The 2016 annual Mud Dog Ride for RIS will coincide with the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association 32nd annual Winter Rendezvous, February 9-11 at the Grand Casino Hotel & Event Center in Hinkley, in memory of snowmobile rider, Eric Skogman. This year an anonymous donor is issuing a $2,000 Mud Dog Challenge Grant! This donor has committed to match all new 2016 Mud Dog paid pledges through Sunday, February 14th or when the challenge is met. Join the ride, support the riders…..
For the eight consecutive year, the Mud Dogs Riders will collect tax-deductible pledges for the Eric Skogman Mud Dog Ride Fund of the Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation (KWRISF). For the first three years Eric organized the Ride which has contributed over $35,000 to find a cure of Sarcoma Cancers.
Those that want to donate to this cause to help fight this deadly disease can do so via the RIS Web site, by clicking here. All pledges are tax deductible and the money raised goes directly to the RIS.
2016 Raised to Date- $4,626 (as of 2/14/16)* including match
Supporting all the Mud 2016 Dogs:
Pete and Sue Wyckoff
Shane ZeppelinHinckley-Pine City
Flames Snowmobile Club
E.C. Riders Snowmobile Club
Northern Pine Riders Snowmobile Club
Lynn Keiller – “Let’s put the freeze on sarcoma cancers”
Roland Hill – “Wish I was with the Mud Dogs– Until next yearRRRR!”
Terry Mattson -” Go Dogs Go!”
2016 Mud Dog Riders
To Pledge to all Riders, Click here*
or to pledge to individual riders
click on the names below
Pat Bourgeois’ Home Page
Lynn Keiller’s Home Page
Joel Mellenthin’s Home Page
Dan Skallet’s Home Page
Jeremiah “Jerry” Jones Home Page
The 8th Annual Mud Dogs Ride to Benefit the Karen Wyckoff Rein In Sarcoma Foundation (KWRISF) will be held in conjunction with the MN Snowmobile Association Annual Rendezvous February 9-11, 2016 at the Grand Casino, Hinkley, MN. This will be a combination of a snowmobile ride and a fundraiser for the Foundation. All proceeds are being donated to the Karen Wyckoff Rein In Sarcoma Foundation.
What is the Mud Dogs Ride?
Over 24 years ago, C.J. Ramstad, then owner of Midwest Sports Publishing Network (MSPN), the official publisher of Minnesota Snowmobiling magazine, started the Mud Dogs ride to encourage snowmobilers from across the state to ride their snowmobiles to the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association’s (MnUSA) annual Winter Rendezvous. That event, and the Mud Dogs ride, traditionally takes place each February and is in a different city or town each year.
Sadly, C.J. and his 17-year-old son J.J. were killed in an automobile accident in May 2007, but the ride lives on with the memory of the legendary Ramstad and his son. To read more about C.J. Ramstad, Click here.
This Year’s Ride:
For 2016, the Mud Dogs embarked on their annual ride to the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association Winter Rendezvous the second week of February. This year, the MnUSA Winter Rendezvous took place at February 6-9, 2014 at the Grand Casino, Hinkley, MN.
For the eighth year in a row, the Mud Dogs will collect tax-deductible pledges for the Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation (KWRISF). The past eight years, the Mud Dogs have combined to collect more than $35,000 to help find a cures of Sarcoma cancers!
Those that want to donate to this cause to help fight this deadly disease can do so via the KWRISF Web site, by clicking here. All pledges are tax deductible and the money raised goes directly to the KWRISF.
This year an anonymous donor has issued a $2,000 Mud Dog Challenge Grant! This donor has committed to match all new 2016 Mud Dog payments on pledges through Saturday, February 13th.
In March 2008, then 38-year-old Eric Skogman was diagnosed with Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma, a rare and deadly form of soft tissue cancer in his abdomen. In April 2008, a 6-pound tumor was removed from his abdomen, and in August 2008 he began chemotherapy treatments.
Since August 2008, he has endured more than 20 rounds of chemotherapy and continues to fight. Thankfully, thus far the disease has been stable, but a cure and/or new treatments for Sarcoma are desperately needed.
A snowmobiler for more than 25 years, Eric has worked as a magazine editor in the snowmobile industry for more than a dozen years. Knowing that more funding for Sarcoma research is needed and that snowmobilers are very giving people, he contacted WRISF to set up a snowmobile ride fundraiser.
In February 2016, the Mud Dogs Ride for Sarcoma will make their eighth and most succeful run. The hope is to not only raise funds for research but to raise awareness about the disease. All donations to the 2016 Mud Dog Ride will be directed to the Eric Skogman Mud Dog Run Fund.
All pledges are tax deductible.
Pledges will be collected at the MnUSA Winter Rendezvous on February 12, 2016 at the Saturday night banquet. If you do not participate in the ride and cannot attend the banquet, please use the on-line form described below or mail in your pledges to the WRIS at:
3312 Richmond Avenue
Shoreview, MN 55126
Pledges can also be paid by credit card using our secure online donation form.
1. Under the drop down listing for donation type pick: “Mud Dog Run” and
2. Indicate that the donation is in tribute to the name of particular rider for whom you are pledging.
Click here to go to the RIS secure donation form.
Introduction to the Rein in Sarcoma Foundation
Rein in Sarcoma was created by Karen Wyckoff in 2001. Karen died from Synovial Sarcoma a month after the first Rein in Sarcoma event. For the last fifteen years, thousands of people touched by sarcoma have kept her vision of a world without sarcoma cancers alive. The Rein in Sarcoma Foundation (RIS) was incorporated in 2004 as a Minnesota non-profit organization to continue the mission that Karen established:
Find a cure for sarcoma cancers (raise funds for research through the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center)
Educate physicians and public about sarcomas
Support sarcoma survivors and families directly affected by sarcoma
RIS has become the largest and best-known sarcoma fund for the Upper Midwest. Over the past fifteeen years, with its three pronged commitment to sarcoma research, support and education, the Foundation, totally run by volunteers, has reached thousands of people and raised over $1.3 million.
Sarcomas are highly malignant and rare types of cancers that occur in the connective tissues of the body. Approximately 14,000 new cases of soft tissue and bone sarcoma are diagnosed each year in the United States. While rare among adults (less than 2% of all adult cancers), sarcoma cancers are among the three most commonly diagnosed cancers affecting children. A sarcoma diagnosis is a particularly shattering for most patients as they rarely have heard of this type of cancer and feel they will have to wage their personal war against the disease without much public knowledge of the disorder.