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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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.

Learning about doctors’ knowledge of sarcoma

Michelle Kolling surveys physicanFamily Physicians take part in a RIS study of the knowledge of sarcoma among primary care Providers.

This year our sarcoma scholars are designing surveys for primary care providers and the public to assess the general knowledge base about sarcoma. This research is being carried on under the direction of Dr. Dusenbery at the University of MN and Dr. Okuno at the Mayo Clinic. As the first step in this project the Rein in Sarcoma Red Flags Team surveyed over 80 doctors at our booth at the Family Physicians Conference.

On the Road and at Home with Medical Student Education

Kevin O'Keefe tells his sarcoma storyThe tenth annual sarcoma medical school lecture sponsored by RIS expanded its reach for the first time to the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth on April 13th and at the U of M Twin Cities Campus on April 22. The programs were organized by Sarcoma Scholars Amber Retzlaff, Catherine Holton and Phillip Thomas. The programs were similar in format.

Planning 2015 Party in the Park is Underway!!

March 2015 Kick off MeetingAttend our Monday, June 8th "All Hands" Meeting!

Now is a good time for you to join the planning for the event! We need enthusiastic people with innovative ideas in order to produce a fresh and exciting event.  Join us for deserts and planning starting at 6:30 on June 8 11 at the Wyckoff's in Shoreview.  Shoreview. Party Chairperson Kevin O"Keefe always keeps things interesting and there are great chair people for each event committee.  All will be happy to welcome you to their committee.