A key strategy of the Rein in Sarcoma Educational Program is to reach medical professionals who are apt to first see what turns out to be a sarcoma cancer. Through such education we hope that sarcoma cancer will be diagnosed more quickly, leading to significant increases in sarcoma survivorship. RIS launched its first program directed to school nurses, starting at the Osseo School District on March 7th.
Marlee Brice, a retired RN and Red Flags Committee member, began contacting school districts last fall to evaluate interest in RIS presenting an educational program called Understanding Pediatric Sarcomas to their school nurses. Elaine Forbes of Osseo School District invited us to present to the Osseo School Nurses.
Marlee and Sue Wyckoff presented to about 25 elementary school nurses at 7:30 a.m. Marlee shared a presentation on the signs and symptoms of the three most common sarcomas in children: Rhabdomyosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, and Ewings Sarcoma. Sue followed by presenting the stories of Jocelyn Dickhoff, Julian Baultrippe and longtime survivor Julie Rose. The program was well-received and the nurses asked questions and filled out evaluation forms.