The Sarcoma Family Picnic 4:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m. is for all those affected by sarcoma – patients/survivors and their close family and friends, and those who have lost a loved one to sarcoma. It is an opportunity to share good food, fellowship and mutual support. Attendance is free, but limited, with a registration deadline of July 22, so sign up soon. We hope all picnic goers will continue the evening’s fun by staying for the Party in the Park, which immediately follows the Picnic. This year, Picnic registration includes all the Party activities.
The Party in the Park is also open to the public so invite your neighbors, friends and extended family. There are lots of fun activities for the kids, a silent auction, raffle, sarcoma stories, a inspirational program and musical entertainment. Several changes are taking place this year – the Party activities will be right at the picnic grounds (with the exception of the Carousel rides), and the event registration is free – register soon.. All donations and proceeds from the event will go towards Rein in Sarcoma’s three-pronged mission of educating, supporting patients and families, and funding sarcoma cancer research.
Rein in Sarcoma was well represented at the University of Minnesota, Masonic Cancer Center’s 14th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference. To accommodate a much larger group (over 375 patients and family members), the event was moved to the UMN Masonic Home in Bloomington. A broad array of topics was covered - short term to long term side effects, nutrition, communication, research updates. Former local news anchor Roxanne Battle shared an uplifting message, sending us forward to keep celebrating our days. We look forward to the 15th annual conference and share our appreciation of the UMN Masonic Cancer Center and our community members who work to help each other, support our community and improve outcomes!
There is great value in getting together with others who share your life experiences. Especially when that experience is something as rare as Sarcoma.
Rein in Sarcoma is introducing a monthly Sarcoma Talk and Together Time, the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10 am, beginning May 14. All gatherings will be held at Rein in Sarcoma’s offices, 7401 Central Avenue NE, Suite A, Fridley, MN, telephone 763-205-1467.
Our first meeting will be a time for self-introductions and histories, and compiling topics for upcoming meetings. Each month, participants will select from these topics for conversation, with some time open for individual introductions and check-ins. Each meeting will be participant-directed, facilitation only to keep everyone on track and on schedule.
Vicki Strong, a nine-year, Stage 4 leiomyosarcoma (LMS) survivor will be the facilitator. She is a certified cancer coach, a board member for an international LMS Foundation, and a moderator for three Facebook support groups. You may contact Vicki at 651-730-5049 with questions or topical suggestions. Please leave a message with your contact information.
No RSVP needed, come as you are able!