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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  • Karen's Story
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  • 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


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  • Named Tribute and Memorial Funds
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RIS Fall Gathering a "Real Treat"

Charlie MaGuire Perfroms at Fall RIS GatheringA “real treat” for the sarcoma community happened at The Rein in Sarcoma Fall Gathering held at Arneson Acres the weekend before Halloween.  Forty attendees including new patients, long term survivors and families who had lost someone to sarcoma came together to listen to each other and to share their own stories. Read more...

RIS Launches Red Flags of Sarcoma Educational Campaign

Red Flag of SarcomaThe Red Flags of Sarcoma Educational Campaign was officially launched at Rein in Sarcoma's 12th Annual Party in the Park on July 23rd. This multi-year initiative will strive to significantly increase earlier and proper diagnosis of sarcoma cancers thereby increasing sarcoma survival rates by as much as 20%.

The Red Flags Campaign is a cooperative effort of Rein in Sarcoma and Sarcoma physicians from the University of Minnesota and Children's Hospital  and Clinics of Minnesota.  Read More...

Thanks for Making 2012 "Party in the Park" a Huge Success!

2012 Party in the Park

Under great skies, and our largest attendance ever, the 12th Rein in Sarcoma "Party in the Park" was a huge success!  It was a time of celebration, reflection, remembering, hoping, and just plain fun. The "Party" once again encompassed the entire mission of the Rein in Sarcoma to support, educate, and fund cures for sarcoma cancers. It is expected that this year's event will raise over $75,000 for the mission of Rein in Sarcoma!  Celebrating our 11th year as an organization the July 23rd Party included something special for all the 1,500+ people who attended. Read more...

Dr. Nancy McAllister: Engaged for the Mission

Nancy McAllisterIn the three years since she first attended a Rein in Sarcoma event, pediatric oncologist Dr. Nancy McAllister has become deeply engaged in its mission.

As a Children's Hospitals and Clinics physician, she is connecting her patients with RIS, welcoming patients at the summer Party and partnering with the Red Flags team to increase awareness throughout the community. We are so excited about this collaboration.  Read more...

Katherine B. Andersen Fund Issues RIS Challenge Grant

Saint Paul Foundation

For the sixth consecutive year, The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation has issued a new 2012 challenge grant to help Rein in Sarcoma build its base of community support. The challenge grant will match all new and increased gifts to Rein in Sarcoma  (up to $15,000) in 2012 from individuals and corporations. According to Tom Dougherty, Rein in Sarcoma's treasurer, “this challenge grant will help continue to build the support for our three-fold mission of sarcoma research, education and support."  Read more...