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2021 Cancer Survivorship Conference

2019 Survivorship Conference

Brenda Schurhamer, Janelle Calhoun and Mike Schurhamer at the 2019 Survivorship Conference

Saturday, April 17,  8:00 a.m. – 11:30  a.m.
University of Minnesota 2021 Cancer Survivorship Virtual Conference

The 15th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference will be a virtual event with no in person elements. The event is a collaboration between Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota and M Health Fairview, and is an excellent opportunity for survivors, parents, and caregivers, as well as healthcare professionals. The free conference will “focus on maintaining wellness, while exploring the issues survivors and their families often face after cancer treatment. Survivors and their support system will learn how to better advocate for themselves and lead full and productive lives.”

The half-day conference includes: Cancer Survivorship Conference | Cancer Survivorship Program (

  • Cancer Survivorship: Past, Present and Future
  • Surviving Survivorship
  • Cancer and Mental Health
  • Cannabis Use in Cancer Patients

Exhibitors, including Rein in Sarcoma, will have virtual booths – websites – with information, videos, links, and more. You can also connect with exhibit representatives directly to ask questions and learn more about their offerings.

To register, You will be emailed a confirmation. Web information will be sent in April with directions on how to participate in the virtual event. If you are having difficulty registering for the conference, please try a different browser (Chrome works well). You may register by phone at 612-624-2620 or email Registration closes April 15, 2021.

Michael and Brenda Schurhamer to chair 2021 Party in the Park

Mike and Brenda Schurhamer


We are honored and excited to have been asked to chair the 2021 Party in the Park. We have enjoyed attending this event since Michael’s Synovial Sarcoma diagnosis in 2006. At that time, we were referred to Rein in Sarcoma and the Party In The Park by Dr. Clohisy. We enjoyed the survivor camaraderie and socializing with the doctors in the informal setting. From the beginning, we felt compelled to donate and volunteer to pay back the support we received.

Over the years we have assisted with Party in the Park, the Patient and Family Support Committee, and attended Fall Fundraisers, Mini-Medical schools, and Winter Gatherings. We hope to continue the RIS mission of supporting sarcoma survivors and loved ones, fundraising for medical research, and heightening sarcoma awareness through education initiatives.

With all the isolation over the past year, we need to be together and support each other. We’re hoping that this year’s event enables all of you to reconnect with each other, finding the friendships and connections we have experienced over the years.

Realizing that a full “in person” event wouldn’t be a safe way to gather, we’re working to come up with a creative hybrid gathering. Those plans are still in the “bubbling up” stages. While this year’s Party may look a little different, we know that it’ll be one to remember. We’re sure whatever the final decision is, it’ll be a fun, creative option that everyone will be able to enjoy. Stay tuned!

Please complete this short survey to help with the planning of the 2021 event.

If you’d like to help with planning the event, we’d love to see you at the Party in the Park Kickoff – Thursday March 18, 6:30 p.m. Sign up for the virtual kickoff – a Zoom link will be emailed to you.

Educating Physician Assistants

Conner O'Brien

Conner O’Brien

Dr. Christian Ogilvie

Christian Ogilvie, MD

On February 10, 2021 rhabdomyosarcoma survivor, Conner O’Brien, and University of Minnesota orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christian Ogilvie, shared their time with the class of 2022 physician assistant students from Bethel University via Zoom to bring forth awareness and education on sarcoma and the impact it may have on the medical provider.

At the start of the session, Connor walked the students through his sarcoma story from diagnosis to remission. He spoke vulnerably about his experience with rhabdomyosarcoma and how the special relationship that he developed with his oncology PA impacted him during his treatment. The students then had a Q & A with Connor and asked a variety of questions in what it was like getting diagnosed with and having cancer, going through treatment, his support system, his involvement with Rein in Sarcoma, and even what kind of diet he had during treatment!

After Conner’s session, Dr. Ogilvie presented education on types of sarcoma, populations affected, and how they present clinically. He shared an inspiring candid view of how he got into this specific field of medicine. His passion could be seen as he talked about some of the experiences he has had over the years.

The Bethel PA students were very appreciative of Conner and Dr. Ogilvie’s time and their willingness to share their personal stories and education about sarcoma. Sarcoma is an insidious cancer that is often not emphasized to students entering into a provider role. They may read about it in textbooks, but giving a face and a genuine story about the impact of this disease makes it more personal for the PA who is providing the care, and thus more memorable as to not miss the diagnosis.

Through the relationship between Bethel University and Rein in Sarcoma, PA students now have sarcoma education they can implement in their future practice that they would not have otherwise had before this encounter. Because of this, the likelihood these PAs will be able to recognize sarcoma when they see it in the future is increased. Through the relationship between these two organizations, future sarcoma patients may have a better outcome and/or experience because PAs graduating from Bethel University had this opportunity during their training.   

– Written by Jennifer Gribble, PA Student Class of 2022

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