About Rein in Sarcoma


Our Mission

Rein in Sarcoma is dedicated to 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.

Rein in Sarcoma (RIS) is a resource for families touched by sarcoma cancer, an uncommon and often lethal group of bone and soft tissue cancers that may strike children and younger adults, leaving an especially tender heartbreak. Working in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic and Children's Minnesota, we seek to fund innovative, collaborative and high-impact research. Our educational and patient support activities are both regional and national. Rein in Sarcoma is a Minnesota Non-Profit tax exempt 501(C)(3) organization.

RIS is the largest and best-known sarcoma foundation in the Midwest. While we provide support and resources to all, our primary service area includes: Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Since 2001, with its three-pronged commitment to sarcoma research, patient support and education, the organization has reached thousands of people and raised over $2 million.

Why a carousel horse?

Carousel-Horse---1Rein in Sarcoma was created by Karen Wyckoff in 2001 to raise awareness and fund cures for sarcoma cancers. The event, now called our Party in the Park, was held at Cafesjian’s Carousel, the beautifully restored Minnesota State Fair carousel, now 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.


Raising sarcoma cancer awareness, leading to earlier and more accurate diagnosis, is a key to the work of Rein in Sarcoma. Increasing awareness will lead lead to a significant increase in sarcoma survivors.

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Rein in Sarcoma serves as a major means of support for sarcoma patients, survivors, and those who have lost a loved one to sarcoma.

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Finding Cures

Rein in Sarcoma has funded two million in sarcoma cancer research at the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and Children's Minnesota. This has resulted in additional grants of over $13 million in public and private funding.

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