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Dr. Katie Dusenbery Receives First Annual Excellence in Education Award

The Red Flags Committee, a team of volunteers committed to advancing the educational mission of Rein in Sarcoma, decided it was important to celebrate those who have helped forward our mission to educate doctors about sarcoma. The first award was given out at the Fall Fundraiser and it was obvious to all of us who should be the first recipient.

Dusenbery, KatieDr. Katie Dusenbery was a dedicated charter Board member. Over the years, she conceived of and acted as “Dean of the Sarcoma Mini-Medical School”, hosted Donor Dinners, and co-chaired our first Fall Fundraiser last year. In 2009, she conceived of what was to become RIS’s most impactful educational program, the RIS Sarcoma Scholars.

Dr. Dusenbery had an idea to create a scholarship as a way to educate highly talented, motivated University of Minnesota medical students about sarcoma cancers and have them to educate their classmates. In 2009, the first Sarcoma Scholar was chosen. Since that time there have been 32 scholars, the program has expanded to the Mayo Clinic as well. This year we have four scholars from the University and two from Mayo. Dr. Okuno at Mayo supervises the scholars there. Dr. Dusenbery created a sarcoma scholar “boot camp” that she and Dr. Okuno run jointly. It is a wonderful program that starts their scholar year with a super infusion of knowledge.Read More

“Why RIS, Why now, Why you?” – Fall Fundraiser

A beautiful fall evening on the Mississippi River set the stage for the Rein in Sarcoma Second Annual Fundraiser at Nicollet Island Inn on October 12.  As the sun set beyond the Minneapolis skyline, an extended community of sarcoma survivors, family, friends, physicians, researchers, and medical students gathered for an amazing event to benefit the RIS mission of education, patient support and research.

Weighty topics for sure, yet the evening was purposefully designed to uplift, inspire and expand the vision to improve patient outcomes and save lives. During the social hour, guests had the opportunity to connect and enjoy an array of entertaining activities including a silent auction as a prelude to the evening.


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Rein in Sarcoma Remembers – Fall Gathering

Sunflowers by Ron EggertThe Rein in Sarcoma Patient and Family Support Committee is hosting a Fall Gathering, “Rein in Sarcoma Remembers,” for family and friends who’ve lost a loved one to sarcoma. The event will take place on Thursday, November 30th from 6-9 p.m. at the Solar Arts Building in Minneapolis. The evening will include time to connect with others who have experienced a similar loss.  We will break bread as we enjoy appetizers and share our experiences and memories.

We will also be making a fun keepsake art project in memory of our loved ones. We’re aware that sarcoma strongly affects caregivers and the loved ones of sarcoma patients and we’re hoping to bring encouragement and support to anyone who is grieving. Everyone who’s lost a loved one to sarcoma has a unique story and this is the place to safely share your memories and experiences with others. See the event pdf.

The evening will include social time with appetizers from Marino’s Deli, a presentation from Allie DeCamillis of Gilda’s Club, table discussions, guitar music and a keepsake art project which will be led by a local artist. The night will be both encouraging and uplifting. We hope you can join us!

Please RSVP using our online form or call Sue Wyckoff (651-486-9114) by Monday, November 20th

Rein in Sarcoma Remembers
Thursday, November 30th, 2017 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Solar Arts Building
711 NE 15th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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