On Sunday, January 29th Rein in Sarcoma hosted our largest Winter Gathering to date. Over 100 people were entertained and inspired to live our best lives even after a sarcoma diagnosis. We were inspired to create joy out of trials, to appreciate the small things, and to laugh and smile whenever possible.
The afternoon began with Rein in Sarcoma President Pete Wyckoff giving the audience an introduction to Rein in Sarcoma. Wyckoff spoke about who we serve and what we do as a Foundation. He touched on how we support patients, how we help sarcoma scholars, and how we fund research for sarcoma treatments. He encouraged guests to get involved with Rein in Sarcoma as everyone has talents they can offer. You can read more about our volunteer opportunities here.
Next, 2017 Party in the Park Chair Chelsey Olafson gave a compelling talk encouraging guests to sign up to volunteer at our largest event this summer. Party in the Park will be held on Monday, July 24th. Olafson touched on many of the volunteer opportunities available, while adding that this is a highly entertaining, family-friendly event which will be open to the general public.
The afternoon continued to be highly engaging and entertaining when local comedian Tim Gabrielson performed live magic tricks and invited two audience members to perform with him. One of his tricks with audience participation and numbers left us all amazed and perplexed. Gabrielson made us laugh at several jokes, including his joke that animal crackers were made for vegetarians. Throughout his presentation Gabrielson encouraged us to smile more often and be warm and engaging to others to make the world a better place. He had a compelling message that if we choose to have a positive outlook we are likely to be happier. At the close of the event Gabrielson was gracious in meeting with audience members and autographing copies of his book, Lemons to Laughter.