The song based on the poem “The Human Touch” by Spencer Michael Free begins, “It’s the human touch in this world that counts.” Have you heard it? Do you know the words? To me it captures the depth of spirit present throughout the existence of Rein In Sarcoma. Spearheading the organization founded by their daughter, Karen, just months before her death from synovial sarcoma, Pete and Sue Wyckoff ensured Rein in Sarcoma has been tirelessly dedicated to people.
A little background for you. Over 50 years ago, Pete and Sue’s first date was a volunteer event. He asked her out, she accepted, and Pete picked up Sue on a moped. He handed her a flower he had accidentally run over - she pinned it on her lapel and off they went to raise money for a campus organization helping students. They have been a strong team ever since. They married at age 21. Sue was a teacher and Pete went to seminary, later becoming an ordained minister with a call as a community organizer through the Presbyterian Church. They had two amazingly intelligent children who emulated their parents drive for excellence and service.
RIS depends on volunteers to make our mission a reality. We had several new volunteers join us last month! Here are the volunteer opportunities that we are currently looking to fill:
Public Relations and Marketing Committee
Marketing Committee Member -
Rein in Sarcoma’s Marketing Committee will develop a comprehensive communications plan that will market and promote the mission of our organization. Committee members will make sure that our marketing tools will follow the organization’s brand. Marketing tools include but are not limited to: website, newsletter, social media, training, PowerPoints, letterhead, t-shirts, and print materials.
The Website Sub-committee is looking for a volunteer with website design experience to assist the team in enhancing the user experience on our website. Prior experience with WordPress, our website platform, is a plus. Volunteer would work remotely, however, they would need to be able to meet in person quarterly with the website team, at a central Twin Cities location.
For more information about this volunteer position contact Deb Cossette by email.
Apply for this position at: New Volunteer Form
Social Media Sub-Committee:
Rein in Sarcoma is seeking a dedicated volunteer who is interested in assisting with social media, primarily Facebook. This volunteer should be organized, creative and have some experience with graphic design and photo editing. As part of the Marketing and Public Relations committee, it is preferred they are able to attend monthly meetings. Social media posts should be engaging, educational and insightful. Volunteer should be willing to seek out sarcoma stories in the media, local stories of sarcoma patients, educational articles about sarcoma, it's various treatments, recent research, articles about survivorship, caregiving etc. Volunteer should also become familiar with our website and stay updated on current Rein in Sarcoma news and events.
For more information about these volunteer positions contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 3 or by email.
Apply for these positions at: New Volunteer Form
The past year has been a big transition for Pete Wyckoff as he handed off leadership to Janelle Calhoun who joined as Executive Director in July, 2017. Pete completed the transition to new leadership as he passed the Board President's gavel to Debra Cossette at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Read more about Pete and Sue Wyckoff's roles going forward.
Deb and her husband, Terry came to know Rein in Sarcoma when Terry received the Patient Starter Notebook from the University of Minnesota Sarcoma team. He is thankfully now a six-year survivor. After volunteering at several RIS events, then finding more time after retiring and with an interest to learn something new, Deb got involved in the redesign of the website in 2015.
Deb grew up in the Twin Cities, graduated from the University of Minnesota in Electrical Engineering and built a career in product development at 3M, spending a few years working in Austin, Texas. Besides volunteering with Rein in Sarcoma, she enjoys traveling to experience new places and visit relatives and friends throughout the United States.
I am honored to become Board President of Rein in Sarcoma at such a pivotal time in the organization. Over the past few years I have come to highly regard Pete and Sue Wyckoff and all they have done to build such a impactful foundation. I appreciate Pete and Sue's continuing involvement as Janelle and I work to make the transition as smooth as possible. I'm am always impressed by the passion and commitment of the volunteers, medical professionals, board members, committee leaders and staff who enable RIS to serve and bring hope to so many patients and families. I look forward to meeting many more of you personally over the next year.