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Bike Ride for Rein in Sarcoma

2018 Team Sarcoma

Ride with Team Sarcoma
Saturday, August 17

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Join us for a fun trail ride while supporting sarcoma research! Ride out and back 22 miles from University of Minnesota. Cyclists of all levels welcome! Chainbreaker resumes in 2020 - let’s keep Team Sarcoma energized in 2019! Registration and fundraising details to come.

Getting Excited for the 2019 Party in the Park

Our signature event is “Party in the Park” which takes place at Como Park in St. Paul, MN on Monday, July 29. This year the event is free, donations welcome. Most activities will be centered around the East Picnic Pavilions and green space area. The event Entertainment will include music, inflatables, face painting, kids' games and arcade, and carousel rides. You will also find Sarcoma Corner, the Garden of Hope and be able to make a luminary to honor a loved one. The silent auction will give you the opportunity to take home many unique items while supporting the Rein in Sarcoma Mission. You may also want to support RIS through our 2019 raffle.

Your Chance to Win!
Support our 2019 RIS Raffle!

We have three exciting prizes for our raffle. We are selling raffle tickets for only $5 a piece, and all funds received will be used to help our mission. Drawing will take place at the Party in the Park. Winner must be 18 years or older and need not be present to win.

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Symposium Brings Together RIS Sponsored Researchers

2019 RIS Research Symposium

Funding sarcoma research is one prong of Rein in Sarcoma’s three-pronged mission. With the great support of donors including a significant gift through the Hallie Anne Brown Named Fund, physicians, researchers, and board members RIS expanded research funding in 2017. This expansion not only grew our commitment to the University of Minnesota, but provided research grants to Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Dr. Scott Okuno, Dr. Brenda Weigel and Dr. Larry Seymour
Dr. Scott Okuno, Dr. Brenda Weigel and Dr. Larry Seymour

At that time the Rein in Sarcoma Research Committee was formed to oversee RIS research grant awards. To provide a forum for researchers to present findings to RIS stakeholders and further the collaboration among RIS sponsored researchers, the committee initiated the first RIS Researcher Symposium, held at the UMN Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building on April 27. Co-hosted by committee chair, Dr. Larry Seymour, Peter Wyckoff, and Dr. David Largaespada, the symposium was incredibly successful and we look forward to another in 2020!

RIS Board and Researchers

Informal discussions between researchers and board members

Allan Swartz and Dr. David Largaespada

Allan Swartz and Dr. David Largaespada

After breakfast with the committee and RIS Board members, the 2017 research grant recipients presented their work to each other and Research Committee members. At the end of the morning, Dr. David Largaespada led board and Research Committee members on an captivating tour of his sarcoma research lab. We met and heard from four student researchers about their work in finding the mechanisms and potential cures to sarcoma cancers.

2019 UMN Sarcoma Student Researchers

2019 UMN Sarcoma Student Researchers

Research Lab

UMN Research Lab

Thanks to Dr. Largaespada and his colleagues for hosting the symposium and providing the tour, with special thanks to Emerson Fuller for her detailed coordination assistance. We appreciate the presenting researchers’ preparation and willingness to participate. Thanks also to Bill Donovan for photographing the morning.

Presenting Researchers: L. Chinsoo Cho, MD, Erin Dickerson, PhD, Avudaiappan Maran, PhD, Kris Ann Schultz, MD, Jessica Lawrence, DVM

UMN Sarcoma Lab Researchers: Minu Bhunia, Bryant Keller, Emily Pope, Julia Nikrad

RIS Research Committee: Dr Larry Seymour, Brenda Weigel, MD, David Largaespada, PhD, Kris Ann Schultz, MD, Scott Okuno, MD, Keith Skubitz, MD, Peter Wyckoff, Janelle Calhoun

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