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Ride the Chainbreaker with Team Sarcoma

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Whether you are a bike enthusiast or not, how about challenging yourself to ride 25, 50, 100 or 180 miles and raise funds to fight cancer? Join our “Team Sarcoma” as we participate in the Chainbreaker 2018 bike ride for University of Minnesota Cancer Research, August 10-12.

Chainbreaker is a weekend cycling experience with the core purpose of funding cancer research. Chainbreaker puts together a full service experience by providing nutrition, hydration, first aid, bike maintenance, transportation, lodging, and entertainment to ensure a safe, successful, and fun weekend for all of its riders. 100% of every rider-raised dollar goes directly to life-saving cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

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Team Sarcoma at the start of the 2017 Chainbreaker

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Volunteer Spotlight – Steve Burrill

Steve as Father of the Bride

Steve Burrill came into the life of Rein in Sarcoma in a time of major problems, and there could not have been a better man to join us. In the fall of 2016, we experienced the tragic death of the chair of our Finance Committee, and the volunteer treasurer at Rein in Sarcoma resigned. We needed new financial leadership, and we needed it quickly. 

Former treasurer Tom Dougherty and the new chair of our Finance Committee, Jeff Dobbs, worked to secure new and experienced leadership to manage and oversee the finances of our non-profit. After finding excellent new volunteers including treasurer, Tom McCarthy, and Mitch Atherton, we were in need of a volunteer bookkeeper. Jeff suggested his soon-to-be father-in-law, Steve Burrill, who had first-hand experience surviving major life challenges.

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Winter Gathering, “Come in Out the the Cold” a Success

2018 Winter Gathering Survivors

2018 Winter Gathering

On the afternoon of Sunday, January 28th, Bachman’s Garden Center in Minneapolis was filled with laughter and hope. The Rein in Sarcoma Winter Gathering, Come in Out of the Cold,” was a place for those affected by sarcoma to laugh, learn and connect.
The afternoon began with an introduction by Kraig Kuusinen, the Chair of the Patient and Family Support Committee.  Kuusinen greeted the guests, introduced himself and then gave everyone an overview of the event’s agenda.

Next, newly elected Rein in Sarcoma President Debra Cossette introduced herself and explained how after seventeen years of leading the foundation Pete and Sue Wyckoff are stepping down from their leadership roles but will continue to volunteer with Rein in Sarcoma. Cossette gave an overview of what Rein in Sarcoma does and how it serves patients and their families.

Cossette concluded with introducing volunteer Frank Miske as the 2018 Party in the Park Chairperson.

After formal introductions were made it was time to laugh. Two comedians from ComedySportz led five improvisational skits with audience participation. Three volunteers, Kraig, Adam and Chastity all graciously and humorously made their way on stage and aided the comedians in various skits.

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