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.

  • Our Mission
  • Karen's Story
  • Contact Us
  • Patient and Family Support Programs
  • Coping with Cancer
  • Sarcoma Survivor Stories
  • Understanding Sarcoma Cancers
  • Local and National Resources
  • 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


  • Why support to Rein in Sarcoma?
  • Ways to Give
  • Named Tribute and Memorial Funds
  • Plan your own Fundraiser to Benefit Rein in Sarcoma

Interview - Dr. Ed Cheng: "It is a Privilege"


Dr. Ed ChengIt is hard to watch patients die. Yet getting to know people who face cancer and seeing how they persevere can be gratifying and inspirational. Treating cancer patients helps keep University of Minnesota Professor and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Ed Cheng grounded and provides him with perspective. Dr. Cheng considers it a privilege to be a physician, to have the opportunity to care for people every day. Read more...

RIS Mud Dogs Make $6,900+!

The 3rd Annual Mud Dog Ride for RIS coincided with the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association 30th annual Winter Rendezvous, at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in the Alexandria area, February 10-13, 2011. Over $6,900 has been contributed to date from over 130 supporters! You can honor Eric's life and still support the Mud Dog's "ride with a purpose" by making your pledge or making your donation now.  Read more.

RIS 2011 Mini-Medical School Graduates 30

 Graduating Class of 2011 RIS Mini Medical School On Saturday Morning February 5th, 30 eager students assembled to take part in the Second Annual RIS Sarcoma Mini-Medical School. “Dean” Kathryn Dusenbery M.D. had assembled a faculty of some of the best sarcoma doctors in the country from right here at our own medical school. Read more...

RIS Gathering: A time to laugh, cry and hope

Sometimes, the most important thing we can do is to be a witness.  To hold each other safe; to provide a sacred space to laugh, and cry, and grow.  We did this for each other on Sunday January 23, when RIS held its winter gathering at the Lyndale Bachman's Garden Center.  read more....

U of M Holds Second Annual Sarcoma Day

Drs. Christian Ogilvie and Katherine DusenberyOn December 9, the University of Minnesota Medical School held its second annual Sarcoma Day, educating medical students about this too-often misdiagnosed disease.  Coordinated by Wyckoff Scholars Brian Febbo and Maura Scanlon, presented by Dr. Christian Ogilvie (left), this day strikes at the heart of RIS' mission. read more...