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RIS Launches Red Flags of Sarcoma Educational Campaign
The 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...
Dr Christian Ogilvie formally announced the Camapign during the evening's opening program. He talked about the importance of making primary medical providers and the public aware of the red Flags of Sarcoma and to take appropriate action to rule out sarcoma diagnosis.
As a part of the inauguration of the Campaign, Dr Ogilve announced and read a proclamation by Gov Mark Dayton setting July 23 - 30th as the first ever Sarcoma Awareness Week in Minnesota.
To read the Governor's proclamation, click here.
Speaking on behalf of the Red Flags Committee, was Michele Kolling. "My sarcoma story is actually my husband’s sarcoma story. My husband Brett Dale was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in November 2010 and only 3 months later, despite aggressive treatment, the tumor literally consumed him. On February 9 2011 we said our final goodbye. Like most of you here with sarcoma stories of your own, you had never heard of sarcoma. A big part of KWRIS foundation’s mission is education. Last fall, Theresa Baultrippe and Sue and Pete, and the doctors of the medical advisory board, began discussing what they could do to further the educational efforts—amp it up, to take to the next level.
The Campaign's announcement was concluded by Ruth Bachman one of several key spokespersons for the new initiative. "Knowledge is power. The Red Flags of Sarcoma Campaign educates the public on the symptoms of sarcoma, with the goal of promoting early detection and ultimately saving lives.
Please join me in this effort. Do these few easy things:
- Become familiar with sarcoma.
- Get and Share the Red Flags of Sarcoma Brochure with family and friends.
- Pay attention to your body. Seek a medical evaluation if any symptoms persist.
- Spread the word. Share this information and the brochure with your healthcare professional.
The Red Flags Campaign will consist of two major initiatives:
- Red Flags Brochure - To see a PDF of the brochure, and to order Red Flags Brochure to distribute to friends and medial professionals, click here.
- Setting up and promoting a Red Flags of Sarcoma speaker bureau that will include both an sarcoma medical expert and someone who can personally tell their sarcoma story.
- Developing a Red Flags Media and PR Campaign
- A special initiative to reach teenagers and young adults
- Print materials designed for medical professionals
- RIS website provides professional resources
- Professional presentations by experts from both the University of Minnesota and Children's Hospitals, with personal stories of people impacted by sarcoma
- Articles in professional journals, and
- Advocating to health system medical protocols similar to successful programs being used in other countries.
RIS will be working in the coming weeks to secure additional financial support for the Red Flags Campaign from individuals, foundations and corporations.
- Spread the word through social media that you may use such as Facebook or Twitter.