We’d like to draw your attention to a promising new therapy for osteosarcoma patients that recently went to clinical trial at the Masonic Cancer Center and at 30 other hospitals around the country. This is exciting news for a disease which has had little in the way of new treatments in the past 30 years.
Masonic Cancer Center of the University of Minnesota researchers, led by Dr. Brandon Moriarity, developed this therapy which uses an antibody, VX15, developed by Vaccinex, to block the activity if semaphorin 4D (SEMA4D), a causative gene of osteosarcoma. The VX15 activates the immune system and can cause the immune system to kill the osteosarcoma cancer cells.
1. Divine, M (2018), ‘A new cancer treatment is in clinical trial thanks to Zach Sobiech fund’, TwinCitiesPioneesPress.com, 10 February, accessed March 5, 2018.
We are excited to announce that we are actively looking for a Health Program Coordinator. The primary responsibility of this part-time position is to work with medical professionals and Rein in Sarcoma volunteers to develop and implement sarcoma cancer educational programs directed primarily toward medical professionals, with the goal of bringing about early diagnosis and effective treatment. The position reports to the Executive Director regarding educational program progress and needs.
The position is currently posted at the Minnesota Council of Non Profits and Indeed, but we also wanted to reach out to the Rein in Sarcoma community. Please take a moment to review the position description. Please forward this information to anyone you know who may be interested in helping to advance the Rein in Sarcoma mission.
Qualified applicants can send their resume and cover letter to: employmentRIS@reininsarcoma.org
RIS depends on volunteers to make our mission a reality. 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