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
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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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“Growing Through the Narrow Spots”- Ruth Bachman

Growing Through the Narrow SpotsRuth Bachmans’s new book “Growing Through the Narrow Spots” (released May 2013) is more than a book about cancer.  It is a roadmap of sorts, encouraging the reader to look closely and patiently at all of life’s challenges – narrow spots – to discover the resources, both internal and external, that are present to help navigate the passage.  Resilience is something each of us has access to when facing all of the change that life brings.  No one and no thing is permanent.  Change is inevitable.  Transformation is intentional. Learn more....

RIS Red Flags Video: From "Never Heard of it" to "Caught it Early!"

RIS is excited to unveil our new RIS Red Flags Video: From "Never Heard of it" to "Caught it Early". Produced and Donated by Paul Sandt and Ideatap Sudios with music by Zach Sobiech. Help us spread the word on the "Red Flags of Sarcoma", click here.

Researchers, Physicians and Dogs lead 2013 Mini-Medical School

Dr Amy Skubitz talks with students at the 2013 RIS Mini-Medical SchoolOn Saturday, March 2, Dean Katie Dusenbery convened the 4th Annual Rein in Sarcoma Mini-Medical School at the University of Minnesota. Thirty students joined researchers, physicians and Sarcoma Dogs to learn about many facets of the war on sarcoma. It was a fascinating, informative, and exciting day for all of the RIS Class of 2013.  Read more....

2013 Mud Dogs Raise $7,386 for RIS in Memory of Eric Skogman

Eric's Helmet Full of Love and SupportRIS’s thanks and congratulations go out to the 2013 Mud Dog Riders: Pat Bourgeois, Joel Mellenthin, Lynn Keillor, Justin Klett, Jeff Gruhlke, Dan Skallet and Jessie Steinwand for their overwhelmingly successful 235 mile snowmobile ride to Brainerd and the MnUSA Rendezvous in February. They collected from the snowmobiling community a record $7,386 to support RIS and preserve the memory of Eric Skogman.

One very touching moment was recorded by Joel Mellenthin and the Banquet at the MN Snowmobile 2013 Rendezvous.  Read More…

RIS Gathering Shares Laughter and Resilience

Brenda ElsagherSixty Sarcoma patients, families and those who lost someone to sarcoma gathered despite sleet, snow and ice to support one another at this year’s RIS Winter Gathering at Bachman’s Garden store in Minneapolis. The program for the afternoon was laughter, shared cancer experiences and resilience. Read more....