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 sarcomas, an uncommon and often lethal group of bone and soft tissue cancers that may strike children and younger adults, leaving an especially tender heartbreak. Often working in partnership with the University of Minnesota, we seek to fund innovative, collaborative and high-impact research. Our educational and patient support activities are both regional and national in collaboration with not only the University of Minnesota but also The Mayo Clinic and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. 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, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Over the past fifteen years, with its three-pronged commitment to sarcoma research, support and education, the Fund has reached thousands of people and raised over $1,600,000.


Why a carousel horse?

Carousel-Horse---1Rein in Sarcoma was created by Karen Wyckoff in the spring and summer of 2001 as a fundraiser 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  MN 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 held on forth Monday of July in 2001. Since then thousands  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 better diagnosis is a key to the work of Rein in Sarcoma. Increasing Awareness will lead lead to significantly increased sarcoma survivors.

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The Foundation 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

RIS has funded over $1.6 million in sarcoma cancer research at the University of Minnesota. This has leveraged over $6 million in additional public and private funding.

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