The 2019 Rein in Sarcoma Excellence in Education Award was awarded to Dr. Christian Ogilvie at the recent Fall Fundraiser. Dr. Ogilvie has been a dedicated sarcoma cancer educator with Rein in Sarcoma since 2011.
Dr. Ogilvie is currently an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota and serves as clinic director for the Orthopedic Surgery clinic.. His primary focus is the care of bone and soft tissue tumors in people of all ages.
Dr. Ogilvie’s passion around sarcoma education and improved speed of accurate diagnosis has touched the lives of medical students, physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers across the state of Minnesota. He chairs the Rein in Sarcoma Medical Advisory Board and is a past Rein in Sarcoma Board member. He continues to provide training to the RIS Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars. Dr. Ogilvie is always the first to offer his time when it comes to educational presentations. There is no doubt his work positively impacts the odds of sarcoma survival.
We remembered Karen Wyckoff’s vision to support sarcoma patients and to galvanize researchers to find a cure for the disease. Many friends of the Wyckoff family who were there in the beginning as the foundation took shape, came for this historic evening to honor Pete and Sue Wyckoff for their passion and tireless energy in furthering the sarcoma story. The Wyckoff family, Pete, Sue and son Pete, and a host of family and close friends helped establish RIS as a nationally recognized organization.
In addition to Pete and Sue, we recognized the educators and researchers who work in the trenches with patients, in the lecture halls with students and in research labs. On this special night, Dr. Randy Hurley, medical director of oncology and hematology at Regions Hospital and Karen Wyckoff’s oncologist, presented the 2019 Excellence in Education Award to Dr. Christian Ogilvie. New research grants to Mayo Clinic and Children’s Minnesota, totaling $45,000, were announced.
As the evening continued it was clear the RIS mission would continue to make an impact under the strong leadership of Blake Hastings, RIS Board President and sarcoma survivor. Blake shared his sarcoma story, recounting with gratitude the physicians who expertly treated him with care and compassion and welcomed all to enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening.
After dinner and an exciting live auction, Denis Clohisy, University of Minnesota orthopedic surgeon, introduced Casey O’Brien, the evening's keynote speaker. Casey’s physical presence, his story as a four-time cancer survivor, and his drive to beat sarcoma to achieve his dream of playing football for the University of Minnesota Gophers was absolutely captivating. Casey embodies the RIS vision. He received expert care from physicians at the University of Minnesota who often work in collaboration with doctors and researchers at Mayo Clinic. He is also surrounded by a community of supporters who continue to encourage him to shoot for the stars. Casey inspired us to continue to educate, support, and to give generously to sarcoma research. Watch Casey's story.
At the close of a perfect evening, nearly $170,000 was raised to further the sarcoma story so that more stories of hope like Casey’s can be shared. Since the inception of RIS, research grants totaling $2 million have been awarded. It was truly a night to remember, honor and celebrate!
Thank you to our photographers: Bill Donovan and Ruth Hoban (photo booth)
Dr. Katherine Dusenbery, founder of the RIS Sarcoma Scholar Program, assembled an outstanding faculty for the annual Sarcoma Scholar Boot Camp. This year’s Camp was held in September at the Fairview Ridges Specialty Center in Burnsville. The purpose of this evening was to give our 2019-2020 RIS Jan Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars a broad and unique introduction to Sarcoma Cancers. The faculty for the evening for the evening included two hematology-oncology physicians, Dr. Randy Hurley from Health Partners/ Regions Hospital and Dr. Scott Okuno from Mayo Clinic, who is also the mentor for the Mayo Scholars. Dr. Christian Ogilvie, orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Dusenbery, radiology oncologist, both from the University of Minnesota, rounded out the instructors.
The five scholars are Ryan Claxton and Jake Kloeber from Mayo, Regina Martinez, Nicholas Reiners, and June Zolfaghari from the University. A four professor to five-student ratio was the perfect set up for an amazing evening of learning. After dinner and getting to know each other, the real learning began. Each of the professors gave a lecture on different aspects of sarcoma, diagnosis, treatment and decision making at each step of the patient’s journey. Then Dr. Dusenbery introduced a real sarcoma case that had presented in her office that afternoon. A lively discussion followed on the next steps and best treatment. The students asked many informed questions throughout the evening and all commented how much they had learned. This is a very beneficial way to start a year of learning about sarcoma, teaching their peers and the public about sarcoma, and joining with Rein in Sarcoma.