The Serena Sabuda Osteosarcoma Research Fund

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Osteosarcoma Research Fund

We have decided to start The Serena Sabuda Osteosarcoma Research Fund this year. Our hope and mission is to raise money each year to support ongoing research for this rare childhood cancer. Rest assure, your generous donation is tax deductible and 100% goes directly to the advancement of ongoing research for Osteosarcoma. We feel very strongly that with your support we can achieve getting closer to a breakthrough treatment for osteosarcoma.

When our beautiful sweet daughter was diagnosed on September 2017 with high grade localized osteosarcoma on her right distal femur, we were numb. We thought that by having absolutely no metastasis in her lungs, she can be cured. Serena endured 9 months of toxic MAP chemo which is 1st line standard treatment for osteosarcoma. It wasn’t long before we learned that MAP chemo is 50 years old and many OS patients do not respond well. Too many end up relapsing and having reoccurrence within one year. This was sadly the case for our daughter. 

Serena relapsed just three months after finishing MAP. This was definitely more devastating to hear. The reality of her now battling stage 4 bone cancer was terrifying and heartbreaking. Knowing the reality of Serena’s situation being incurable was hard to accept. Not something any parents wants to hear.

We decided to attend conferences that are specific to osteosarcoma. To learn as much as we can and to arm ourselves with knowledge. Our family was blessed to attend the 2019 MIB Osteosarcoma Conference. We met doctors, researchers, families, OsteoWarriors, and supporters. It was such a surreal experience to know that so many people care and want to Make It Better MIB for all osteosarcoma warriors.

I cannot tell you how important it is that you donate to support the research and development for osteosarcoma. This is the only way for our daughter to continue living and thriving with this cancer. Your donations is a way for our daughter and other OsteoWarriors to have a real chance at living a quality of life that will give them the longest time possible.

We learned that osteosarcoma is the oldest disease but it is the most underfunded. Without private fundraising efforts like this, we cannot make advancement in the research to develop more targeted therapies. Our daughter and many in her situation are in a race against time. Many will probably not live long enough to benefit if we don’t support this cause now. This doesn’t have to be the case.

Serena is literally living every day as if was her last. She suffers from anxiety, panic, emotional trauma whenever she loses a friend from this disease. Due to the unpredictable nature and aggressiveness, she can only hold on for so long. We need to do better for our kids and young adults like Serena to give them a fighting chance at survival by making advancement needed in OS treatments.

My hope is that as Serena is holding on, Osteosarcoma Research Fund will continue to raise enough money to do meaningful and impactful research. Please donate today so someday a breakthrough treatment for kids like Serena who is battling stage 4 Bone Cancer “Osteosarcoma” becomes available.

We cannot thank you enough for your generous donation. We are touched by your love and support for Serena. Serena has high hopes that someday soon there will be a breakthrough treatment that will save her and everyone battling this beast.

The Mission of MIB Agents is to Make It Better (MIB) for children with osteosarcoma, bone cancer.  With love and hope, MIB Agents: 

  1. Pairs a child in treatment with a survivor of their same cancer including through MiB Gamer Agents.
  2. Provides items of comfort and entertainment (iPads, iTunes Cards, Noise Cancelling Headphones) for their treatment and recovery
  3. Arranges end-of-life experiences and/or comfort for the child when options for treatment have been exhausted and they are on home hospice care.
  4. Raises funds and awareness to increase research for better treatments and outcomes for those with osteosarcoma, including through the first osteosarcoma conference FACTOR and through our annual $100,000 funding initiative, OutSmarting Osteosarcoma.  

MIB Agents makes it better by helping to increase the quality of comfort and life for kids with osteosarcoma with the help of our community of dedicated and passionate Agents.

We are committed to Making it Better for adolescents and young adults with bone cancer (osteosarcoma). Your donation has a profound and direct effect on our missions.  

A receipt will be provided for your taxes. If you prefer to mail a check:

Payable To:
MIB Agents (please include Serena in the memo line)
P.O. Box 858, Barnard, VT 05031

Thank you for using your powers for good to Make It Better for kids with osteosarcoma. 

FED ID #81-110990

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