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!
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.
Over a dozen sarcoma advocacy groups, some which focus on specific sarcoma sub-types and those covering all types of sarcoma, met in Chicago on June 1, with the purpose of forming a coalition to “achieve more – together.” The purpose of the Sarcoma Coalition is not to replace any organization, but by working together, the individual organizations hope to leverage their collective strength to make a greater impact in meeting the needs of the sarcoma community. All of the groups in attendance, by phone or in person, agreed that this idea has promise through the continuum of the sarcoma journey, from diagnosis and treatment, to survivorship and quality of life issues.
The group decided that concentrating on a just a few areas would be the best use of available time and talent. In addition to the Educational Work Group, the coalition is in the process of determining the focus of a second work group. All work groups will be made up of representatives of the member organizations.Read More