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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  • Karen's Story
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  • Coping with Cancer
  • Sarcoma Survivor Stories
  • 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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Researchers, Physicians and Dogs lead 2013 Mini-Medical School

Dr Amy Skubitz talks with students at the 2013 RIS Mini-Medical SchoolOn Saturday, March 2, Dean Katie Dusenbery convened the 4th Annual Rein in Sarcoma Mini-Medical School at the University of Minnesota. Thirty students joined researchers, physicians and Sarcoma Dogs to learn about many facets of the war on sarcoma. It was a fascinating, informative, and exciting day for all of the RIS Class of 2013.  Read more....

2013 Mud Dogs Raise $7,386 for RIS in Memory of Eric Skogman

Eric's Helmet Full of Love and SupportRIS’s thanks and congratulations go out to the 2013 Mud Dog Riders: Pat Bourgeois, Joel Mellenthin, Lynn Keillor, Justin Klett, Jeff Gruhlke, Dan Skallet and Jessie Steinwand for their overwhelmingly successful 235 mile snowmobile ride to Brainerd and the MnUSA Rendezvous in February. They collected from the snowmobiling community a record $7,386 to support RIS and preserve the memory of Eric Skogman.

One very touching moment was recorded by Joel Mellenthin and the Banquet at the MN Snowmobile 2013 Rendezvous.  Read More…

RIS Gathering Shares Laughter and Resilience

Brenda ElsagherSixty Sarcoma patients, families and those who lost someone to sarcoma gathered despite sleet, snow and ice to support one another at this year’s RIS Winter Gathering at Bachman’s Garden store in Minneapolis. The program for the afternoon was laughter, shared cancer experiences and resilience. Read more....

RIS Supporters Gave to the Max!

Give to Max 2012 LogoOur thanks to the 61 of you who donated $9,315 to Rein in Sarcoma through Give to Max Day on November 15th. Your generous donations released $5,000 in matching funds from two anonymous donors. In addition we received a major donation of $5,000 by the Middleton family in memory of Jackie Middleton. This amazing outpouring of support from the sarcoma community brought the total Give to the Max donations to Rein in Sarcoma to $19,315! We are one step closer to making Sarcoma even rarer. Read more....

Throw Down For Beanz 4 - Great Food & Great Friends

Throw Down For Beanz BuffetThe last weekend of  October the Baultrippe family once again celebrated the life and cherished memory of their son, brother, and uncle--Julian “Beanz” Baultrippe in what has become an annual tradition, the Throw Down for Beanz. The tradition began in October, 2009 just a few months after Julian’s passing from osteosarcoma when the family was still in a state of huge grief as a result of their loss yet searching for a way to celebrate his birthday. Read more...