Dr. Katherine Dusenbery, founder of the RIS Sarcoma Scholar Program, assembled an outstanding faculty for the annual Sarcoma Scholar Boot Camp. This year’s Camp was held in September at the Fairview Ridges Specialty Center in Burnsville. The purpose of this evening was to give our 2019-2020 RIS Jan Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars a broad and unique introduction to Sarcoma Cancers. The faculty for the evening for the evening included two hematology-oncology physicians, Dr. Randy Hurley from Health Partners/ Regions Hospital and Dr. Scott Okuno from Mayo Clinic, who is also the mentor for the Mayo Scholars. Dr. Christian Ogilvie, orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Dusenbery, radiology oncologist, both from the University of Minnesota, rounded out the instructors.
The five scholars are Ryan Claxton and Jake Kloeber from Mayo, Regina Martinez, Nicholas Reiners, and June Zolfaghari from the University. A four professor to five-student ratio was the perfect set up for an amazing evening of learning. After dinner and getting to know each other, the real learning began. Each of the professors gave a lecture on different aspects of sarcoma, diagnosis, treatment and decision making at each step of the patient’s journey. Then Dr. Dusenbery introduced a real sarcoma case that had presented in her office that afternoon. A lively discussion followed on the next steps and best treatment. The students asked many informed questions throughout the evening and all commented how much they had learned. This is a very beneficial way to start a year of learning about sarcoma, teaching their peers and the public about sarcoma, and joining with Rein in Sarcoma.
This gathering will begin with our speaker, End of Life Doula, Christy Moe Marek, followed by an opportunity to unite in friendship and conversation. Snacks and beverages will be provided. We will follow social time with an outdoor hike through the nature preserve led by a Minneapolis Parks Naturalist within the North Mississippi Regional Park.
Please RSVP at the Rein in Sarcoma Facebook page event, Rein in Sarcoma Remembers, or call the office at 763-205-1467.
Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center
4900 Mississippi Court
Minneapolis, MN 55430
A great time was had by by all at the August 25 Rochester Sarcoma Research Fundraiser. The event brought together sarcoma patients and families as well as Mayo Clinic medical professionals and their families for an afternoon of outdoor fun and music by Six Mile Grove band members, Brandon Sampson and John Wheeler. Drs. Steven Robinson and Britany Siontis of Mayo Clinic spoke to the attendees about Sarcoma and Rein in Sarcoma's mission, along with Sarcoma Survivor, Kara Dolney who related her sarcoma journey. Over $3000 was raised for RIS research funding at the first of what is hoped to be an annual event. Thanks to all the participants!
A special thanks to Dianna Robinson and the Dolney Family for their organization of this fun, successful event. Thanks to Little Thistle Brewing Co for hosting the event and Associated Bank for their generous support.