Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation
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Volume 6  Number 2January 2013
Winter Gathering- Jan 27
2013 Mud Dog Ride
2013 RIS Mini-Medical School
Volunteer Opportunities
Of Note
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Join us on Sunday afternoon, January 27th for our winter Gathering which has become a lovely tradition, filled with warmth and spring in the midst of winter.  This year we offer great humor and deep reflections, delivered with decadent treats and hope.   


Please join us at Bachman's on Lyndale, where we will be entertained by colon cancer survivor and top-flight comedian Brenda Elsagher, then led by Becky Gorman to design our own plan for resilience and self-care.   


Thank you to our hosts, Ruth and Dale Bachman.  The event is free, but registration is requested by January 22.  For more information and to register, please click here.  

Beck Gorman
Becky Gorman
Gathering Featured Speakers: 
Becky Gorman, a faculty member at the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, will speak on "Designing Your Own Resilience and Self-Care."  Her topic is appropriate for us all, no matter where we are in the sarcoma journey or whether we have lost someone to this disease.  
Click here to learn more about Becky,
Barbara Elsagher

Preceding Becky, we are pleased to have nationally known humorist Benda Elsagher  with us. Brenda has been voted the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities by Acme comedy club and "newsmaker of the year" by the Women's Press.  She also has received the Golden "Mic" (Mike) award from the American Cancer Society. Brenda will entertain us with a message of humor, healing and survivorship.  Or as she calls it, "Mope, Hope and Cope."  For more about Brenda,  click here.  


Joel Mellenthin, Midwest Sports Publishing Network (MSPN) and friends will again support RIS with their annual ride to the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association Winter Rendezvous  held February 7-10, 2013, at Cragun's Brainerd Resort. Through snow, rain, dirt or "mud" these intrepid riders will ride for a better tomorrow: a world without Sarcoma


This annual event attracts 300 to 400 snowmobilers from clubs around the State and features a VIP Ride with the Governor invited to participate. Many activities are scheduled throughout the weekend, which will showcase the Brainerd Lakes Area extensive trail system and show snowmobilers from around the State that the Brainerd Lakes Area is truly a "Winter Wonderland."


This year's ride will honor the life of  Eric Skogman. A snowmobiler and magazine editor in the snowmobile industry for more than a dozen years, Eric created the RIS Mud Dog Snowmobile Ride that raised over $20,000 for sarcoma in its first three years!  Eric died from Liposarcoma in April of 2011, and the 2013 ride is dedicated to the memory of his vision, passion, and humor.


$1,500 Challenge-Double your Gift 

This year an anonymous donor has issued a $1,500 Mud Dog Challenge Grant! This donor has committed to match all new 2013 Mud Dog paid pledges up to $1,500.  Support the riders, remember Eric and get your payments in soon so that your gift will be doubled.  

Carlos Madivil at 2012 Mini Medcical School 
Dr. Carlos Manivel teaches pathology to 2012 RIS Mini Medical School Class

The 4th Annual Mini Medical School will feature a behind-the-scenes look at sarcoma research at the University of Minnesota. The school will convene the class of 2013 on Saturday, March 2nd with Dean Katherine Dusenbery. This will be a unique opportunity to learn about and experience the vital research on sarcoma that is ongoing at the University of Minnesota.   


Several of the researchers themselves will be a part of the all-star lineup Dr. Dusenbery is assembling for us. You will find out how the money you have helped to raise is impacting sarcoma research. Come at 8:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast and be ready to begin your studies at 9:00 a.m.. You will graduate with a wealth of new knowledge at 12:00 noon.  


This program is limited to 30 spaces so register early and don't miss out. The class is available to anyone who donated to RIS in 2012 or donates in any amount by Feb 25. The RIS Mini Medical School will be held at the University with the precise location and directions emailed to enrolled "students" prior to the session.  Advanced Registration for the 2013 Mini Medical School is required. To learn more and to register, click here. 

New RIS Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer for RIS If you can make the the time we have the need for your help! Here are a couple of new opportunities. 
  • HandsOn Twin Cities  Volunteer Expo - Saturday, Feb 16 at Mall of America - Help represent RIS at the area's largest volunteer opportunity Fair. We need volunteers to help in the following shifts: 10:30-12:30 and 12:30-2:30. Contact Nancy Hendrickson to help
  • Annual Report Stuffing Party - Tuesday, April 26 - 7:00 pm at Wyckoff's in Shoreview. Help get out our Annual Report to all our supporters, enjoy old and new good friends, and enjoy a scrumptious snack. To RSVP, click here.
  • 2013 Party in the Park Kick- Off Meeting - Tuesday, March 12. See info below or to register, click here.
  • RIS Website & Database Assistants - Like to write? Comfortable with being on the internet? Want to learn new skills, at your own pace, and on your own time? Being an RIS website or data base assistant should be fun and rewarding. As we streamline our on-line database (Salesforce), we are in need of additional data entry volunteers.Training provided. To learn more call (651-486-9114) or email Pete Wyckoff 

To learn about other opportunities complete the RIS Volunteer Form or contact Nancy Hendrickson by email or phone 651-214-5821.  

Of Note...
  • RIS Annual Meeting, Jan. 28, Board to act on $100,000 in new Sarcoma Cancer Research Grants 
Rein in Sarcoma The Rein in Sarcoma 2013 Annual Meeting will be held on Monday evening January 28th at the Wyckoff's home in Shoreview. The Board will act on recommendations by the sarcoma medical team for funding of about $100,000 in new sarcoma cancer research grants. The Board also will elect new members and act on proposed long-term education, support and research goals for the Foundation.  More information will be provided on our website and in our 2012 Annual Report, which will be mailed to all RIS supporters at the end of February.

Party - 2012 Planning for our 2013 Party in the Park is well underway.  To be sure you don't miss out, mark your calendars now!  Our flagship party will be held on Monday evening, July 22, at Como Park in St. Paul. 


We need you to make this event outstanding.  Please come to the annual Kick-Off Meeting on Tuesday evening, March 12.  We will meet at the University of Minnesota Orthopedic Clinic, where we will share social time with doctors and researchers at 6:30 p.m., then begin our business at 7.  For more information and to register ahead, please click here.    


Of course, you may join the effort even if you can't attend.  Please fill out our summer party volunteer form, by clicking here, to let us know which group you'd like.  We'll put you in touch with the Team Leader. 

Julie_09 Young or old or in between: if you have or are taking a sarcoma "journey" we would love to have you share that journey with others who can learn and be helped by your experience.

Please take a moment to read Sarcoma stories on our website and to contribute your own. 
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The Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation is the primary sarcoma cancer foundation in the upper Midwest. Our mission is "dedicated to educating the public and medical community about sarcomas, supporting sarcoma patients and their loved ones, and funding research directed toward developing new treatments and finding a cure for sarcoma cancers."    We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization, which allows over 96% of our revenues to directly support our mission!


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