will be posted on August 12th at 6:00pm PST. Sponsored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, you will hear more about the importance of a multidisciplinary team and common overlaps between treating children and adults with sarcoma. With Dr. Chappie Conrad

To hear this program, along with many other programs, visit our website at All programs are hosted by 13-year leukemia survivor, and founder of Patient Power, Andrew Schorr.

Patient Power also provides such programs 'on demand' for the benefit of patients.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Donate $1 to the Sarcoma Cup - send $5 to Sarcoma Research

Give $1 to the Sarcoma Cup - and the energy of our volunteers will strive to transform it into $5 for sarcoma research! The Sarcoma Cup is a multiplier of your generosity!!!

Please enter the four numbers printed in black ink above the embossed account number on the front of your American Express card.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Please Help BeatSarcoma By Writing a Review for the 'Cancer Fighters Award'

Dear fellow racer toward a cure,

Thank you so much for all the help you have given BeatSarcoma in the past couple of years - we are off to a great start and are super excited about the future. We are getting ready for the Sarcoma Cup 2009 - -

It would mean a lot to us if you can help us gain visibility in the nonprofit community by writing a small review: The deadline for this is July 31st

This could be a great tool for volunteers who may consider working with us in the future, donors and sponsors who will consider how responsibly we have treated the money and resources they entrusted us with - as well as research institutions who may approach us in the future with promising projects.

For some of you, this is a reminder - feel free to circulate this among anyone who has come to know our organization. Full context below.

On behalf of our entire organization, I thank you.

Nat Criou
President and Founder
BeatSarcoma Inc.

---------- Forwarded message ----------



It's been a whole week since the launch of the 2009 Cancer Fighters Awards. Check out your reviews, if any, at

If you don’t yet have any reviews, there is still time to take advantage of this completely FREE opportunity! (See which cancer fighting nonprofits are in the lead right now at

Make your work visible to potential supporters and donors. Ask your volunteers, clients, donors, and board members to post reviews about their experiences with you!

Whether you are a local organization or a national one, you can gain visibility by participating in the 2009 Cancer Fighters Awards. This opportunity is completely FREE of charge.

The nonprofits with the most positive reviews within their size category – small (less than $250K in budget), medium ($250K – $1M) or large (more than $1M) – or their geographic region, posted by July 31, 2009 will be featured on GreatNonprofits, Planet Cancer, AND on, the premier site for philanthropic research. All reviews will also appear on your GuideStar nonprofit report.

You can also later use these reviews in your marketing, fundraising, and brochures!

This is an opportunity for you to engage your stakeholders – clients, volunteers, board members, donors and others. They can share their experiences with one another and the larger public.

And individuals who participate have a chance to win great wellness prizes such as a free copy of "Everything Changes: The Insider's Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s" by Kairol Rosenthal, free milk for a year from Organic Valley Farms, delicious baked goods from Dancing Deer Baking Co., spa packages from Osmosis Day Spa and Sanctuary, hotel stays from Joie de Vivre Hotels, and more!

Gain visibility and take this opportunity to engage your community.


Perla Ni

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sarcoma Cup 2009 Registration has opened!

Fellow Sailors,

The Richmond Yacht Club and BeatSarcoma would like to invite you to the 2009 Sarcoma Cup, on August 22 and 23. There will be some great sailing and some great dockside activities.

What a great value for only $1.25/ft (that's $31.25 for 25 footer, or $46.25 for a 37 footer)

  • Sailing World Magazine and other goodies in your skipper packet
  • One Design, PHRF and Cruising Division with mark racing on Saturday and long distance racing 'the island of hope' on Sunday
  • Free Wine Bar - and good ones! and free gourmet coffee (and pastries on Saturday!)
  • Free Massage
  • Live Jazz Band on the dock and Live Rock Band in the evening
  • High Value Sponsored Prizes - the winner gets a FREE HAUL OUT - here is the full list of awards

AND, win more goodies at the Raffle. Prizes include Garmin GPS 75, Sony XR3500-II car stereo, Painting, a Logitech Webcam and much more!

AND, participate in our silent auction. Items include high value sailing items, Painting, restaurant gift certificates, premium wine, home cleaning services, personalized stationary, art glass and more!

It's not all! We will be holding a RUMMAGE SALE - get great deals on sailing parts and gear or bring yours to donate! It's all tax deductible.

