The National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation is comprised of volunteer Board members committed to the foundation's vision.
The Board members serving the Foundation are here for YOU – for patients, families, and caregivers. They are passionate about answering your questions and being available to respond to requested assistance. They represent and advocate for you.
The Board members have been touched by LMS in some way, whether as a survivor/thriver or as a family member/caregiver.
President, Medical Research Liasion
As the President of the Foundation, I am devoted to the work of this Foundation,carried out through the lens of a sarcoma coalition network approach/platform. The "mission that matters" with the Foundation is a strong focus on patient advocacy through education, research funding support, and reaching out to other complimentary organizations to amplify patient/family/caregiver resource assistance. My coalition-related efforts offer increased awareness of the Foundation's focus on behalf of patients, families, and caregivers. As a caregiver myself, I am passionate about the well being of the LMS community being served by this Foundation through the collaborative/partnering perspective. I am honored and totally committed to helping patients and their families through the Foundation's mission and purpose. Our place in the sarcoma research community landscape is growing, respected, and encouraged by the researchers who are part of who we are - our everyday Heroes, along with patients - our Champions of Hope.
Community Outreach, Special Projects
Having lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for 44 years, I consider myself a Cincinnatian even though I was raised and educated near Detroit, Michigan. My background was in primary and intermediate education. After 30 years of teaching primary and intermediate grades, I moved on to a supervisory student teacher position for the Miami of Ohio University.
Not unlike others, when my daughter, Annemarie, at age 46 was diagnosed with peritoneal Leiomyosarcoma (LMS), my world changed its course. As a result, my passion was totally focused on being an active member of the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation (NLMSF). My tenacity to investigate, rise to the challenge to fight this disease, through research and awareness, let my husband John and I to actively join the Foundation in 2011. In 2012, I became recording secretary, for two years and now the membership chairperson.
My husband, John, vice-president since 2013 of the NLMSF, joined me, as did close friends, to organize/coordinate the 2-5K runs in Cincinnati. I held numerous fundraisers from home parties to “wine and dine” events, to Shop for Cause with Macy’s department store.
Fortunately, our daughter is in remission. It warms my heart to meet other survivors who may still be battling the disease and leave me saddened when I hear of the LMS angels we lose. Rather than concentrate on me, I would like to concentrate on you and them.
My dream is to see the NLMSF increase its following/membership, as well as fundraising efforts through regions with others who agree with our very necessary cause. Thank you to those who have joined us, and to you who have not, please consider it. “Together we can... Reach for the Cure.”
Web Administrator/ Project Manager
I am a Biochemistry and Physiology graduate from the University of Colorado. I started working at the NLMSF in August 2016. Currently, I am working for a biotech company that involves extensive genetic/ drug research. I hope to apply the skills I learned thus far for LMS research and provide patients with readily accessible and comprehensible information on new treatment advancements. Although LMS is a rare disease, it certainly deserves more attention and I am honored to help spread awareness and support the foundation in empowering patients and searching for the cure!
LMS Community Ambassador
John H. Wood
Past President, LMS Community Ambassador
I have been a volunteer for NLMSF activities for about 7 years. Our daughter, Annemarie, survived after receiving surgery and treatment at the James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. My wife, Madeline, and I understand the need for raising money for research, helping patients and their families through the journey with cancer, and the need to continue programs that foster public awareness of this dreaded disease.
Medical Advisory Chair, Medical Research Liason
Mitch is a leiomyosarcoma survivor, diagnosed in 2011. He is a Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologist practicing for over 30 years in Denver, Colorado. He received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. from the University of Virginia. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine and his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Colorado. He has served on both Active Duty and in the Reserves in the Army. Mitch has served in various leadership roles in his practice, at hospitals and for the Denver Medical Society. Mitch has developed a strong interest in cancer patient support and advocacy and sarcoma research. He is a member of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS), the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO), the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR), the Colorado Radiological Society, the Colorado Medical Society and the Denver Medical Society.
I am a certified packaging engineer with twenty years in the medical device arena. I recently lost my wife to Leiomyosarcoma. She was still a young 60 years when LMS took her from me. At her initial diagnosis we quickly realized how little attention was being given to LMS versus other cancers (breast, prostate, lung, pancreatic, and so on). After her death I have made it a priority to honor her by volunteering with the LMS Foundation, with my goal of increasing awareness and education about this terrible disease.
I live in Jacksonville, Florida and intend to retire here at the end of 2017. My plan is to actively support the mission and vision of the NLMSF. If I can help to return one life from LMS then I have achieved my goal of honoring my wife.