The Louise Dery Shannon LMS Research Fund

The Louise Dery Shannon LMS Research Fund
remember with laughs, not tears

Louise was born on April 6, 1951 in Washington, DC. In 1972, she married her husband, Michael, and they had one daughter together. Since being diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in May 2007, Louise bravely battled this disease in attempt to spend more precious moments with her family and friends-she was successful! In this past year, she saw her grandson, JJ, take his first steps and say his first words. She heard her granddaughter say, “I love you, Grammy” and give her those special hugs only grandbabies can give. She experienced the fierce love and support from all of her family and friends. She renewed her faith in God. She stated that she felt that this past year has been a gift from God that has allowed her to let her family and friends know how much she loves them and how wonderful her life has been.

It was Louise’s last hope that her passing give others hope to beat this disease that affects only 4 out of 1 million people. Because of the rarity of leiomyosarcoma, few doctors have the expertise to treat it appropriately and not nearly enough research is being conducted to find a cure. Even though Louise received top-notch medical care, LMS is ugly, unpredictable, and in too many cases, unrelentless. Louise has asked her family and friends to make donations to her Research Fund that will go to research for a cure. Even during her final moments, her compassion, generosity, and concern for others prevailed.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Louise, please click here . (When donating through PayPal, you can use the Designation Box to specify a Fund.)