An eternal flame is a small fire that is kept burning as a symbol to show that something will never end; just as the memory of Brad DiCocco and his life will never cease. We’ll always remember his hearty laugh, his nights singing “Sweet Caroline” or “Forever in Blue Jeans,” and the compassion he showed for his family, friends, and loved ones.
Bradley J. DiCocco, 59, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 12, 2015, after a battle with leiomyosarcoma cancer. He is survived by his partner Jill, his brother Bruce and wife Deb, and his three kids Maria and husband Craig, Jeff, and Carly.
While Brad didn’t have many brains, he always had crazy going for him (his words, not ours). He was a man of many talents. A self-proclaimed dog whisperer, he was a menace with a BB gun and target board, and the only man who could get kicked out of an all you can eat buffet. Brad could eat a full rack of ribs with a fork and knife while driving, but he could never quite figure out his iPhone 4s. He enjoyed Lyncourt donuts every Sunday with family, and he suggests you should too. He was known as the mayor of Bosco’s, then the mayor of Crouse AND Upstate Hospital while he was sick, which meant getting the ambulance to stop at McDonald’s for milkshakes. His favorite song was the classical “Tribute,” by Tenacious D, and he enjoyed singing this at full blast with his three kids.
Throughout life, he reinforced in all of us of his core values; that family is everything, you should judge someone not by what they say, but by what they do, and you choose your attitude. He was especially proud of his kids. He was a fierce friend and a proud man; but through all of his strength, a warm and soft heart did reside. Family, love, honor, and integrity were the values by which he lived his life. He had one of those magnetic personalities. He could make a friend out of a stranger anywhere he went (and did so often). He could fill a room with laughter, his own often rising above the others. His love for his friends and family above all was palpable and steadfast.
If you’d like to make a donation to Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research in honor of Brad, please do it HERE. We will let the family know of donation – even if you don’t see it on your receipt.
About Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR)
This fund was created out of love, to help others win their battle with leiomyosarcoma by funding LMS specific research. Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR) raises donations for Leiomyosarcoma research and patient support. We advocate directly with sarcoma researchers to study leiomyosaroma. We offer the largest moderated support group online for leiomysarcoma, where patients and loved ones get the latest LMS news and personal support. The LMSDR’s website offers local support groups, details of what we do, the research we have funded and many resources for the Leiomyosarcoma community. The LMSe Alerts is our monthly newsletter, offering more updated clinical trials, news and community events. The Leiomyosarcoma Lifeline is our new blog, featuring patient stories and our well-known Long Term Thriver stories.
We collaborate with researchers and other organization to reach our mission and vision of finding treatments that will work. We have created the Leiomyosarcoma Tissue Bank for researchers to study our disease, the Leiomyosarcoma Patient Registry to collect data, and ran successful blood collections for study. We have brought patients and loved ones together from all over the world for education and support at our Leiomyosarcoma patient conferences, in Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, New York City, New York, and Maui, Hawaii. Please stay in touch with our website for more upcoming events sponsored by Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation.
Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research is an all volunteer organization. We are proud to have the minimal amount of expenses as possible, to ensure your money goes directly to funding promising research for Leiomyosarcoma specifically. You can volunteer, put on fundraisers, promote LMS awareness and ask your employer for matched funds. Please consider helping us Work, not wish, for treatments that will work for us. We have been a 501(C) (3) since 2006 and a tax-free charity.