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UMN Survivorship Conference Summary

McNamara Alumi Center

Survivorship Conference at the beautiful University of Minnesota McNamara Alumi Center

Annette Bonaventura, Amy Hoban, Kraig Kuusinen, Kevin O’Keefe, Allan Swartz, Connie Dow, and our Executive Director, Janelle Calhoun, attended the 13th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference, organized through the Masonic Cancer Center. The McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s main campus hosted this event to a soldout crowd of over 350 participants. The free event went from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided through generous sponsors.

Katie Schmitz, PhD, MPH, MSEd, a Penn State University professor, gave the opening Keynote entitled, “Exercise Guidance after a Cancer Diagnosis: Evidence and Logistics.” The take away was that one needs to be as active as one can possibly be to maintain overall health.

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RIS Seeking Development Director

Job Opening

We are excited to announce that we are actively looking for a Development Director. The Development Director is expected to bring high energy, strong leadership and a passion for the cause. They will be responsible for implementing the comprehensive 2018 Development Plan and ensuring funds from individuals and corporations meet goals to support programming and operations in order to sustain and grow a dynamic, diversified organization.

The position is currently posted on Indeed, but we also wanted to reach out to the Rein in Sarcoma community. Please take a moment to review the position descriptionPlease forward this information to anyone who may be interested in helping to advance the Rein in Sarcoma mission.

Qualified applicants can send their resume and cover letter to:

Health Education Coordinator Update
We are completing final interviews and expect to hire the Health Education Coordinator by the end of May. This person will work closely with medical professionals, the Red Flags Education Committee and Executive Director to develop and implement sarcoma cancer educational programs directed primarily toward medical professionals, with the goal of bring about early diagnosis and effective treatment of sarcoma cancers.

Help make this year’s auction our best ever!

We need your help in making this year’s Party in the Park Silent Auction the best ever. Connect with your colleagues, friends, favorite restaurants, sports venues and ask them to provide a silent auction item. Here are some ideas:

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    1. Vikings tickets
    2. Gift certificate to the hottest new indoor mini golf, game arcade and cocktail bar in town- “Can Can Wonderland” in St. Paul
    3. Do you know a professional gardener who would donate some time to provide landscape help, ideas and labor?
    4. New baby gift basket
    5. Local craft brewery tour, tasting and beer donation.
    6. Host a happy hour at your house if you have a great home or garden OR bring the party to the highest bidder and you do all the work!
    7. The next time you dine out, ask your server to bring the manager over and request a gift card. It is hard for him/her to say no when you have just supported the restaurant. We especially need some high end dining spots and larger amounts $100-$150 for the fall gathering.
    8. Sonos is the new electronic MUST HAVE gadget.
    9. Offer dog walking/sitting, baby sitting or piano lessons.
    10. We always need items that appeal to teenagers and their parents and grandparents.

Learn more and get all the info you need. Its really great fun!

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