100% of the proceeds from the event will go to sarcoma research. Last year's event raised over $18,500. With your help, we can double that. And all you have to do is HAVE FUN!

Mark Lowry, Sarcoma Cup Regatta Chair & Nathalie Criou, BeatSarcoma President

Monday, June 29, 2009

Terry Fox - Osteosarcoma Patient and Canada Legend

Terry Fox died from osteosarcoma at age 22 - and according to Wikipedia, in 2004, Fox was vote 2nd place on the The Greatest Canadian.

John Brennan - "The Never Say Die Kid"

Courtesy of Nike film and video team

John died of osteosarcoma at age 21, a few years ago. Like a lot of sarcoma patients, he was an active athletic young adult.

Monday, May 11, 2009

BeatSarcoma launches an online store! BeatSarcoma lance une boutique en ligne!


BeatSarcoma lance une boutique en ligne! Achetez des chemises, T-shirts, casquettes, auto-collants, puzzles, tasses, sacs, aidez la recherche contre le sarcome!


BeatSarcoma Launches an online store. You can buy shirts, sweaters, caps, past event gear, Elise gear, pet bowls, magnets, stickers, puzzles, playing cards, cards, mugs, bags - and do good!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Privacy Policy Update

We have updated our Privacy Policy to document our use of Google Analytics as our web analytics solution

You can access the English version ou en Francais - and do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about it (info [at] beatsarcoma [dot] org)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

BeatSarcoma Fun Run 2009 Photos

The first half of the photos from the Fun Run, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco are available online: here

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

BeatSarcoma Fun Run 2009 results posted!

Thank you everyone for making our second Fun Run a great success. The weather was fabulous, the skateboarders kind enough to add music and our volunteers were all smiles. 

We are still finalizing the accounting but so far, it looks like the event has raised over $9,000!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Examiner talks about the BeatSarcoma Fun Run

Personal Best: Running for life and sarcoma

By David Liepman
Special to The Examiner 3/22/09

SAN FRANCISCO – After being rammed by an 80-ton sperm whale, Nathalie Criou’s boat had capsized.

Criou and her crew were delivering a sailboat from Hawaii to San Francisco in the summer of 2006 when the boat sank. Adrift for a day on a life raft in shark-infested waters, Criou had no idea that this experience would prepare her for an even greater challenge. Read More...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March 22nd: 10% off at Sports Basement - benefiting BeatSarcoma Fun Run 2009

When: March 22 – 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM

Where: Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA, United States

Sponsored By: BeatSarcoma


BeatSarcoma is glad to invite you to our:

Kick off party for BeatSarcoma Fun Run

On Sunday March 22nd  from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

At Sports Basement 1590 Bryant St, San Francisco.

  • 10% discount at the store
  • 10% of the revenues from your purchases will go to the sarcoma research (of these 100% to sarcoma research)
  • Free drinks, beers, and snacks will be provided

You can pick up your bib if you are already registered for the BeatSarcoma Fun Run or you can register for the Fun Run during the party.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Newsletter 2009

We have published our 2009 Newsletter - you can access it by clicking on the link below:

Happy reading!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Navigating through cancer" - Stanford talks about BeatSarcoma


"Dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen"* raises over $600 for BeatSarcoma

"When you are little, death never really crosses your mind. Swimming in the pool, drinking lemonade and eating popsicles when you are 6 aren’t exactly the moments in life when one explores deeper into the meaning of life and the possibility of death. It especially never plagued me. My childhood was relatively normal. I was never hit with any sorrow or strife. I had my friends and I had my family. Nobody was ill, nobody was suffering. My only worries were where I had left my Barbies or if it would be warm enough for me to go swimming (in Texas though, this problem rarely was an issue).

I feel that for Andy and Nikki Philips, this probably was their only issue at the time as well. Living just a few minutes away from each other, seemingly every summer day consisted of playing with them. My memories of our little play dates are limited and hazy, but whenever I think about them, although I can not recount exactly what we did, I still feel love and warmth in my heart. As we grew older, we grew away from each other as well. We were still close, and whenever I saw them I enjoyed every moment of it. However due to house relocations and the increasing amount of school work one tends to find as they graduate elementary school, those moments slowly decreased. 

