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RIS Remembers – December 9, 2018

Sunflowers by Ron Eggert
The Rein in Sarcoma Patient and Family Support Committee is hosting its second annual Rein in Sarcoma Remembers event on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. This will be a free family-friendly event that will be held at the lovely Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN.

This afternoon of remembrance is designed for family members and friends who have lost a loved one to sarcoma, however, everyone is welcome. Attendees are encouraged to share their stories of loss as well as stories of hope and joy. This is a safe place to make connections with others who have experienced loss, and to reflect on special memories of loved ones. No one needs to walk alone in grief.

Motivational speaker and author Donna Mathiowetz will share her own experiences of dealing with grief after her son’s death. She will encourage us to reflect on our loss in helpful ways.

Following Donna’s talk, we will enjoy a fun art project – no art skills required!

If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP by December 7 using the online form, or simply call the RIS office at (763) 205-1467.

Featured Volunteer Needs – November 2018

RIS Volunteers
RIS depends on volunteers to make our mission a reality. Current volunteer opportunities include:

Increase Sarcoma Awareness
Visit with Walser Subaru customers and raise awareness of sarcoma during the "Share the Love" campaign. RIS will host a display table at the Walser Subaru dealership in Burnsville, MN. If you can volunteer to be an RIS ambassador – on Saturday, December 8 or December 22, 10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., please let us know via email or call (763) 205-1467.

Patient and Family Support Committee

Rein in Sarcoma is looking for compassionate volunteers to help us serve the needs of sarcoma patients and their loved ones. Our Patient and Family Support Committee reaches out to sarcoma patients and their loved ones by providing peer-to-peer mentoring, organizing social gatherings for those affected by sarcoma, providing totes of hope bags for newly diagnosed and relapsed sarcoma patients, and by providing informational notebooks to newly diagnosed sarcoma patients. This committee has monthly meetings and plans and attends several gatherings throughout the year. Next meeting is November 13.

For more information about this volunteer position contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 1 or by email.

Apply for this position at: New Volunteer Form

Red Flags Committee

The Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags Committee Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags committee is looking for additional committee members to work on a variety of education programs for healthcare professionals and the public. Program needs include writing, editing and presenting. Depending on the project, time commitment will vary. Our next committee meeting will be scheduled for November 29. If interested, please contact Sue Wyckoff or Naomi Bowman.

For more information about this volunteer position contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 1 or by email.

Apply for this position at: New Volunteer Form

For more information about these volunteer positions contact Connie Dow at Ph: 844-727-2662 ext 1 or by email.

Apply for these positions at: New Volunteer Form

Raising Sarcoma Awareness at School Nurse Conference

Marlee Brice and Naomi Bowman raise sarcoma awareness

Marlee Brice and Naomi Bowman raise sarcoma awareness

Rein in Sarcoma exhibited at the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota 2018 Annual Conference in Brooklyn Park on November 2. This year’s theme was “Enrich, Empower, Accomplish.” Many of the 170 school nurses stopped by the RIS table to learn more about sarcoma. Of the attendees seeking information, 23 also received a gift bag of sunflower seeds and an “I Reined in Sarcoma” sticker after completing a short survey of their basic knowledge about sarcoma. Of the survey takers, 65% said they had little or no familiarity with the signs and symptoms of sarcoma, and 74% would consider publishing a Rein in Sarcoma article about sarcoma in their school newsletter.

Thank you to Marlee Brice, retired RN and Red Flags Committee volunteer, for joining Naomi Bowman, Health Programs Coordinator, for the day of education and networking. If you are aware of similar opportunities for RIS to speak and/or exhibit, please contact Naomi at (844) 727-2662 ext 6, or healthcoordinator@reininsarcoma.org.

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