Finding a cure for sarcomas and other solid tumor cancers

We support research for less toxic, personalized cancer therapies.

More than
granted for cancer research and trials
new cancer therapies
of lives


What type of research does the Rutledge Cancer Foundation support?

Translational research applies findings from basic science to enhance human health and well-being. In a medical research context, it aims to "translate" findings in fundamental research into medical practice and meaningful health outcomes. The Rutledge Foundation’s mission is to fund translational research that has been proven in the lab and is moving toward clinical trials that show promise for new, less toxic, more curative cancer therapies, quickly and safely.

Read about the latest research here.

Help Us Advance Lifesaving Research.


What is a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Clinical trials produce the best data available for health care decisionmaking. National Institute of Health

For some patients, clinical research trials represent an avenue for receiving promising new therapies that would not otherwise be available. Patients with difficult to treat or currently "incurable" diseases, such as AIDS or certain types of cancer, may want to pursue participation in clinical research trials if standard therapies are not effective. Clinical research trials are sometimes lifesaving.

We fund clinical trials that show promise for new sarcoma treatments. Orphan cancers like pediatric sarcomas don’t require the larger population of patients and can achieve “Orphan Drug’ status with the FDA which will help streamline the arduous efficacy and safety studies that are required.

Learn how we're supporting clinical trials below.

Here's how cancer impacts a young person's life.

  • The Diagnosis

    Young adults are more susceptible to delayed diagnoses. There is little to no emphasis on prevention and early detection.

    "I didn't even know that young people our age could get cancer..."
    -Monica (16)

  • The Interruption

    Teens and young adults are already faced with numerous pressure filled decisions and challenges ranging from graduating college, starting their career, getting married, buying a home and supporting a family. But every year, roughly 70,000 hear:


  • The Treatment

    Young adults can receive cancer treatment in a Pediatric Hospital or an Adult Hospital. But they don't belong in either. They have social, medical and psychosocial needs that differ from children and older adults, including:

    How their treatment affect their fertility
    How they can continue to support their family
    How they'll maintain insurance
    How to live with a new normal

  • The Survival

    The end of cancer treatment is the beginning of healing and a new normal. This includes careful long-term follow-up with your medical team and making healthy life choices to remain strong. It is important to be knowledgeable and watchful for potential side effects from your treatment. While physical health is important, emotional and psychological health is essential to full recovery.