As we celebrate this holiday season and look forward to the New Year, many of us are filled with joy and anticipation for what lies ahead. However, for some, receiving a sarcoma diagnosis can be life-altering and devastating. Here are some stories of hope from sarcoma survivors who have continued to live full and vibrant lives long after a diagnosis. Julie Rose, Kraig Kuusinen and Ralph Clare have all inspired others to pay-it-forward and live life to the fullest.
Julie Rose was just four years old when she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. She continued treatment into kindergarten and is fortunate to have been cancer free ever since. She has been in remission for over thirty years and counting. Julie leads a very full and active life as a wife, mother of two beautiful girls, full-time employee and very active volunteer with Rein in Sarcoma. Julie is a board member and has volunteered with Rein in Sarcoma for the past eight years. She inspires others by openly sharing her personal sarcoma story and lending her hand to various Rein in Sarcoma committees including the Talent and Resource Committee and the Patient and Family Support Committee. Julie also volunteers every summer with our big summer event Party in the Park. Julie says, “I am blessed to be able to share my experiences with others, and I hope that there is something in my story that might give some hope to someone else. Things happen to each and every one of us, but at the end of the day we choose where the story goes from there.”