Learn about upcoming August events for your participation and support of Rein in Sarcoma's mission in the interview below with Tom Boardman: RIS Development Committee Chair, Team Sarcoma Captain for the Chainbreaker Bike Ride, and Organizer of the RIS Annual Golf Tournament.
1. Can you tell me a little about the two events coming up?
The first is Chainbreaker 2018 which is a bike ride event to raise money for cancer research at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. This event will be August 11. We participated in the inaugural Chainbreaker event in 2017 with 18 riders and raised over $23,000, all of which went to sarcoma research. This year we have 27 riders and have raised over $50,000 so far.
The second event is the RIS Charity Golf Challenge on August 20. We had our first golf tournament last year and it was sufficiently successful for us to have another this year. We hope to have over 70 golfers join us for lunch, a scramble format golf tournament and a dinner. We will have prizes including a 2018 SUV for anyone who gets a hole in one. The vehicle is being donated by one of our sponsors, PSI Cars. Our lead sponsor this year is Legacy Wealth, a financial advising firm located in Woodbury, MN.
2. How did you first get involved in the Chainbreaker ride?
We were invited to participate last year just months prior to the event. I believe we first heard about it from the University of Minnesota. It was a bit of a scramble to raise money because the time line was short, but overall the team did just great and everyone had a wonderful time.
3. Walk me through some of the emotions you felt at last year’s ride.
I was pretty pumped up, because I had attended the welcome event the night before which included live music, food and inspirational speakers. The enthusiasm of that evening was still present the following morning. Riding with others who shared a connection to sarcoma was very moving.
4. As of right now, Team Sarcoma has raised over $50,000 for the Chainbreaker event. How does it feel to be making such a big impact?
It is very satisfying to be raising money for such a great cause. Sarcomas are "orphan" cancers that do not get much funding in the overall scheme of cancer funding. Our efforts can and will make a difference. Support Team Sarcoma with your donation.
5. You’ve also organized the annual golf tournament. What should those who want to register know about that event?
We are still looking for golfers. The cost is $175, $65 of which is tax deductible. Hole sponsorships are also still available at both $1500 and $2500 and we would love to have a few more of those. You can register online or call Theresa Fetch at (763) 205-1467.
6. It looks like it’s a scramble, but there are also prizes for the best golfers and teams. Is any certain skill level required to participate?
No, all skill levels are welcome which is why the scramble format is so much fun.
7. Can you tell a bit about your connection to sarcoma and why this cause means so much to you?
My grandson was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in August 2015. He underwent nearly a year of chemo and surgery and I am pleased to say that he just had his two year scans and everything is stable. His future though, and the future of many others like him, will be enhanced by finding additional therapies and eventually a cure.
8. What are the options for people who want to get involved in one or both of these events?
Contact the RIS office at (763) 205-1467 and ask to speak to our new Director of Development, Theresa Fetsch or contact Theresa directly at firstname.lastname@example.org