Opportunity for Osteosarcoma patients and families
The University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center recently established the Biology of Osteosarcoma (BOOST) Registry and Biobank which offers a single location where every patient with osteosarcoma and their relatives can participate in research. The hope is that by gathering information on a very large number of osteosarcoma patients and their families from all over the world, researchers can gain a better understanding of osteosarcoma incidence and survival which may lead to the ability to predict who is susceptible, detect tumors when they are small and eventually a cure.
The BOOST registry and ongoing University of Minnesota osteosarcoma research is made possible in part through the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund of the Children's Cancer Research Fund, as well as the Rein in Sarcoma Foundation.
The 2017 Mud Dog snowmobile ride successfully logged more than 250 trail miles in memory of Eric Skogman and to benefit Rein In Sarcoma. The group of four (with additional riders/support persons joining on day two) rode from the Mille Lacs area to Grand Rapids on Feb 8 - 9, ending at the 2017 MN USA Winter Swowmobile Rendezvous.
A total of over $5000 was raised in support of the Mud Dog Ride, including an anonymous $2,000 Mud Dog Challenge Grant. Thanks to the Mud Dog participants and everyone who donated in support of the ride!
On Sunday, January 29th Rein in Sarcoma hosted our largest Winter Gathering to date. Over 100 people were entertained and inspired to live our best lives even after a sarcoma diagnosis. We were inspired to create joy out of trials, to appreciate the small things, and to laugh and smile whenever possible.
The afternoon began with Rein in Sarcoma President Pete Wyckoff giving the audience an introduction to Rein in Sarcoma. Wyckoff spoke about who we serve and what we do as a Foundation. He touched on how we support patients, how we help sarcoma scholars, and how we fund research for sarcoma treatments. He encouraged guests to get involved with Rein in Sarcoma as everyone has talents they can offer. You can read more about our volunteer opportunities here.
Next, 2017 Party in the Park Chair Chelsey Olafson gave a compelling talk encouraging guests to sign up to volunteer at our largest event this summer. Party in the Park will be held on Monday, July 24th. Olafson touched on many of the volunteer opportunities available, while adding that this is a highly entertaining, family-friendly event which will be open to the general public.
The afternoon continued to be highly engaging and entertaining when local comedian Tim Gabrielson performed live magic tricks and invited two audience members to perform with him. One of his tricks with audience participation and numbers left us all amazed and perplexed. Gabrielson made us laugh at several jokes, including his joke that animal crackers were made for vegetarians. Throughout his presentation Gabrielson encouraged us to smile more often and be warm and engaging to others to make the world a better place. He had a compelling message that if we choose to have a positive outlook we are likely to be happier. At the close of the event Gabrielson was gracious in meeting with audience members and autographing copies of his book, Lemons to Laughter.