Sarcoma Cancer is a rare disease, often misdiagnosed, often afflicting children and young adults.
The Karen Wyckoff Sarcoma Foundation is dedicated to Sarcoma Cancer research, support and education...and the fight to find a cure.

Welcome to Rein in Sarcoma

Though Sarcomas are rare, you are not alone in your battle against the disease. The Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation provides news, resources, and a way to connect to others with the disease. Since our inception in 2001, Rein In Sarcoma has had the opportunity to serve many individuals who, like you, have waged a personal war against this disease.

To learn more our mission, click on our video below.

For more background information about RIS, click here.

We thank you for the privilege of assisting you on your personal sarcoma journey.

  • Our Mission
  • Karen's Story
  • Contact Us
  • Patient and Family Support Programs
  • Coping with Cancer
  • Sarcoma Survivor Stories
  • Understanding Sarcoma Cancers
  • Local and National Resources
  • Sarcoma Patient Starter Notebook
  • For newly Diagnosed Sarcoma Patients
  • Understanding Sarcoma Cancers
  • Lumps & Bumps
  • Red Flags of Sarcoma Cancer
  • Educating the public and medical profession about the warning signs of sarcoma Cancers


  • Why support to Rein in Sarcoma?
  • Ways to Give
  • Named Tribute and Memorial Funds
  • Plan your own Fundraiser to Benefit Rein in Sarcoma

Sarcoma Awareness- Unique Tours of U of M Medical Center, July 31

More than fifty faculty members, including veterinarians, physicians, and basic scientists from five schools and colleges at the Academic Health Center are working together to realize our vision of a world where we no longer fear cancer. Their are are to identify and characterize what causes cancer in humans and animals; to learn from cancers of companion animals; and to improve the outcomes for companion animal and human cancer patients alike.

As a conclusion to Sarcoma Awareness  Month Educational activities, The U of MN is offering unique tours of the College of Veterinary Medicine on Thursday, July 31. The tours are free but advanced reregistration is required by July 29th. Learn more and register...

2014 Party in the Park - Register Now!

2014 RIS Party LogoWhen: Monday, July 28, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm

Where: Cafesjian’s Carousel & Como Park Visitors Center, St. Paul

Our 14th annual "Party in the Park"will be a magical evening of great music, entertainment and family fun.  Rein in Sarcoma 2014 will feature unlimited carousel rides, continuous entertainment, a large and unique Silent Auction and children’s activities. Rein in Sarcoma not only raises funds to benefit sarcoma cancers research and physician education, but it is also intended to provide hope and relief for patients and their families from the isolation of these rare and dangerous cancers. Register and See the 2014 Party in the Park Program...

RIS Grass Roots Support

Anna Rogotzke Memorial Kickball Tournament

by Sumaira Hai, volunteer

How does a town unite around a loss? How do you make laughter, fun, excitement, and commemorate a loss of a beautiful four year old girl?  For the Rogotzke Family and the community of Sanborn , Minnesota  you come together to celebrate with an old fashioned “Kickball Tournament”.  Read more...

Sarcoma: The not-so-benign lump - StarTribune Commentary

StarTribune Commnetary Image 7-04-2014

This rare soft-tissue cancer requires early diagnosis and appropriate referral for treatment.

 Star Tribune SublogoRIS Medical Advisory Board Article published July 4, 2014 as Commentary in StarTribune  Read Commentary...

Sarcoma Studies: Importance of Research

Larry Seymour, MD University of MN Sarcoma Cancer Program Retreat

The problem with sarcoma is that giving a known disease a name implies that we understand something about it. In sarcoma, that is largely not the case. There are 50 or more different diseases called sarcoma, and in some of them many subtypes. As genetic studies have improved and become more easily done, it has become apparent that each of the different sarcomas has a genetic profile different than the others.. Read more...