Who is Raven A. Fecunda?
Raven A. Fecunda was a very positive, enthusiastic, cheerful and determined young lady with an infectious and radiant smile. On Feb. 11, 2014, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Favor Extraskeletal Myxoid Chondrosarcoma. This rarity encompasses 1% of all new cancer cases per year. There are more than 50 sarcoma subtypes with only one drug that has been approved to treat the multiple subtypes in over 30 years.
Raven had no symptoms or pain prior to discovering the mass/tumor in Oct. 2013. She led a fully productive and fulfilling life. She attended Dallas Baptist University where she was a senior psychology major with anticipation of receiving her bachelor’s degree this year in 2015. Raven had a heart for children/youth, she served with her church and worked part-time as an afterschool teacher. She looked forward to becoming a children’s Psychologist with a focus on troubled youth and an emphasis on children’s cancer patients.
After surviving many surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy treatments, and lengthy hospital stays, Raven earned her wings on June 6, 2015, at age 22. Raven’s dream of establishing a foundation became a reality in April of 2015. The RAFSOD Foundation was launched. She wanted to create awareness about sarcoma cancer while providing financial support for sarcoma patients and their families. Thus, the Raven A. Fecunda’s Sunflowers of Destiny Foundation (RAFSOD Foundation) was created. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in the state of Texas and funded only by donors, sponsors, and event contributions.
What is Sarcoma?
Cancerous (malignant) tumors of the connective tissues are called “sarcomas”. The term sarcoma comes from a Greek word meaning fleshly growth. Sarcomas arise in the connective tissues of the body. Normal connective tissues include fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones, muscles, deep skin tissues, and cartilage. Sarcomas are divided into two main groups, bone sarcomas, and soft tissue sarcoma. Although sarcomas are rare there are approximately 14,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." - John 15:12
To educate while creating a greater awareness of sarcoma cancer and to provide financial support to sarcoma patients that otherwise could not provide it for themselves or their families.
Sowing, Spreading and Giving Love to the Ones that need it the most.