Be sure to save the dates to participate in these great 2017 public and Rein in Sarcoma Events. Information will continue to be updated on our website and in future RIS Newletters.
Monday- July 24:
4:30 p.m. RIS Sarcoma Family Picnic
6:00 p.m. 17th Annual Party in the Park
Como Park, St. Paul
August 6-12 / August 20-25
Eden Valley, MN (also a WI location)
Free week long summer camp to support children through and beyond their parent's cancer with innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community. Run by students at the University of Minnesota. For more info and registration
Passionate sarcoma survivor and warrior, Chelsey Olafson, is heading up the 2017 Party in the Park. Chelsey has shown repeatedly that she is totally committed to the goals of the Rein in Sarcoma. She serves on our Board, the Patient and Family Support Committee and our PR/Marketing Committee, leading the Facebook social media efforts.
This month, as she chairs our Kickoff Meeting, Chelsey will be cancer free for 22 wonderful months. Chelsey spoke at Party’s 2016 opening program and reflected: “Not only am I alive, but I am LIVING. Cancer was not a death sentence, but rather it inspired me to live. I never thought I would be where I am today. My entire life, I defined myself as a shy and anxious person."
For 17-year-old Miranda Mead her sarcoma journey has changed her life in unimaginable ways. A former cross-country runner, Miranda first thought the pain in her back was a running injury. Unfortunately, days after her 16th birthday, tests revealed she had Ewing's Sarcoma, an aggressive type of bone cancer. During her long periods of treatment in the hospital, "my father and I would walk the oncology floor where I witnessed many young children suffering," said Miranda. "I was very inspired by the fight these little kids had, and it became extremely important for me to turn this negative experience into something positive."
Today, Miranda is cancer-free and will continue to advocate for kids with cancer and the community is responding to her message with the same enthusiasm Miranda espouses. The students at Miranda’s school have become a great support during Miranda’s treatment and are continuing to support her in bringing sarcoma awareness to the community.