About Us

Sarcoma Survivors at Rein in Sarcoma’s Annual Winter Gathering

We are a resource for patients and families touched by sarcomas, an uncommon and often misdiagnosed group of bone and soft tissue cancers that strike children and adults alike. We are the largest and best-known sarcoma foundation in the Midwest. Since 2001 we have funded over $2 million in innovative, collaborative and high-impact research and education initiatives at top medical research institutions in MN such as Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Our mission

Our three-pronged mission: educating the public and medical community about sarcomas, supporting sarcoma patients and their loved ones, and funding research directed toward developing new treatments and finding a cure for sarcoma cancers.


Our high-impact education programs increase awareness about sarcoma cancers among the medical community and the general public.


We are dedicated to supporting sarcoma patients, survivors, and those who have lost a loved one to sarcoma. Our year-round events will give you a chance to meet and connect with other sarcoma patients and survivors.

Fund Research

We have funded over 2 million dollars in sarcoma research at top universities and medical institutions in MN such as Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota that have propelled groundbreaking treatments.

Our Story

Karen Wyckoff, Rein in Sarcoma founder

Rein in Sarcoma was created by Karen Wyckoff in 2001 to raise awareness and fund cures for sarcoma cancers. The event, which is now our Annual Party in the Park, was held at the Cafesjian’s Carousel, located on the grounds of Como Park in St. Paul, MN. Karen died from Synovial Sarcoma a month after the first event was held. Since then, hundreds gather on a Monday evening in July to rein in sarcoma, and to celebrate Karen’s dream of “a world without sarcoma cancers”.

Read Karen’s story

Through our actions we are sewing our own legacy; a legacy that will live on long after we are gone. No one can take away the memories and love that a person has left behind.
Karen Wyckoff, Rein in Sarcoma founder

Our symbols

The sunflower

A symbol of hope, the sunflower is used by sarcoma communities around the globe to remind those affected by sarcoma that they are not alone and they are strong.

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The carousel horse

The carousel horse is the cornerstone of our logo, as the first Party in the Park was held at the Cafesjian’s Carousel currently located at Como Park in St. Paul, MN. The carousel horse reminds us all of Karen’s dream of a world without sarcoma cancers. 

Our Team

Janelle Calhoun

Executive Director


Melissa Davies

Director of Development


Stephanie Curtis

Administrative Assistant


Katy Engelby

Education and Communications Manager


2020 Board of Directors

Blake Hastings



Eric Lien

Vice President


Tom McCarthy



Mitch Atherton



Linda Andrean

Red Flags Committee Chair


John Charlson, MD

Denis Clohisy, MD

Brendan Dillon

Lisa Griebel

Michelle Kolling

David Largaespada, PhD

Valeria Lopez Torres

Conner O’Brien

Scott Okuno, MD

Aaron Halbe

Colin Ryan

Bruce Seiber

Emeritus Board Members

  • Pete Wyckoff, Rein in Sarcoma Co-founder
  • Sue Wyckoff, Rein in Sarcoma Co-founder
  • Edward Cheng, MD
  • Tom Dougherty
  • Kathryn Dusenbery, MD
  • Mike Trucano

University of Minnesota

L. Chinsoo Cho, MD, MS

Radiation Oncologist

Kathryn Dusenbery, MD

Professor and Department Head, Department of Radiation Oncology

Jutta Ellerman, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology

Christian Ogilvie, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Associate Professor, RIS Medical Advisory Chair

Emily Greengard, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology, Oncology and BMT

Stephanie Terezakis, MD

Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Mayo Clinic

Scott H. Okuno, MD

Oncology, Orthopedic Oncology

Steven I. Robinson, MBBS


Safia Ahmed, MD

Radiation Oncologist

Children’s Clinics and Hospitals of Minnesota

Julie Chu, MD

Hematology-Oncology, Pediatric

Regions Hospitals – HealthPartners

Randy Hurley, MD

Medical Director Cancer Program, HealthPartners

Financial Information

RIS is a non-profit 501-C-3 Tax exempt organization, with a small professional staff supporting a largely volunteer run organization. All members of its Board of Directors serve without compensation. The Board has instituted a “Conflict of Interest and Discharge of Duties” policy to protest the interests of RIS to fully carry our its mission. A copy of this policy can be secured by email.