Sarcoma Cancer is a rare disease, often misdiagnosed, often afflicting children and young adults.
The Karen Wyckoff Sarcoma Foundation is dedicated to Sarcoma Cancer research, support and education...and the fight to find a cure.

Welcome to Rein in Sarcoma

Though Sarcomas are rare, you are not alone in your battle against the disease. The Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation provides news, resources, and a way to connect to others with the disease. Since our inception in 2001, Rein In Sarcoma has had the opportunity to serve many individuals who, like you, have waged a personal war against this disease.

To learn more our mission, click on our video below.

For more background information about RIS, click here.

We thank you for the privilege of assisting you on your personal sarcoma journey.

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  • Coping with Cancer
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  • Understanding Sarcoma Cancers
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  • Sarcoma Patient Starter Notebook
  • For newly Diagnosed Sarcoma Patients
  • Understanding Sarcoma Cancers
  • Lumps & Bumps
  • Red Flags of Sarcoma Cancer
  • Educating the public and medical profession about the warning signs of sarcoma Cancers


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  • Named Tribute and Memorial Funds
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July Declared Sarcoma Awareness Month In Minnesota

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Governor Mark Dayton has declared July as Sarcoma Awareness month in Minnesota. Many activities are occurring through out the month my RIS and our Partners culminating in the July 27th Party in the Park. In his declaration Gov Dayton and the Secretary of State stated:

RIS at the MN State Fair

Driven To Discover BuildingFor the first time RIS will have a real presence at the MN State Fair as a part of  the University’s Driven to Discover Building. This is a unique opportunity to both conduct research and spread the word about Sarcoma Cancers. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE THIS WORK.

Our Sarcoma Scholars under the direction of Dr. Dusenbery (Amber Retzlaff chief author) have written a survey with the purpose of assessing what the average Minnesotan knows about sarcoma.

2015 Party in the Park Program & Registration

2015 RIS Party Logo

Monday, July 27, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:30 pm

Cafesjian’s Carousel & Como Park Visitors Center, St. Paul 

Our 15th annual "Party in the Park"will be a magical evening of great music, entertainment and family fun.  Rein in Sarcoma 2015 will feature unlimited carousel rides, continuous entertainment, a large and unique Silent Auction and children’s activities. Rein in Sarcoma not only raises funds to benefit sarcoma cancers research and physician education, but it is also intended to provide hope and relief for patients and their families from the isolation of these rare and dangerous cancers.  Read about the 2015 Party Program and Register Now....

UMN research identifies potential proteins to target in osteosarcoma treatment

Brandan MoriarityNew genetic mouse model allows for comprehensive analysis of drivers for osteosarcoma

New models developed at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota with support from Rein in Sarcoma, reveal the genes and pathways that, when altered, can cause osteosarcoma. The information could be used to better target treatments for the often-deadly type of cancer.

Osseo, Wisconsin – Celebrates Mark Wehner’s Life

Wehner-HopeSaturday May 2 was a perfect day to Celebrate Life, hope and fight Sarcoma in Osseo, Wisconsin.  Mark Wehner , five time survivor of sarcoma and a beloved music teacher in the Osseo-Fairchild School System , has so inspired his students that for the fourth time they came together to celebrate Mark and for the last three years to raise money for Rein in Sarcoma.