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Snow Doesn’t Stop Rein in Sarcoma Annual Meeting

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Thanks to webmeeting technology the Rein in Sarcoma Board was able to carry out business in spite of a very snowy day! We were disappointed to forego the potluck dinner and being able to meet in person, but glad we had a Plan B.

Tom McCarthy reported that the organization grew by almost 30% in 2016 furthering our mission and allowing us to make significant strategic decisions for 2017. The Board approved $148,000 in new Sarcoma research grants at the University of Minnesota that will soon be made public. Funding of a second year of research grants at Mayo Clinic, Children's Hospitals and Clinics and SARC was approved, as was funding for RIS Sarcoma Scholars at both at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Medical Schools for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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2018 – New Board Members

The following new members were elected to the RIS Board of Directors at the January 22 Annual Meeting:


Blake Hastings

Blake Hastings is Managing Director Minneapolis/St Paul at CBRE, a commercial real estate services and investment firm. He was diagnosed with sarcoma in 2017 and both he and his co-workers at CBRE actively supported RIS, raising funds with a marathon and a chili cook-off. We look forward to Blake’s enthusiasm and non-profit board experience as a member of the Development Committee and as board Vice President.

Valeria Lopez Torres

Valeria Lopez Torres is a Visual Artist, Designer and Educator currently teaching at Century College. She has been our talented go-to graphics designer since she joined the PR-Marketing Committee in 2015, recently becoming committee chair. In addition to the beautiful event posters, invitations, and programs she has contributed, Val’s graphic design students redesigned our organizational brochure in 2017.

Scott Okuno, MD

Scott Okuno, MD is Medical Director of the Oncology Department for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin and Cancer Coordinating Committee chair for all of Mayo Clinic Health System. He has been supervising the RIS Sarcoma Scholars at Mayo Clinic since 2015, serves on our Medical Advisory Board, and is the key link between RIS and Mayo Clinic.

Linda Pomeroy

Linda Pomeroy has been a long time RIS volunteer active with the Party in the Park auction and garage sales. She and her husband, Rick, established the Andrea Pomeroy Named Fund in honor of their daughter who died from sarcoma. Linda sells “Andrea’s Tea Blend” to raise money for RIS, inspired by the tea room and gift shop she and her daughter owned together.

Retiring Board Members: We thank the following board members who completed their three-year term for their generous service to Rein in Sarcoma.

Sue Wyckoff - two terms, Sue will continue as Chair of the Red Flags Education Committee
Pete Wyckoff - two terms and outgoing Board President, Pete will continue to lead collaboration efforts with other sarcoma organizations.
Theresa Baultrippe - two terms, member Red Flags
Courtney Clemens - one term, outgoing Secretary
Christian Ogilvie, MD - one term, Medical Advisory Board and Red Flags lecturer

Thank you to all the Board members who serve RIS!

Join Us for the 2018 Party in the Park Kickoff Meeting

All who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to attend the 2018 Party in the Park Kickoff meeting and celebration, Tuesday, March 13.  Last year worked so well that we are holding this meeting at Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul again this year.

Summit Brewing Company
910 Montreal Circle, St Paul MN

Map and directions

Signature Cafe

Kickoff Schedule:

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  -  Have dinner at the Kickoff! - Signatures' Cafe "Signature on Wheels" Food Truck with tasty dinner options available.   Check out the menu.  A portion of the food sales will be donated to RIS.  Each attendee is welcome to one free beer or root beer.  

6:00 p.m.  to 6:30 p.m. - Complimentary VIP 30 minute brewery tour - limited availability -sign up on the RSVP form.

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. -  Kickoff Meeting. We will celebrate our accomplishments and reflect on the previous 17 years of success, as well as highlight changes for this year's event.


  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Highlights from 2017 Party in the Park
  • Unveiling of the 2018 Party graphics!
  • Initial committee meetings including: Party Program, Silent Auction, Sarcoma Family Picnic, Logistics

This is the perfect opportunity to meet other volunteers, share your ideas and get involved! Please RSVP by March 12 so we can plan accordingly. However, please join us whether or not you  RSVP! Bookmark the 2018 Party in the Park page - we will continue to update as plans come into place.

Questions: Call 763-205-1467 or email the event chair, Frank Miske III

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