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.

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  • Understanding Sarcoma Cancers
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  • Red Flags of Sarcoma Cancer
  • Educating the public and medical profession about the warning signs of sarcoma Cancers


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KWRISF Awards $134,500 in 2016 Sarcoma Research & Education

The RIS Board authorized $134,500 at its January  Board meeting for 3 new sarcoma research projects through the U of M Masonic Cancer Center and three RIS Sarcoma Cancer Fellowships for the 2016-2017 Academic year.  In addition the Board authorized 2016-2017 RIS Madulin Sarcoma Scholarships for both the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Medical Schools. These awards are the direct result of the broad and deep support that RIS received from so many of you in 2015.

Welcome Paul Giel Jr.- RIS First Development Director

Giel- PaulRein in Sarcoma is very excited to announce that Paul Giel Jr is now Rein in Sarcoma's first Development Director. He brings to the position, skills, passion, and experience. We expect with our community and Paul's leadership we will significantly grow the important work of Rein in Sarcoma.

In Paul's words:

Winter Gathering Educates and Brings Hope

2016 Gathering- FordOver 80 sarcoma survivors and their loved ones gathered on Sunday, January 31, for an afternoon of Education, Hope, Laughter and Social Support at the beautiful Bachman’s Garden Center in Minneapolis.

Researchers Eva Galanis, Chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and Dr. Branden Moriarity , Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota talked about their cutting edge research. 

2016 "Party in the Park" Kick Off Meeting - March 14

Join us as we gather together to plan for one smashing party!

Our July 25 Party in the Park will come sooner than we think, and we need many hands to make this work light. As our teams meet to plan and provide, we work side by side with some really great folks. Come and find your community!  Monday evening March 14, is the date of our 2016 Party in the Park Kick off meeting.  Meet the new RIS 2016 research grantees as well as other sarcoma doctors and researchers from 6:30 to 7:00 pm.. We will meet again at the University of Minnesota Orthopedic Clinic, in the 2nd floor conference room. Our new chairperson, Janelle Calhoun, promises an excited and fun meeting with lots of special announcements!

The 2016 Mud Dogs Ride Again in February!

Mud Dogs RideThe 2016 annual Mud Dog Ride for RIS will coincide with the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association 32nd annual Winter Rendezvous, February 9-11 at the Grand  Casino Hotel & Event Center in Hinkley,  in memory of snowmobile rider, Eric SkogmanThis year an anonymous donor is issuing a $2,000 Mud Dog Challenge Grant!  This donor has committed to match all new 2016 Mud Dog paid pledges  through Sunday, February 14th or when the challenge is met.  Join the ride, support the riders.....