General Sarcoma Patient Stories

  • Maria Bento

    Maria Bento

    Maria Bento and her husband, Jose, left Portugal in 1973 and moved to America - the land of opportunity. Once here, they built both a close-knit family and a successful construction business in Philadelphia. Maria, a strong-willed woman, has learned many lessons over the years. Most importantly, to trust her gut and to question the decisions of others. That lesson might have saved her life.

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  • Abu-Methuselah Bradley

    Abu-Methuselah Bradley


    At 6’4” inches tall and a trim 208 pounds, Abu-Methuselah Bradley was the epitome of good health.  An athlete with a muscular build, this pharmaceutical sales representative and part-time church pastor enjoyed bike-riding, running and other outdoor activities. In September, 2013, at the age of 39, this married father of two noticed blood in his urine and took quick action. “I went right to the ER,” said Abu. “They ran some tests but couldn’t really tell me what was wrong.”

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  • Hank Gross

    Hank Gross

    In 2004, Hank Gross was told he'd be lucky to be alive in 2 to 4 years. Before this, Hank had been Director of Family Therapy Training at New York University Medical Center. "I taught classes, organized conferences and seminars, and monitored training sites I developed," recalled Hank. "Basically, during this time, there was a l0-pound tumor sitting on my kidney (a retro-peritoneal sarcoma), so the entire organ had to be removed."

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  • Jean Hankee

    Jean Hankee

    Myxoid Sarcoma

    In 2011, Jean Hankee noticed a strange-looking vein on her right shin. At first, she said it looked like an “empty" varicose vein. “I thought it was just something that happened as I was getting older,” said Jean, who was 71 at the time.

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  • Mary Marczely

    Mary Marczely

    Soft Tissue Sarcoma

    Mary Marczely races to cross the finish line. The West Grove, PA resident has run 13 races in the past three years.  But the contest that meant the most to her was the race against the cancer she was diagnosed with in August 2010. Mary, a busy mother of two sons age two and four at the time, started experiencing an odd tingling sensation in her left calf and foot.  The discomfort grew into pain and numbness.  “I showed my sister-in-law what looked like an indentation in my leg,” she recalled. “She’s a nurse and I’m a pharmacist, and we both knew something wasn’t right.”

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