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Join the Party in the Park All Hands Planning Meeting – June 11

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Do you want to make a difference? Rein in Sarcoma needs YOU!

Our 18th annual Party in the Park is scheduled for Monday, July 23rd. We need help with marketing, auction, set up, tear down, raffle ticket sales, luminaries, merchandise, photography, concessions, children’s games, adult ring toss and more! Join us for the “All Hands Meeting” on Monday, June 11th to help us plan this amazing event.

Social time (with snacks) begins at 6:30 p.m. at Sunrise Bank Community Room, 2525 Wabash St Saint Paul, MN 55104 with the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. Meet sarcoma survivors, passionate volunteers and leaders, and find a volunteer position that speaks to you! We appreciate your RSVP, but it’s most important that you attend!

Our board member, Val Lopez, created a beautiful poster for our event, which we’ll be distributing at the meeting. We need your help posting them at local hospitals, clinics, coffee shops, libraries, community bulletin boards, etc!

Our merchandise chairs Ali Engelhardt and Chelsey Olafson will have exciting new superhero capes and masks available. It’s unlike any design we’ve ever had!

Raffle chair, Sarina McNamara, will have raffle tickets available for those interested in helping with sales! We got great prizes again this year. All proceeds will benefit Rein in Sarcoma’s three-pronged mission: education, patient and family support, and funding research!

Bring items for the Silent Auction! As an added incentive – for each auction item secured by our June 11th All Hands Meeting we will enter your name in a drawing for a pair of tickets to an AMC movie theater. For auction ideas, an example solicitation letter, gift-in-kind form – everything you need, see Auction details.

Whether or not you can attend this meeting, be sure to sign up as a Party/Picnic Volunteer to make sure we know how you’re interested in helping out, and so that we can keep you informed of the details.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Email Frank at

Support Rein in Sarcoma with Coffee and a Cookie!


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Rein in Sarcoma is proud to announce, our Banking partner, Sunrise Banks, has chosen Rein in Sarcoma as their June community coffee bar beneficiary. During the month of June, all proceeds from their philanthropy group, NorthLoop4Good's Park Perks coffee bar at 2300 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN will be donated to Rein in Sarcoma. Show your support by stopping by for a cup of coffee and a cookie!

Sunrise Banks, N.A., based in St. Paul, Minnesota, seeks to radically change the way urban communities and under served people thrive, by empowering them to achieve their aspirations. Sunrise is certified by the U.S. Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), a designation given to about 100 banks nationwide. Learn more.

We thank Sunrise Banks for supporting the mission of Rein in Sarcoma, helping us increase awareness of sarcoma cancers, providing community meeting space for Party in the Park, and sponsoring our Chainbreaker peloton, Team Sarcoma! Join our team to ride with the registration code, SARCOMA. Your registration fee will be waved thanks to the generosity of our sponsors including, Sunrise Banks.

UMN Survivorship Conference Summary

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Survivorship Conference at the beautiful University of Minnesota McNamara Alumi Center

Annette Bonaventura, Amy Hoban, Kraig Kuusinen, Kevin O’Keefe, Allan Swartz, Connie Dow, and our Executive Director, Janelle Calhoun, attended the 13th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference, organized through the Masonic Cancer Center. The McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s main campus hosted this event to a soldout crowd of over 350 participants. The free event went from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided through generous sponsors.

Katie Schmitz, PhD, MPH, MSEd, a Penn State University professor, gave the opening Keynote entitled, “Exercise Guidance after a Cancer Diagnosis: Evidence and Logistics.” The take away was that one needs to be as active as one can possibly be to maintain overall health.

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