January RIS Named Fund Honorees

Celebrate RIS’s Named Fund Honorees. You will also see their stories throughout November in Rein in Sarcoma’s social media and highlighted on the Named Funds page of our website. RIS Named Funds help sustain and support Rein in Sarcoma’s mission and help “Increase awareness. Increase survivors.”

Lora Holmquist

In August 2005, Jeff and Lora Holmquist were busy working & raising their two sons. Lora discovered a lump on her leg, but was assured “it is not a tumor.” Further tests showed epithelioid sarcoma. Lora passed away January 2006. 

Story/Donate: https://www.reininsarcoma.org/sarcoma-story-lora-holmquist/ 

Conner O’Brien 

Conner was to present at a healthcare conference, when he felt like he was choking. Two weeks later he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. Options were grim, but after months of chemo & surgery, he completed treatment in November 2019 and has since been NED. Conner serves on the RIS Board of Directors. 

“Finding innovative therapies and supporting cancer patients has become my life’s mission both personally and professionally”

Story/Donate: https://www.reininsarcoma.org/sarcoma-story-conner-obrien/

Chuck and Nick Novatny

Chuck Novotny “The Legend” 

Chuck Novotny was a legend to many. As a teacher, guidance counselor and coach Chuck nurtured students for over thirty years. Now adults, his students tell life-changing stories of how Chuck influenced their lives.  

In 2018, Chuck went to the doctor for a hernia when an x-ray revealed it was angiosarcoma. Chuck received treatment for nearly five months, but sadly passed away in January 2019 at the age of 58.  

It’s been said that one’s legend can be measured by their impact on others. Chuck’s legacy lives on through his loving family sons Nick, Mike and Corey, their mother Terri, and Chuck’s many friends and countless students and  athletes whose lives he touched.

Story/Donate: https://www.reininsarcoma.org/sarcoma-story-chuck-novotny/