Upper Midwest Oncology Education Network Conference

Dick DeBlieck with RIS Display

Dick DeBlieck, Red Flags Education Committee member

Thanks to the support of nonprofit friends, Rein in Sarcoma, Jack’s Caregiver Coalition, and Angel Foundation were gifted display table space at the 14th annual gathering of Upper Midwest Oncology educators.  Red Flags Education Committee volunteers staffed the table and shared our educational and outreach resources with over 240 nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pharmacists from the five state area. We were excited to feature new RIS education resources: Video, Red Flags Brochure, Physician Diagnostic Card, and 7th Edition Patient Starter Notebook

Many educators who took the new brochure and noted the URL for the sarcoma education video, committed to bring these resources back to colleagues and advocate for sarcoma education. The credibility of our educational resources is enhanced because of the relationships Rein in Sarcoma has built with the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, Children’s Masonic Hospital, Children’s Hospital Minnesota, and our growing relationship with Duke.  UMOEN leadership, including president, Jeremy Whalen, Pharm D, is looking for ways to partner with Rein in Sarcoma around education and outreach.  

Jack's Caregiver Table with Kyle, Marlene, and Dave

Kyle from Jack’s Caregiver Coalition and Marlene and Dave Dolney, RIS Red Flags Education Committee volunteers

We extend special thanks to our volunteers: Marlee Brice, Dick DeBlieck. Phyllis Balto, Marlene Dolney and Dave Dolney, who were easy to approach and shared engaging conversations with display visitors. In addition to vetted medical sarcoma information within RIS’ Patient Starter Notebook, a key highlight was the chapter on cancer patient support resources. Not to be overlooked, it lists a treasure trove of helpful resources:  everything from help cleaning house, lodging for family at a medical system, to camp for kids, help with paying bills, and cancer caregiver support. We are stronger together and time with UMOEN members, Jack’s and Angel Foundation, highlights the many ways people work to improve outcomes for patients and families.

In mission, Janelle