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It take a village to make the impact needed for LMS Research Support!
We are blessed for all who came together to support the LMS Community
standing with the NLMSF for its mission and purpose for this Community.

STERLING HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL –   Funding for Leiomyosarcoma!  Students and Families with Big Hearts to HELP!  

This is Madeline Wood, NLMSF Board Member, decorating the LMS Christmas tree on the Village Green in Davidson, NC. This contest was held by the Rotary Club for “Christmas in Davidson” and NLMSF raised over $1,000.  This and many other activities can be used as monthly fundraisers in order to “Follow the Fast Track to a Cure”; the Nascar slogan for the tree.
This month, February, Madeline is asking you to send a notice to five people to please make their orders off of Amazon Smile and put the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation as the charity of choice to receive donations from Amazon.
You can still go on Amazon Smile first and then order from either just Amazon or Amazon Prime. They do not conflict with each other. Remember, Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14th and delivery by Amazon is quick.

Building  Community Awareness of a Rare Cancer like Leiomyosarcoma creates the opportunity to know more about LMS and what can be done to support and promote the much needed LMS Research.  

Because LMS is rare,  it does not receive the attention that other cancers do… so one person at a time building community awareness does make all the difference!
Contact Annie Achee for a “Community Ideas Tool Kit” with many easy ways to be able to make the difference count!  See the events that have already taken place to be inspired (see below)!
Thank you all for dedicated support and believing in our mission and purpose – knowing that you can create great awareness on your community on to honor a loved one,  a friend, a co-worker.

Lily’s Lemonade for a Cause Raises Money for Leiomyosarcoma

Ten year-old Lily has run a lemonade stand for five years now. This is no ordinary business but one with a purpose where 100% of the proceeds are donated. When asked why she does it, she responds, “I like to help others.”

This year’s stand was held on May 20. Despite torrential downpour, it was opened from 9-3 and raised a total of $8,350. This year’s cause was special. Money was raised to support Leiomyosarcoma research in memory of her father who lost his three-year battle to this rare form of cancer in November 2015.

Lily’s Lemonade has raised a total of more than $26,000 in its five years of operation – all for the benefit of cancer patients and their caregivers! The first year in 2013, the $600 raised went towards care packages that Lily made and handed out at the Simon Cancer Center where her father was being treated. Since then, the funds have supported either local families with loved ones battling cancer, or not-for-profit organizations that support caregivers and patients. What once was a little stand evolved into more of a community event that patrons looked forward to every year.

Lily’s Lemonade occurs on Indiana Lemonade Day, which is part of National Lemonade Day. Next time you see lemonade stand on the street, please support a young entrepreneur.


Ladies Golf Association Annual Memorial Tournament

On April 13 the Magnolia Point Ladies Golf Association in Green Cove Springs, Florida, held their annual Memorial Tournament remembering those ladies who were no longer with us.  We also included a charity event for the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation in tribute to the daughter of one of our own, Bonnie Burden Lachtrupp, who succumbed to the disease on January 1, 2017.  Everyone had fun playing the game they love and raising money for a worthwhile organization in the process.  Thank you, Annie Achee, for helping us with what we needed to organize this event.

Longest Beard Contest No Shave November

OHS Powder Puffs –  Oakville High School – St. Louis

Every year Oakville High School holds a Powder Puff game and donates all profits to a charity of our choosing.  The junior and senior girls get matching shirts and play football against each other for a night filled with fun.  Profits are made from t-shirt orders and tickets to watch the event.  This year Sydney Stern (Junior Class President) recommended we donate to NLMSF.  We picked a few charities and let the entire Student Council vote on who should get the money.  We are happy to donate the money to NLMSF because we know it will be used for good research and help raise awareness for this rare disease.

-Kelli Roberts
Oakville High School Mathematics

Event at Montana State University Football Game – Miles City Connection Tailgate Party

An Awareness Event for Leiomyosarcoma was held at the “Miles City Connection” tailgate at the MSU Bozeman “Bobcat” football game during the annual “Cap on Cancer” game.  In memory of Brenda Falconer, an avid fan and supporter who devoted many hours to help with the Tailgate functions, we handed out purple ribbon pins, had a small display with literature, and educated many fans about our quest in the fight for research and a cure.  This is our 2nd years’ event.  Thanks to the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation for providing brochures; and thanks to friends and family who made the purple ribbon pins; constructed the large wood displays of the purple ribbon; and the special purple hats made in honor of our beloved Brenda.

Here is a link to Brenda’s Obituary for additional information:

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Mrs. Maureen Kehoe –  Foundation Supporter and annual Event Sponsor

In April of 2006, Derek was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma (LMS).  Derek was an athlete, playing basketball at Nazareth Area High School as well as his freshman year at Albright College until his diagnosis that spring. Derek had an infectious smile that brought sunshine to all he met. After a six-month battle against this disease, Derek lost his fight in late October of that same year at the young age of 19. Since Derek’s passing the Nazareth community has come together and organized the Together for Derek 5k.  Each year, the race is held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  This past year on May 28, 2016, we held our 10th Together for Derek 5k and again this year the race was very successful. We were able to raise over $12,000.00 in Derek’s name for the research of LMS. Not only has the race been able to raise money for research, but the race has brought awareness about LMS and in doing so we have found out that LMS is not as rare as has been once thought.

Five years after Derek’s passing, the mother of one of Derek’s basketball coaches had been diagnosed with LMS.  After a courageous battle against this disease, she lost her fight just a few weeks ago. We need to continue the fight.  Even though this year was our last year for the Together for Derek 5k, our fight has not ended.  Derek’s friend will be organizing a 3 on 3 basketball tournament in Derek’s name.  It is our hope that a cure to not only this type of cancer, but to all types of cancer that continue to affect the lives of so many people, may be realized.


May 28, 2016  in  Nazareth, Pennsylvania


A very special event started on November 8, 2015 on behalf of LMS patients and to acknowledge the heroes among us- our LMS researchers. Dr. Mitchell D. Achee, currently a five-year survivor, launched the first Bi-Annual LEIOMYOSARCOMA RESEARCH NETWORK INITIATIVE (LMSRNI). Hosted on his own, with no patient advocacy organization involved,  was a special event on behalf of all LMS patients – to ignite further hope for the future.

This was a casual gathering of LMS-only researchers who came together to have conversations on potential research partnering and research paper collaboration.   It worked!  The researchers connected with each other, and are on their way to furthering their collaborative efforts on publications and projects associated with LMS research.

This event will once again be hosted by Dr. Achee in Maui, Hawaii, the next location for the Connective Tissue Oncology Society Conference in 2018.

For more information about this event, contact :  [email protected] or [email protected]