Fantastic Response to the Year End Campaign by the Sarcoma Community
Thanks to all of you, Rein in Sarcoma goes into 2018 poised for another year of seminal research, education and patient support. Our initial goal for the year end campaign was $20,000; by December 15th we had met that goal. Board Members Blake Hastings and Bruce Seiber along with their families quickly added additional challenge dollars and they were joined by three other anonymous donors.
With the additional $10,000 in challenge money, many donors stepped in to go the extra mile toward a world without sarcoma. Donations came in from the RIS community, as well as new donors. A seven year old girl sent in two dollars in honor of her grandmother, many grateful patients sent donations in honor of their doctor, and many community members sent donations large and small all with the same aim to support cutting edge research, education to increase awareness and save lives, and patient and family support.
The result of all of this effort put us over our goal, at nearly $45,000!Read More
RIS depends on volunteers to make our mission a reality. We had several new volunteers join us last month! Here are the volunteer opportunities that we are currently looking to fill:
Red Flags Committee
The Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags Committee is looking for volunteers who can help get the word out and educate the public about sarcoma cancers. This committee works with the Sarcoma Scholars, updates the Patient Starter Notebook, attends medical conferences and other events to educate attendees about sarcoma cancers. Volunteers for the Red Flags Committee will attend events and meetings throughout the year.
For more information about this volunteer position contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 3 or by email.
Apply for this position at: New Volunteer Form
Public Relations and Marketing Committee
Marketing Committee Member -
Rein in Sarcoma’s Marketing Committee will develop a comprehensive communications plan that will market and promote the mission of our organization. Committee members will make sure that our marketing tools will follow the organization’s brand. Marketing tools include but are not limited to: website, newsletter, social media, training, PowerPoints, letterhead, t-shirts, and print materials.
The Website Sub-committee is looking for a volunteer with website design experience to assist the team in enhancing the user experience on our website. Prior experience with WordPress, our website platform, is a plus. Volunteer would work remotely, however, they would need to be able to meet in person quarterly with the website team, at a central Twin Cities location.
For more information about this volunteer position contact Deb Cossette by email.
Apply for this position at: New Volunteer Form
Social Media Sub-Committee:
Rein in Sarcoma is seeking a dedicated volunteer who is interested in assisting with social media, primarily Facebook. This volunteer should be organized, creative and have some experience with graphic design and photo editing. As part of the Marketing and Public Relations committee, it is preferred they are able to attend monthly meetings. Social media posts should be engaging, educational and insightful. Volunteer should be willing to seek out sarcoma stories in the media, local stories of sarcoma patients, educational articles about sarcoma, it's various treatments, recent research, articles about survivorship, caregiving etc. Volunteer should also become familiar with our website and stay updated on current Rein in Sarcoma news and events.
For more information about these volunteer positions contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 3 or by email.
Apply for these positions at: New Volunteer Form
This month, we would like to recognize an extraordinary sarcoma survivor and RIS volunteer, Kraig Kuusinen.
Kraig is an inspiring, kind and motivated sarcoma survivor and volunteer. Diagnosed in 1986, Kraig is now 30 YEARS cancer free from sarcoma!!! A year after his original diagnosis, Kraig began twitching in his arms and legs. Kraig was attending college at the University of Minnesota and was devastated to learn his cancer had returned to the left part of his brain. Back in 1987, *no one* had survived osteosarcoma in the brain... but Kraig did.
In 2005, after almost 20 years cancer free, Kraig learned about the Rein in Sarcoma Foundation and was eager to get involved. He wanted to "give people hope that they can survive and live a normal life."
Kraig is currently is chairman of the Patient and Family Support committee, which matches mentors to newly diagnosed patients, plans supportive events for those affected by sarcoma, and collects donations and assembles care packages which are distributed at local hospitals to newly diagnosed sarcoma patients.