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

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...

RIS Teaching Future Doctors - A Medical Student's Perspective

Sarcoma DayAs a Rein-in-Sarcoma Scholar, I had the privilege of being part of this year’s Rein-in-Sarcoma (RIS) lecture which targets second year medical students about to start their clinical rotations. Actually, this year was special because I unintentionally got to help and participate in two separate lectures. Learn more...

Join us in Planning the 2012 "Party in the Park"

The 12th Rein in Sarcoma "Party in the Park", will be held on Monday evening, July 23rd  at St. Paul's Cafesjian Carousel and Como Park Visitor Center.  The Picnic Pavilion and the Visitor center have been reserved and RIS leadership and Committee work is underway under the leadership of our new event chair, Christin Garcia. Join us in making our 2012 "Party" our best ever. Read More....

"A Whole New Life"- RIS Premiers New Video

Whole New LifeDr. Edward Cheng of the University of Minnesota, presents moving stories of young people's nervousness, courage, and optimism before and after amputation surgery in the treatment of bone sarcoma cancer. "A Whole New Life after Bone Sarcoma Surgery" sensitively presents the incredible and uplifting stories of two young persons, Mariah and Luke who, in their own words, speak to their cancer and amputation experience. More and see video...