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.
I decided to run the Chicago Marathon this year to honor my friend Blake Hastings and to raise funds and provide awareness for Rein In Sarcoma – particularly because it’s my understanding that sarcoma patients don’t always have the benefits Blake has of a strong support system. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. To be clear, the operative word is decided.
I was in our Minneapolis office in late February this year chatting with Blake at his desk and listening to him complain about pain in his foot. The only reason that discussion was seared into my memory was because a few weeks later Blake told me he had Ewing Sarcoma – it was in his foot. The only reason that conversation even happened in February is because I’d just told Blake that I was signed up for the marathon. He asked how it was going; I said I wasn’t really doing anything yet, and he mentioned pain in his foot that was bothering him. We talked about running in the pool and I probably quipped that he should get over it.