On April 18, 2015, more than 1,000 participants and volunteers gathered at Christ Lutheran Church for the Sarcoma Stomp 5K Run and 3K Walk, hosted by the Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research. The event honors the memory and legacy of Paula Tipton Takacs, who lost her battle to liposarcoma in April 2014.  Proceeds from the Sarcoma Stomp will benefit the Paula Takacs Fund for Sarcoma Research at Levine Cancer Institute. Since 2013, this fund has initiated two new clinical trials (currently in the approval process).
Joined by sarcoma survivors and advocates from across the country, one group of young fundraisers were especially inspirational to Sarcoma Stomp participants. Inspired by the work of her father—Dr. Edward Kim of Levine Cancer Institute—13 year-old Alyssa Kim organized one of the largest teams at the Sarcoma Stomp. Alyssa and fellow classmates from Charlotte Latin formed “Hawks for Hope”, in support of the Paula Takacs Fund.


A special thanks for the continued support of Presenting Sponsor Babson Capital and event sponsors WSOC-TV, Traci Zeller Designs, Wells Fargo Capital Finance, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Go Play Save and Massage Envy.