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Marathon to Honor a Friend

2017 Chicago Marathon
I decided to run the Chicago Marathon this year to honor my friend Blake Hastings and to raise funds and provide awareness for Rein In Sarcoma – particularly because it’s my understanding that sarcoma patients don’t always have the benefits Blake has of a strong support system. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. To be clear, the operative word is decided.

I was in our Minneapolis office in late February this year chatting with Blake at his desk and listening to him complain about pain in his foot. The only reason that discussion was seared into my memory was because a few weeks later Blake told me he had Ewing Sarcoma – it was in his foot. The only reason that conversation even happened in February is because I’d just told Blake that I was signed up for the marathon. He asked how it was going; I said I wasn’t really doing anything yet, and he mentioned pain in his foot that was bothering him. We talked about running in the pool and I probably quipped that he should get over it.

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“Hour of Power” Relay – November 14th

Hope and Strength

Thank you to all who supported the Hour of Power Relay by swimming, cheering us on or through a donation. It was an amazing event and we are so grateful for everyone's love and support!

The Franklin Family

2017 Hour of Power swimmers

Hour of Power high five

Hour of power swimmers

Second Annual Hour of Power Relay
Hosted by Holy Angels-Minnehaha Academy Swim Team and the Franklin family

When: Tuesday, November 14th 2017
Where: University of St. Thomas Pool
Time: 5:45 pm Check-in, 6-7 pm Swim

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Ways to Join In:
1. SWIM! Come with your suit and goggles (all swimming levels welcome).
Swimmers will be divided into teams and swim relays for one hour.
2. CHEER! Support our swimmers!
3. RAISE AWARENESS! Hand out Rein in Sarcoma brochures

Proceeds will benefit the Ted Mullin Foundation which supports sarcoma research and the introduction of new therapies for treatment of sarcoma at the University of Minnesota.

Volunteer Spotlight – Sarah Giga

Sarah and Mike Giga and Julie Rose

Sarah and Mike Giga, and Julie Rose

This month, we would like to recognize Sarah Giga, a long time RIS Board member and passionate leader. Sarah has been engaged with RIS from the beginning as a friend of Karen Wyckoff’s big brother, Peter. Sarah was a charter member of the Board of Directors.

Over a dozen years she served in many positions including as Vice-President of the board. She has been instrumental in facilitating Rein in Sarcoma strategic planning process and the development of two organizational long term plans. Sarah currently serves as a key member of our Talent and Resources (personnel) Committee and has been closely involved in the hiring, evaluating, and support our staff, including our new Executive Director, Janelle Calhoun.

Sarah helped with our signature event, Party in the Park, for many years as our merchandise chair and also helped to secure our ice cream vendor, which we have continued to utilize each year. To help our outreach efforts, Sarah created our Facebook page over six years ago; it has since grown to over 2,000 followers.

In real life, Sarah works for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics and Minnesota and with her husband, Mike, lives in Roseville. We thank Sarah for her time, passion, wisdom, and dedication to RIS!

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