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Support the Mud Dog Riders and RIS!

Mud Dog ridersThe 2017 Mud Dog Ride for RIS will coincide with the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association 33nd annual Winter Rendezvous, February 10-12 at the Timberlake Lodge Hotel in Grand Rapids, MN. This is both snowmobile ride and fundraiser done in memory of Eric Skogman who rode with the Mud Dogs until he lost his life to sarcoma. You can join the ride, or support the riders with your donation.

Click here for more information and links to specific riders.

Sixth Edition of the Rein in Sarcoma Patient Notebook is Published

RIS Sarcoma Patient Starter NotebookThe new sixth edition of the Rein in Sarcoma Patient Starter Notebook is now printed and ready to distribute or download.  If you are a new or recurring patient at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, Mayo Clinic or Children’s Hospitals and Clinics your doctor should have copies of the book in a week or two. Please ask them to give you one. This edition was edited by Elisabeth Will and has been updated by the doctors on our Medical Advisory Board.

If you are currently being treated somewhere else, you can go on the RIS website and download it or you can request that a hard copy be sent to you free of charge. Patients constantly tell us how valuable they find this resource so please ask for yours.


Connie Dow – Welcome our new Administrative Assistant

Connie Dow and T. C. Bear

Connie and her puppy meet T.C. Bear

We are very pleased to announce that Connie Dow has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant.  Many of you already know Connie as she has been a RIS Volunteer for many years.  She has recently retired from the position of Director at Oak Meadows and is now going to help us further our sarcoma mission.  You will meet her at some of the committee meetings, at activities and as the first contact for new volunteers and patients.  Connie has had a lot of experience and will be of assistance to Rein in Sarcoma in many ways.  Connie lives with her partner, sarcoma survivor, Allan Swartz and their new puppy (her other retirement project).  Please welcome her when you see her.


Laura Gossett

Laura Gossett


Unfortunately gaining Connie means we are losing Laura Gossett who has served us in the position in many ways.  Even though she will be spending more time on her family we are so pleased that she is still going to volunteer for us.  Her particular interest is in supporting patients and their families and she will remain on the Patient and Family Support Committee.  When you see her please thank her for the many hours of work she has done on behalf of all of us.

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