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.
We then heard uplifting testimonials from sarcoma survivors Dick Deblieck, Anna Sanders Schetinski and Sarina McNamara. The panel was moderated by sarcoma survivor and author Ruth Bachman. The three panelists each shared their testimonials and talked about things for which they are grateful.
McNamara says she’s very grateful for many things in life including being able to run again, and she praises God for her helping her through her sarcoma treatment. Six-year sarcoma survivor Deblieck said he’s grateful that he’s been able to watch his two daughters grow up. Childhood sarcoma survivor Schentinski said she’s grateful she was able to grow up, get married and play with her nieces. All three sarcoma panelists mentioned that words of encouragement and knowing that other people were routing for them helped them get through all the ups and downs of sarcoma. McNamara said that she received letters from many people including people she didn’t know and all these letters encouraged her to move forward with her treatment
The Winter Gathering brought about a gamut of emotions as people laughed, cried, shared their stories and inspired others to lead better, more productive and happier lives. Thank you Ruth Bachman and everyone at Bachman’s Corporate Garden Center for making our Winter Gathering a huge success.
Enjoy the images from the gathering: (thanks to photographer Val Lopez)
If you’d like to learn more about Rein in Sarcoma and how you can get involved contact
Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 3 or by email.