Dear Rein in Sarcoma Community,
Two months before she passed away, Karen Wyckoff created and coordinated the first annual Rein in Sarcoma event (Party in the Park). More than 250 friends and supporters showed up that night and raised $10,000 to support Sarcoma cancer research at the University of Minnesota.
Eighteen years have passed since her parents, Pete and Sue, picked up the “reins” from Karen to establish Rein in Sarcoma as the largest and best-known sarcoma foundation in the Midwest. Since 2001, we have reached thousands of people and raised more than $2 million.
Two years ago, Pete and Sue began their transition to Rein in Sarcoma Emeritus status (retired honorary status).. To support their transition, we hired professional staff – Janelle Calhoun as Executive Director and Theresa Fetsch as Development Director. We also have a current opening for a Health Programs Coordinator.
Throughout this time, Pete and Sue continued their incredible support for Rein in Sarcoma. In the coming months, we anticipate that they will gradually reduce their involvement on the various committees they have actively supported (most recently Development, Research, and Education).
The Wyckoff’s will complete their final phase of transition at the end of this year. Our fall fundraiser in October will include a Legacy Celebration to honor their extraordinary work.
As Rein in Sarcoma has matured, we have recognized the need to establish a strong financial, donor and volunteer base that will maintain and sustain Karen’s legacy that Pete and Sue have worked tirelessly to uphold. We believe that the strength of Karen’s vision, the talent of our professional staff, the commitment of our donors, the passion of our volunteers and the blessing of the Wyckoff’s will move us forward.
In the meantime, let’s all reach out to Pete and Sue with gratitude for all they have accomplished and with prayers for their future.
With your sustained support of Rein in Sarcoma, Karen’s star will continue to shine bright and serve our community well. Thank you. We are grateful.
Blake Hastings, President
Lisa Griebel, Vice President