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.
With this issue of the RIS Update, we officially welcome Julieann Selden as the editor of the RIS electronic newsletter and express our deep appreciation to Raúl Zavaleta who has edited this publication for the last three and one-half years.
Raúl, who lives in San Francisco, works for Intuitive Surgical as a project manager. While studying marketing and international affairs at the University of Texas, he lost an aunt to breast cancer. After this loss, he wanted to make a difference for cancer patients and served as an intern with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
After he moved to San Francisco, Raúl continued to want to make that difference and volunteering remotely as editor of the RIS electronic newspaper allowed him to do that. He has now decided to pursue a graduate degree in public health which will continue to give him new opportunities to help others. He says “Rein in Sarcoma has given me a fantastic opportunity to educate and inform people about sarcoma cancers and in so doing empower them to better deal with the disease.”
For our volunteer spotlight of the month we would like to recognize Frank Miske III.
As Vice President of Custom Business Forms (CBF), Frank has helped us advance and promote our mission by providing exceptional printing services that we couldn’t do without—most of our brochures, flyers, posters and annual reports come from Custom Business Forms.
In addition to his contributions through CBF, Frank also volunteers in the Marketing and PR Committee and enjoys participating in silent auctions at our events, striving to raise as many funds as possible to help us reach our mission.
Frank expresses his drive for Rein in Sarcoma:
“I work for organizations that need a helping hand, and that makes me feel needed.”
Frank has been a friend of the Wyckoffs’ for over 20 years and an invaluable member of Rein in Sarcoma for over six years. With this recognition, we thank Frank Miske III for his support and service.