We heard that Andy had Osteosarcoma in November of 2007. Andy’s primary tumor was found in his upper left humerus and he had reverse total shoulder surgery on January 29th 2008. He had aggressive chemotherapy in February 2008, continuing for quite a number of months. Intense radiation in September 2008 alleviated much pain. However two months later his journey ended at home in the loving care of his family. When I heard of his passing, my child-like naivety was shattered. What do you mean he has died? No, that’s impossible, he’s only a kid! Death was always just a second thought for me. I knew it existed, I knew it would happen, but never to someone who was my age. We had visited him during my spring break of 2008 and he seemed in high spirits. He was talkative, laughing, smiling—acting like a kid. It reminded me of how when we were kids, Andy, Nikki and I would all play and laugh and giggle. I remembered how happy he was then. Nothing made us grieve or worry. Life was simple and we enjoyed living it.

Having someone so young taken from us made me realize how precious life truly is, how delicate it is and how easily it can be taken from us. I think of it as a gift now, as a wonderful little present wrapped in a beautiful pink bow. So when my birthday approached in February, I thought of what I truly wanted and I realized all I wanted was to enjoy and celebrate life. I wanted to celebrate those many popsicles I had eaten and those hours I had swum with Andy and Nikki. I wanted to just enjoy living life again, simple and fun. I wanted my guests to have fun and, even it was for just a few hours, be able to act like kids again. And what’s more fun than rollerblading? Turning 17, I figured the ABBA song "Dancing Queen" would be fitting, since in the song she is turning 17.

We all acted goofy, dressing up and falling down as we turned corners. We had fun and we laughed. Andy had always been funny and loving. He had a warm heart and was always making jokes. Andy had requested that when he passed to donate to BeatSarcoma. To honor him, not as a cancer victim but as a fun and loving child, I would give to BeatSarcoma. I requested that my guests bring $10 to donate instead of presents. Andy had given us love and light and laughter and we should do the same. 

Even when he was in the hospital when last I saw him about a year ago, his spirit and bright smile touched my heart. My birthday party was not a celebration of my turning 17, but of Andy being with us. Instead of dwelling on what we lost, I saw what we gained while he was here. I remembered how we would play and laugh and giggle and be kids. Although sometimes that pang of grief strikes just the right place in my heart, the warmth from those memories tends to mend my heart after it has had its few moments of sorrow. 

Life is precious and should be treated protectively, but it’s not something we can't enjoy. You can have your birthday cake and eat it too. And although sometimes we might hit a few sour patches in the dough, that cake is still covered in icing and sprinkles. On February 12th 2009 from 9 to 11pm, everybody only saw the sprinkles. In the end we raised $635 for BeatSarcoma. But the true intent of my party was to remember Andy, to have fun and laugh.

Live, laugh and love! Life is too short not to…"

By Maria Sterrett with parental authorization

* Chorus lyrics from 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA


And thank you for being such an inspiration for us all.

The BeatSarcoma Team

You too can set up fundraising parties or event - for more info, you can contact us at or visit our website:

Monday, February 9, 2009

MD Anderson Webcast: Sarcoma and Osteosarcoma

Here are a couple of webcasts discussing sarcoma and osteosarcoma with medical experts from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  All of their programs are entirely free for downloading or streaming. 

For more information and to listen, visit the links below:

Also, all Patient Power sarcoma replays are available at:

Saturday, February 7, 2009

BeatSarcoma made a $11,000 research gift to Stanford

At the end of last year, BeatSarcoma presented Charlotte Jacobs, M.D., Drs Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, a $11,000 check specifically for sarcoma research.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Registration now open for BeatSarcoma Fun Run - March 29, 2009

You can now register online for the BeatSarcoma Fun Run 2009!
You can also donate online or become a fundraiser:

When: March 29, 2009 - 8:30AM start for 10K. 9:00AM start for 5K
Where: Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
What: 10K - for runners only and 5K for runners, walkers, strollers, flowers, etc...

What is great about it!
1) Free t-shirts to all finishers
2) Free massage to all participants
3) Kids category!  - with a medals and a prize!
4) Prizes and /or medals available for top finishers:
5) Awards for the top fundraiser:
  • $200 Gift certificate from San Remo Hotel
  • Day sail on the Bay for 2, wine included
And check out the event page

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Regatta Photoshoot for BeatSarcom'Art

Rich Cox generously offered his talent and his time, shooting a regatta on San Francisco Bay - to support sarcoma research. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these photographs will go to BeatSarcoma, "for the cause".

View the pictures:


If you are interested in participating in BeatSarcom'Art, please email us!