Ohioans are preparing for another magnificent march to support sarcoma research at Ohio State. Entering its 12th year, the annual Steps for Sarcoma event has raised more than $1.2 million and funded several research programs that have improved outcomes and quality of life for sarcoma patients at The James and beyond. The event has also created a community for patients and caregivers to connect with one another, as well as the doctors, nurses and other James providers who work with sarcoma patients every day.&nbsp; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s so fantastic for us, as caregivers, to see them walking and doing the things they want to do because of the care we&rsquo;ve given them,&rdquo; says Joel Mayerson, MD, the director of The James&rsquo; sarcoma program. Mayerson discusses the history of the Steps for Sarcoma event, and sarcoma treatment at The James, on our Cancer-Free World Podcast. Listen via the video player above&nbsp;or on Soundcloud. The event has become a big part of the lives of many Ohioans, including a survivor who participated after undergoing leg amputation surgery. &ldquo;She was able to recover and ski and walk, and she sang the National Anthem for us at Steps for Sarcoma,&rdquo; Mayerson says. &ldquo;Everyone had a tear in their eye, and then she walked around most of the course with crutches.&rdquo; The 12th Annual Steps for Sarcoma will be held September 26, 2021. Due to the pandemic, it will be a virtual event. One of the goals of the event is to fund young James researchers working on sarcoma-related studies. Steps for Sarcoma has funded a pilot program in conjunction with The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in which an ultrasound machine is used, in real time, during a sarcoma operation to make sure that surgeons remove &ldquo;clear margins&rdquo; around tumors. &ldquo;This allows us to take less tissue, and that leaves patients more functional,&rdquo; Mayerson says. Other grants from Steps for Sarcoma have funded a data base of sarcoma patients used to determine the best course of treatment, as well as a study for patients with advanced sarcomas to understand the molecular characteristics of their tumors and the best targeted or immunotherapy treatments. &ldquo;This is how we support our young researchers,&rdquo; Mayerson says. &ldquo;It can be hard to gain that first small amount of money to take your idea to the next step, and that&rsquo;s what Steps for Sarcoma has allowed them to do.&rdquo; Learn more about the virtual 2021 Steps for Sarcoma event, and register to take part.