Thomas James Amschwand ASCF Founder May 15, 1970 - February 11, 2001
The loss of his mother, Kathryn, to sarcoma, in addition to his own eighteen-month battle with the rare disease, led Tom Amschwand to create the vision for ASCF shortly before his death at age 30.
Tom recognized that because sarcoma affects a small percentage of the population, there was little research funding going towards its cure & the development of new treatments. In addition, since there were few high-volume sarcoma treatment centers, most patients would have to travel great distances for treatment and the costs associated are often not covered by insurance. It was Tom’s dream to be able to provide free housing for cancer patients (including those with sarcoma) and their families traveling to the largest medical center in the world for treatment.
ASCF was the first-ever non-profit to focus equal attention on sarcoma research, sarcoma awareness & tangible support for sarcoma patients & their families. Since our inception in 2001, more than fifty organizations have been created whose focus is on providing for sarcoma research & awareness. While the best treatments are great, they cannot help if patients have inadequate resources to access them. None of the more than fifty created since 2001 has housing as part of its stated mission. As a result, ASCF has evolved in order to meet the growing demand.
Rather than duplicate efforts, ASCF aims to meet the needs of patients not otherwise being met elsewhere. As a result, in 2017 ASCF's Board of Directors unanimously voted to focus our efforts where we could continue to make the greatest impact...providing A Shelter for Cancer Families traveling to Houston, Texas for treatment and tangible support to all families affected by cancer here.