Summit Brewery graciously hosted our Party in the Park Kickoff planning meeting in their rathskeller. Attendees enjoyed social time with a tour of brewery and a pint of root beer or a Summit beer, and food from the Signatures food truck. Chef Derek Grams cooked and donated a portion of earnings towards our work.
To inspire and remind attendees of the impact of their volunteer efforts, Robert Gao, Sarcoma Scholar alum and third year medical student specializing in radiation oncology shared progress on the Hallie Anne Brown Education Initiative. Robert has been working with the RIS/Health Partners/Regions steering team on a pilot project with the goal of using the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system to improve sarcoma diagnosis speed and accuracy resulting in improved sarcoma patient outcomes. Robert analyzed diagnostic codes and physician’s notes to find the most frequent signs, symptoms and phrases which eventually became a soft tissue sarcoma diagnosis. This analysis will be used to modify the EMR system to alert physicians to the potential of a sarcoma tumor, and communicate the proper way to image, biopsy, and diagnose or rule out sarcoma.
Frank Miske, our Event Chair, ‘kicked off’ the official Party in the Park planning. In addition to being a long time RIS PR – Marketing Committee member, Frank has planned and participated in Twin Cities fundraising events for local food shelves, veterans, and students. We are excited to tap his experience and insight. Frank introduced the Party Leadership team, as each lead had a chance to share the activities of their sub-committee. Sub-committees are: Logistics, Picnic, Registration, Merchandise, Raffle, Auction, Marketing, Volunteer Coordination, Luminaries, Concessions, Ring Toss and Garden of Hope. To highlight a few areas: