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Raising Sarcoma Awareness Among Minnesota Athletic Trainers

Dick DeBlieck, Dr. Christian Ogilvie, Marlee Brice
Dick DeBlieck, Dr. Christian Ogilvie, Marlee Brice

Dr. Christian Ogilvie, UMN Associate Professor, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rein in Sarcoma Medical Advisory Board member, presented “When is a Musculoskeletal Condition a Tumor?” at the Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Association 2019 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium on April 13.  Licensed athletic trainers as well as students enrolled in an accredited athletic training programs attended the event. Trainers came from clinic, high school, collegiate, and professional settings.

The Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Association strives to improve the quality of health care for athletes, patients, and clients. They also want to enhance the profession of Athletic Training through leadership, education, and cooperative efforts with other organizations and allied health professions. Rein in Sarcoma was delighted to attend the symposium because athletic trainers could be the first to come in contact with individuals presenting symptoms suggesting sarcoma. By educating those who first see or hear about a lump or bump, patients will be diagnosed sooner and lives will be saved.

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Party in the Park Planning “Kicks Off”

Party in the Park Kickoff
The 2019 Party in the Park planning got off to a great start at Surly Brewery, Co. on March 18. Many attendees enjoyed social time with a tour of brewery prior to the official Kickoff. Even those supporters who could not attend in person were able to watch the live stream of the Kickoff on the Rein in Sarcoma Facebook page.

Party in the Park Kickoff

Party in the Park Kickoff

Party in the Park Kickoff

Amy Hoban and Allison Mulcahy, our Event Co-chairs, ‘kicked off’ the official Party in the Park planning.  Each member of the Party Leadership team shared the activities of their sub-committees, which include Logistics, Picnic, Registration, Merchandise, Raffle, Auction, Marketing, Volunteer Coordination, Luminaries, Concessions, Ring Toss and Garden of Hope. To highlight a few areas:

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Sarcoma Scholars

Taylor Weiskettel, Sarcoma Scholar, Mayo

Taylor Weiskettel, Sarcoma Scholar, Mayo presents Scholar Survey summary. Also l-r: Dr. Scott Okuno, Mayo Clinic, Tim Maudlin and Kyle Lau, Sarcoma Scholar, UMN

On Saturday, March 16th the 2018-19 Rein in Sarcoma Scholars hosted a celebration to thank their mentors, sponsors and Rein in Sarcoma leaders at Camp Sacajawea Retreat Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Over the past 10 years, 39 sarcoma scholars from the University of MN and Mayo Medical Schools have worked together and separately to educate their fellow students and the public about sarcoma cancers. This education consists of the warning signs of sarcoma, achieving a proper and timely diagnosis, and treatment options. The celebration included lively conversations, a 10-year slide show review, and an initial report on the impact and the success of the scholar program.

The 2018-19 class of scholars include Taylor Weiskittel, Mylan Blomquist (Mayo) Colleen Bell, Alexander Kuhne and Kyle Lau (University of Minnesota). The honored guests were: Dr. Kathryn Dusenbery, who conceived of and has organized the Sarcoma Scholar Program since 2009 and Dr. Scott Okuno, mentor of the Mayo Scholars since Mayo was added to the program in 2014.

Colleen Bell, UMN Scholar, Lisa Griebel, RIS Board VP, Alexander Kuehne, UMN Scholar

Colleen Bell, UMN Scholar, Lisa Griebel, RIS Board VP, Alexander Kuehne, UMN Scholar

Dr. Kathryn Dusenbery and Jan Maudlin

Dr. Kathryn Dusenbery and Jan Maudlin

Jan and Tim Maudlin, who sponsor the Sarcoma Scholar program through the RIS Jan Maudlin Named Fund, attended as very special quests - the scholars were anxious to meet their sponsors and particularly wanted to thank them in person. Jan, a sarcoma survivor, and Tim believe educating future physicians is an important contribution to the quality of care for future generations of sarcoma patients.

Attending RIS leaders were Executive Director - Janelle Calhoun, Board Vice President - Lisa Griebel (also a survivor), Naomi Bowman - Health Programs Coordinator, and Sue and Pete Wyckoff, RIS co-founders (Sue also chairs the Red Flags Education Committee).

This year’s scholars surveyed the former scholars to find out where they are, their chosen medical career path, and what aspects of the Sarcoma Scholar Program were valuable to them. So far, over 50% have completed the survey. Many good ideas were generated in a lively discussion of how to strengthen and increase the educational impact of the program. We are excited to see the next ten years unfold, as the first 39 RIS Sarcoma Scholars move into their medical careers and the next generation continues to educate and raise awareness about sarcoma cancer.

Thank you to RIS Sarcoma Scholar mentors and sponsors

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