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Volunteer Spotlight – Maryann Duke

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Maryann Duke and Sarcoma Family Picnic centerpieces

How do flowers make you feel? Might seeing colorful, creative, live floral centerpieces at Rein in Sarcoma events bring a sense of being nurtured to your soul? Think about the people that grow these blooms, donate their beauty, deliver them with care, knowing they quietly, and mindfully represent our collective mission of support, education and research.

We want to thank our botanical matriarch, Maryann Duke, as we recognize her volunteer leadership this month. Together, with her floral arranging support team, which has included Diana Thorne-Lund, Jean Thorne, Sarah Giga, Sequoia Wyckoff, and Acacia Wyckoff, along with the generous gifts of flowers from Dale and Ruth Bachman, Maryann has created floral centerpieces to decorate patient and family gatherings and picnics, education events, and fundraisers for nearly two decades.

When asked why have you volunteered with Rein in Sarcoma for so many years? Maryann answered, “It is all about Karen, she was an amazing young woman. If you knew her – volunteering honors Karen, and her work and vision.”Read More

Walser Subaru’s “Share the Love” Benefits RIS

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Rein In Sarcoma is proud to be a Walser Subaru local charity partner for 2018. The Walser Subaru dealership in Burnsville, MN is a strong advocate in the work to support and improve outcomes for sarcoma patients. If you are looking for a fantastic car, November 15 – January 2 is a great time to participate in the Share the Love event at Walser Subaru. When purchasing a new Subaru during the campaign, a buyer can designate $250 to a charity partner. Funds raised on behalf of Rein in Sarcoma go to advance our mission.

In addition to the Share the Love event and hosting RIS educational displays at the dealership, Walser Subaru and its General Manager, Jeff Holmquist, have been the Presenting Sponsor of the RIS Party in the Park the past four years. Jeff and his family established an RIS Named Fund in memory of his first wife. Read Lora Holmquist’s sarcoma story.

During the Share the Love event, RIS will also have the opportunity to visit with Walser customers and raise awareness of sarcoma with a display table of notebooks, tote bags, and brochures. If you can volunteer to be an RIS ambassador – on Saturday, December 8 or December 22, 10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., please let us know via email or (763) 205-1467.

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RIS Remembers – December 9, 2018

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The Rein in Sarcoma Patient and Family Support Committee is hosting its second annual Rein in Sarcoma Remembers event on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. This will be a free family-friendly event that will be held at the lovely Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN.

This afternoon of remembrance is specifically for family members and friends who have lost a loved one to sarcoma. Attendees are encouraged to share their stories of loss as well as stories of hope and joy. This is a safe place to make connections with others who have experienced loss, and to reflect on special memories of loved ones. No one needs to walk alone in grief.

Motivational speaker and author Donna Mathiowetz will share her own experiences of dealing with grief after her son’s death. She will encourage us to reflect on our loss in helpful ways.

Following Donna’s talk, we will enjoy a fun art project led by Kat English – no art skills required!

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP by December 5 using the online form, or by calling the RIS office at (763) 205-1467.

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