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Team Sarcoma Far Exceeds Goal

Team Sarcoma 25 milers
Team Sarcoma, made up of 31 sarcoma survivors, family, friends and co-workers, those who lost a family member or friend to sarcoma, Rein in Sarcoma volunteers, and University of Minnesota nurses, doctors, and staff, surpassed their goal by raising nearly $80,000 as part of the Chainbreaker bike ride, August 11. One-hundred percent of the dollars raised goes toward cancer research at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, including sarcoma research.

Check out the team page and why each person rode – maybe you will be inspired to join us next year, or if you haven’t already, it’s not too late to make a donation in support of the team or a specific rider (accepted through October 12, 2018). Thank you to Team Sarcoma riders, Captain Tom Boardman, and their generous supporters!

While the weather was hot, the haze shielded riders from the sun, but made breathing more difficult. The route was enjoyable south of the Twin Cities – well, maybe not those long hills. And there were no injuries among Team Sarcoma – not even Drs. Cheng and Clohisy on the tandem bike! Yes, Carol Skaja-Jacobsen achieved her goal of 50 miles, as did the rest of the team members, whether 25, 50 or 100 miles.

Rein in Sarcoma partners with an external review committee of sarcoma experts (researcher and physicians) to select two to four research proposals to fund each year at the UMN Masonic Cancer Center. The grant recipients will be announced at our Patient and Family Winter Gathering in January 2019. Read about previous research grants.

Enjoy photos of Team Sarcoma from the Chainbreaker opening ceremony and the ride. Special thanks to photographers Ruth Hoban, Val Lopez Torres, and team support extraordinaire, Janelle Calhoun!

Theresa Fetsch – Development Director


Rein in Sarcoma Welcomes

Theresa Fetsch

Development Director

Theresa Fetsch - RIS Development Director

Rein in Sarcoma is very pleased to welcome Theresa Fetsch as our new Development Director. The search committee, made up of members of the Development Committee, the Talent and Resource Committee and Executive Director Janelle Calhoun, selected Theresa from a slate of excellent candidates. Theresa was able to start in time to join us at the Party in the Park!

Theresa brings prior event coordination and development experience from organizations such as the St. Paul Winter Carnival, Twin Cities Marathon, The Minneapolis Aquatennial, Minnesota Fighting AIDS on Bikes, and most recently, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Advertising from St. Thomas as well as relevant leadership coursework.

We are looking forward to Theresa's leadership, working closely with the Development Committee, Executive Director, RIS Board and committee leadership, to insure long-term funding sustainability of Rein in Sarcoma's mission. Theresa is already engaged in the planning and execution of the upcoming RIS Golf Tournament and Fall Fundraiser.

Theresa says, “I'm thrilled to join the Rein In Sarcoma family as Development Director. I'm so passionate about fighting cancer and ultimately finding a cure because my father passed away from cancer, my niece is a cancer survivor, and my mom is a two-time cancer survivor. I'm really excited to get to work to support Sarcoma education, patients and their families and research."

You can reach Theresa at 1-844-727-2662 ext. 6 or

Welcome Theresa!

2018-2019 Sarcoma Scholars

We're pleased to introduce Rein in Sarcoma's five 2018-2019 Sarcoma Scholars from the University of Minnesota and Mayo Medical Schools! This is the tenth year RIS has awarded scholarships to medical students, who spend the year completing various projects and presentations to bring sarcoma awareness to their fellow students as well as the larger community of medical professionals. The scholars are supervised by Dr. Kathryn Dusenbery of the University of Minnesota and Dr. Scott Okuno of the Mayo Clinic. The Scholars were introduced at the Party in the Park.

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