We need your help in making this year’s Party in the Park Silent Auction the best ever. Connect with your colleagues, friends, favorite restaurants, sports venues and ask them to provide a silent auction item. As an added incentive - for each auction item secured by May 24, we will enter your name in a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Science Museum of Minnesota (six sets of tickets available, expiration June 30). Here are some ideas:
- Vikings tickets
- Gift certificate to the hottest new indoor mini golf, game arcade and cocktail bar in town- “Can Can Wonderland” in St. Paul
- Do you know a professional gardener who would donate some time to provide landscape help, ideas and labor?
- New baby gift basket
- Local craft brewery tour, tasting and beer donation.
- Host a happy hour at our house if you have a great home or garden OR bring the party to the highest bidder and you do all the work!
- The next time you dine out, ask your server to bring the manager over and request a gift card. It is hard for him/her to say no when you have just supported the restaurant. We especially need some high end dining spots and larger amounts $100-$150 for the fall gathering.
- Sonos is the new electronic MUST HAVE gadget.
- Offer dog walking/sitting, baby sitting or piano lessons.
- We always need items that appeal to teenagers and their parents and grandparents.
Learn more and get all the info you need, by clicking here. Its really great fun!
For 17-year-old Miranda Mead her sarcoma journey has changed her life in unimaginable ways. A former cross-country runner, Miranda first thought the pain in her back was a running injury. Unfortunately, days after her 16th birthday, tests revealed she had Ewing's Sarcoma, an aggressive type of bone cancer. During her long periods of treatment in the hospital, "my father and I would walk the oncology floor where I witnessed many young children suffering," said Miranda. "I was very inspired by the fight these little kids had, and it became extremely important for me to turn this negative experience into something positive."
Today, Miranda is cancer-free and will continue to advocate for kids with cancer and the community is responding to her message with the same enthusiasm Miranda espouses. The students at Miranda’s school have become a great support during Miranda’s treatment and are continuing to support her in bringing sarcoma awareness to the community.
Sarcoma research is a main pillar of the three pronged Rein in Sarcoma mission, with over $1.6 million in research grants awarded since its founding. In the summer of 2016, Rein in Sarcoma authorized a request for research grants from the University of Minnesota. We had five external experts review the eleven proposals received, and their recommendations were presented to the Board in January. These awards are the direct result of the broad and deep support that RIS received from so many of you in 2016. Thank you.
The awarded research grants for 2017 are as follows:
Engaging the immune system as a strategy for sarcoma therapy
Principal Investigator: Antonella Borgatti, DVM, MS Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine and Masonic Cancer Center
Co-Investigator: Daniel Vallera, PhD, Professor, Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine and Masonic Cancer Center