We need your help in making this year’s Party in the Park Silent Auction the best ever. Connect with your colleagues, friends, favorite restaurants, sports venues and ask them to provide a silent auction item. As an added incentive - for each auction item secured by May 24, we will enter your name in a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Science Museum of Minnesota (six sets of tickets available, expiration June 30). Here are some ideas:
- Vikings tickets
- Gift certificate to the hottest new indoor mini golf, game arcade and cocktail bar in town- “Can Can Wonderland” in St. Paul
- Do you know a professional gardener who would donate some time to provide landscape help, ideas and labor?
- New baby gift basket
- Local craft brewery tour, tasting and beer donation.
- Host a happy hour at our house if you have a great home or garden OR bring the party to the highest bidder and you do all the work!
- The next time you dine out, ask your server to bring the manager over and request a gift card. It is hard for him/her to say no when you have just supported the restaurant. We especially need some high end dining spots and larger amounts $100-$150 for the fall gathering.
- Sonos is the new electronic MUST HAVE gadget.
- Offer dog walking/sitting, baby sitting or piano lessons.
- We always need items that appeal to teenagers and their parents and grandparents.
Learn more and get all the info you need, by clicking here. Its really great fun!
Saturday morning, May 6, was bright and sunny, outside and inside the McNamara Center at the University of Minnesota, as over 260 cancer survivors, family members and professionals gathered to share stories and educate themselves on ways to be successful survivors. The theme of the conference was “Life-long Health and Wellness” and breakout sessions included nutrition, guided imagery, sun protection, “the new normal” for survivors, and life after childhood cancer.
The morning speakers covered the importance of primary care for cancer survivors, noting there are far fewer oncologists than needed to continue on-going care for patients, and creating a Survivorship Care Plan. The lunch presentation by Haidong Dong MD PhD from the Mayo Clinic focused on the past, present and promising future of immunotherapy in cancer treatment.
Several resource tables were available for participants, including Rein in Sarcoma, with cancer survivors Kraig Kuusinen, Kevin O’Keefe and Allan Swartz sharing their stories with participants.
The RIS Talent and Resource Committee, with support from the Board, has been actively seeking a top quality candidate to become the organization’s next Executive Director. This individual will be instrumental in fulfilling the RIS mission and in strengthening our organization as we continue to grow and look to a bright future. The applicant response to our search yielded some terrific results; we hope to introduce you to our next Executive Director very soon!