Next, newly elected Rein in Sarcoma President Debra Cossette introduced herself and explained how after seventeen years of leading the foundation Pete and Sue Wyckoff are stepping down from their leadership roles but will continue to volunteer with Rein in Sarcoma. Cossette gave an overview of what Rein in Sarcoma does and how it serves patients and their families.
After formal introductions were made it was time to laugh. Two comedians from ComedySportz led five improvisational skits with audience participation. Three volunteers, Kraig, Adam and Chastity all graciously and humorously made their way on stage and aided the comedians in various skits.
Then Dr. Jaime Modiano, of the University of Minnesota Veterinary School of Medicine talked about cutting edge research in treating sarcoma in large dogs, specifically Golden Retrievers, Portuguese Water Dogs and Boxers. Modiano explained how a new drug called eBAT has made these large canines six times more likely to be long-term sarcoma survivors. An additional benefit to eBAT is that it targets tumors while causing minimal damage to the immune system. The hope for this new research is that eBAT will also be highly effective in treating certain human sarcomas.