Blake Hastings is Managing Director Minneapolis/St Paul at CBRE, a commercial real estate services and investment firm. He was diagnosed with sarcoma in 2017 and both he and his co-workers at CBRE actively supported RIS, raising funds with a marathon and a chili cook-off. We look forward to Blake’s enthusiasm and non-profit board experience as a member of the Development Committee and as board Vice President.
Valeria Lopez Torres is a Visual Artist, Designer and Educator currently teaching at Century College. She has been our talented go-to graphics designer since she joined the PR-Marketing Committee in 2015, recently becoming committee chair. In addition to the beautiful event posters, invitations, and programs she has contributed, Val’s graphic design students redesigned our organizational brochure in 2017.
Scott Okuno, MD is Medical Director of the Oncology Department for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin and Cancer Coordinating Committee chair for all of Mayo Clinic Health System. He has been supervising the RIS Sarcoma Scholars at Mayo Clinic since 2015, serves on our Medical Advisory Board, and is the key link between RIS and Mayo Clinic.
Linda Pomeroy has been a long time RIS volunteer active with the Party in the Park auction and garage sales. She and her husband, Rick, established the Andrea Pomeroy Named Fund in honor of their daughter who died from sarcoma. Linda sells “Andrea’s Tea Blend” to raise money for RIS, inspired by the tea room and gift shop she and her daughter owned together.
Retiring Board Members: We thank the following board members who completed their three-year term for their generous service to Rein in Sarcoma.
Sue Wyckoff - two terms, Sue will continue as Chair of the Red Flags Education Committee
Pete Wyckoff - two terms and outgoing Board President, Pete will continue to lead collaboration efforts with other sarcoma organizations.
Theresa Baultrippe - two terms, member Red Flags
Courtney Clemens - one term, outgoing Secretary
Christian Ogilvie, MD - one term, Medical Advisory Board and Red Flags lecturer
Thank you to all the Board members who serve RIS!
Fantastic Response to the Year End Campaign by the Sarcoma Community
Thanks to all of you, Rein in Sarcoma goes into 2018 poised for another year of seminal research, education and patient support. Our initial goal for the year end campaign was $20,000; by December 15th we had met that goal. Board Members Blake Hastings and Bruce Seiber along with their families quickly added additional challenge dollars and they were joined by three other anonymous donors.
With the additional $10,000 in challenge money, many donors stepped in to go the extra mile toward a world without sarcoma. Donations came in from the RIS community, as well as new donors. A seven year old girl sent in two dollars in honor of her grandmother, many grateful patients sent donations in honor of their doctor, and many community members sent donations large and small all with the same aim to support cutting edge research, education to increase awareness and save lives, and patient and family support.
The result of all of this effort put us over our goal, at nearly $45,000!Read More
This month, we would like to recognize an extraordinary sarcoma survivor and RIS volunteer, Kraig Kuusinen.
Kraig is an inspiring, kind and motivated sarcoma survivor and volunteer. Diagnosed in 1986, Kraig is now 30 YEARS cancer free from sarcoma!!! A year after his original diagnosis, Kraig began twitching in his arms and legs. Kraig was attending college at the University of Minnesota and was devastated to learn his cancer had returned to the left part of his brain. Back in 1987, *no one* had survived osteosarcoma in the brain... but Kraig did.
In 2005, after almost 20 years cancer free, Kraig learned about the Rein in Sarcoma Foundation and was eager to get involved. He wanted to "give people hope that they can survive and live a normal life."
Kraig is currently is chairman of the Patient and Family Support committee, which matches mentors to newly diagnosed patients, plans supportive events for those affected by sarcoma, and collects donations and assembles care packages which are distributed at local hospitals to newly diagnosed sarcoma patients.