Every step of the journey is the journey. (Zen saying)
M. Ryan Claxton is one of two 2019/2020 Mayo Clinic Jan Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars. As a second year medical student, this grant has allowed him to advance sarcoma research and raise awareness among his peers and the general public. Each scholar determines what type of research they wish to pursue.
Ryan chose to work closely with Dr. Scott Okuno, a medical oncologist. Dr. Okuno is also Ryan’s mentor and scholarship supervisor at Mayo Clinic. Ryan has been able to collaborate on sarcoma research and has been acknowledged in a published medical journal article, with others to follow.
Ryan is privileged to work with Dr. Matthew Houdek, an orthopedic surgeon, allowing him to shadow Dr. Houdek at Mayo Clinic’s Orthopedic Oncology Department and be present at surgical outcome assessments. Ryan feels that interacting with clinical patients and hearing their stories, combined with the surgical research experience, has been a rewarding aspect of his scholarship participation. It has solidified his interest in this medical discipline.
In addition to volunteering at Rein in Sarcoma events, such as the annual Party in the Park and Fall Fundraiser, Ryan has been actively involved in organizing sarcoma lectures. Often these target fellow Mayo medical school students. He is currently involved in planning and promoting a sarcoma educational luncheon to be held at Mayo on May 26th. Dr. Brittany Siontis, Mayo Clinic oncologist, will hold an in-depth discussion about sarcoma. Her lecture will be followed by a sarcoma survivor sharing her own journey from the patient’s perspective. This event provides the medical students with valuable insight into sarcoma cancers, allowing them to become more knowledgeable advocates for their own patients.
Rein in Sarcoma reached $2 million in sarcoma cancer research funding with its recent award of $150,000 for three University of Minnesota research projects. We celebrate this milestone in the organization’s 20th year of providing research funds to the UMN, Mayo Clinic, Children’s Minnesota, and SARC.
We thank our donors for their generous and continued support for making this possible. And we thank the researchers for their innovative and forward looking work to improve the treatment and outcomes for sarcoma cancer patients.
The sarcoma experience can be lonely. It can seem family and friends don’t understand what you are going through. And likely they don’t. If you only had a friend who truly understood.
Here we are! Rein in Sarcoma sponsors Second Tuesday Talk and Together Time — a time for sarcoma patients/ survivors, any type and at any stage in their journey, to get together for conversation and friendship.
Facilitated by trained sarcoma survivors, we start the group with a check-in, if you wish to share. We invite questions, share our stories, frustrations, hopes, and fears. We find common bonds, and we laugh often.
Caregivers are also welcome to the group when accompanied by a sarcoma patient/ survivor. We have a call in option for anyone not able to travel to the RIS office.
Second Tuesday Talk and Time Together meets 10:00 -11:30 a.m. in Rein in Sarcoma’s office: 7401 Central Avenue NE, Fridley, MN, 763-205-1467. For more information, or to be added to our email list for meeting reminders, contact Vicki Strong. Join us – the coffee pot will be on!