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The Will Haney Foundation

What is Rhabdomyosarcoma?

About 3% of all childhood cancers are rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). About 350 new cases of RMS occur each year in the United States in children under the age of 21 years. About four children per million healthy kids under the age of 15 will develop RMS each year. It is slightly more common in boys than in girls and it is most common in young children under the age of five. No particular race or ethnic group seems to have an unusually high rate of RMS. Rhabdomyosarcoma is very uncommon in adults.


Most rhabdomyosarcomas are diagnosed in children and teens, with more than half of them in children younger than 10 years old. These tumors are usually embryonal rhabdomyosarcomas (ERMS) and tend to develop in the head and neck area or in the genital and urinary tracts. Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) affects all age groups and is found more often in the arms, legs, or trunk.


The prognosis (outlook) for people with RMS depends on many factors, including the type of RMS, the location and size of the tumor, the results of surgery, and whether the cancer has metastasized (spread). Children aged 1 to 9 tend to have a better outlook than infants or older children or adults.


When supporting cancer research this Foundation will focus primarily on childhood cancer with an emphasis on research for rhabdomyosarcoma. 

We are always looking for volunteers for our events.  If you would like to help, we would welcome your support.  To contact us about becoming a volunteer, click the button above. 

The purpose of the Will Haney Foundation is to support patients and families of patients who are suffering from cancer by providing for their needs and providing for cancer research.  Although Will passed away from a childhood cancer we want to support patients & families with all types of cancer. 

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