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Great Day of Golf to Support the Mission

Douglass Family at 2020 RIS Golf tournament

The Douglass family foursome plus Mom

We had an incredible day with 22 foursomes at Edinburgh, USA on September 15! Casey O’Brien, Golden Gopher Football player and osteosarcoma survivor, golfed with our teams to help raise money for sarcoma research! Time together could not have been better.

The golfers competed in a scramble format on a picture perfect day - with a repeat tournament winner. Players also tried to outbid each other for fine wines and fantastic foursomes in our silent auction. In all over $40,000 was raised through this event.

We are thankful for generous sponsors, especially the strong support of our diamond sponsor, Legacy Wealth, of Woodbury, MN. Our thanks to Development Committee Chair, Tom Boardman for managing a fantastic event, and all the golfers and volunters who made the event a great success.

Please join us in 2021 - save the date and bring your favorite golfers to come out and play on Tuesday, June 8. We'll be back with Don Berry and team at Edinburgh USA!

Check out photos of the day:

2020 Fall Fundraiser: Cheers to 20 Years!

Cheers to 20 Years

Emcee, Ruth Bachman, Blake and Carey Hastings, hosts, and Janelle Calhoun, Executive Director.

This year, 17-year Rein in Sarcoma volunteer and sarcoma survivor, Ruth Bachman was our MC. She guided us through our virtual celebration along with Board President, Blake Hastings (sarcoma survivor) and his wife, Carey. We also were inspired by sarcoma survivors, Jan Maudlin, Casey O’Brien, and Miranda Mead. The 50th Jan Maudlin Sarcoma Scholar, David Supinski shared the importance of the scholar program in raising sarcoma cancer awareness and education. Finally, celebrity singer, Kat Perkins helped us celebrate with a special rendition of “Ring Them Bells.”

Presenters along with at home attendees helped Rein in Sarcoma celebrate twenty years of working together to improve sarcoma patient outcomes!

Rein in Sarcoma passed a major milestone -- $2 million in sarcoma cancer research funded over the past 20 years at Rochester Mayo Clinic, Children’s Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota. During the celebration, RIS research grants were awarded to the Mayo Clinic and Children’s Minnesota. The Red Flags Education Committee also announced its Excellence in Education Award which recognized the work of Dr. Scott Okuno, Mayo Clinic.

We extend our gratitude to sponsors: Oppidan, Great Clips, PrimeX by Gresser, and APi. Your silent auction donations and purchases, and generous donations raised over $121,000 in support of our sarcoma community and strengthened the impact of our mission.

Our celebration ended with one final toast… one final cheer. From our hearts to yours, with never ending appreciation and unwavering hope.

Cheers to 20 Years, And Here’s to 20 More
More advancements, more survivors, than we’ve ever seen before
Here’s to research, here’s to cures, that the future holds in store
Cheers to 20 Years, And Here’s to 20 More

If you missed the live stream, it is available below or on the Rein in Sarcoma YouTube channel. Thank you to this year’s planning committee, speakers, donors and supporters who made our virtual fall fundraiser a fantastic success! We are grateful for your time and care and look forward to improved outcomes in the years ahead. We are stronger together!

In mission,

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Blake and Miranda - Ewing Sarcoma Survivors

Ewings Sarcoma Survivors, Blake Hastings, RIS Board President and Miranda Mead

Kat Perkins - 2020 Fall Fundraiser

Kat Perkins singing special rendition of "Ring Them Bells"

Dr. Scott Okuno Receives RIS Educational Excellence Award

Scott Okuno, MD

Dr. Scott Okuno, leads the sarcoma medical oncology program at Mayo Clinic and is Chair of Oncology of Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

The Red Flags Education Committee has awarded Dr. Scott Okuno of the Mayo Clinic with the Rein in Sarcoma Educational Excellence Award:

“We are proud and touched to present this award to Dr. Okuno, recognizing his long standing support of our sarcoma community and the mission of Rein in Sarcoma. Active on the Rein in Sarcoma Medical Advisory Board, Research Committee, and a current Rein in Sarcoma Board Member, he builds, strengthens and supports connections between sarcoma experts and sarcoma centers to provide the best in patient care. Dr. Okuno’s passion around education, excellence in patient care, and leadership with the Jan Maudlin Sarcoma Scholars Program at the Rochester Mayo Clinic has touched the lives of medical students, physicians, and patients throughout Minnesota, the nation and the globe.”

Congratulations, Dr. Okuno, and thank you for all your work on behalf of Rein in Sarcoma, patients, and medical students.

The Rein in Sarcoma Excellence in Education honor is awarded by the Red Flags Education Committee — a team of volunteers committed to advancing the educational mission of Rein in Sarcoma.

Previous winners of this award include

  • Dr. Katie Dusenbery: University of MN Radiology Oncology Department head for her vision to initiate and her continued oversight of the Rein in Sarcoma Jan Maudlin Scholar Program.
  • Dr. Randy Hurley: Medical Director of HealthPartners and Regions Hospital Cancer Care centers for his championing of the Educational Initiative.
  • Dr. Christian Ogilvie: University of Minnesota Orthopedic Surgeon for his work as an avid sarcoma education speaker and chair of the Medical Advisory Board.

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