Darsey Gordon Wells
Darsey Gordon Wells lost her battle with Leiomyosarcoma on September 20, 2013. Darsey was born on November 7, 1958 in San Francisco, CA and grew up in San Jose, CA and Columbus, OH. She graduated from Upper Arlington High School in Columbus in 1977 and graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, CO with a degree in history. Darsey spent most of her career working in the ski resort industry, the last 15 years with Copper Mountain Resort as a Conference Sales Manager.
Darsey remained in the Gunnison Valley for many years after graduating from Western State and was an accomplished kayaker, skier and lover of the outdoors. She kayaked many of the big rivers of the west including the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and loved skiing the steeps of Crested Butte. In the early 90s Darsey moved to Denver where she met her husband, Tom Wells. They have two sons together, Spencer and Henry; and Darsey was an awesome second mom to Tom’s son, Philip. Darsey and her family enjoyed many days together on the slopes; many nights sitting around a campfire; and particularly loved their vacations at the beach. In the past few years Darsey took up tennis and played each of her matches with the intensity of someone playing at the US Open. She also loved to garden, cook, read, and take her black lab, Gus, for walks at the Chatfield dog park. And as anyone who has spent any time with Darsey knows, more than anything, Darsey loved being with a group of friends, sharing a good bottle of wine and telling stories, laughing, and having a good time. She lived a great life and will be sorely missed by many.
Darsey is survived by her husband, Tom; her boys, Philip, Spencer, and Henry; her parents, Dave and Alice Gordon; her brother, Spencer Gordon; her niece, Kestrel Gordon; her nephews, Stephen and Drew Wells, and Josh, Zach, and Bo Ritter and many other loving relatives.
A celebration of Darsey’s life will be held at Copper Mountain Resort on October 12, 2013 from 3:00 – 5:30.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Darsey’s memory to: The Leiomyosarcoma Direct Research Foundation.
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Darsey Gordon Wells go to the the boxes to the right.
Please note: your online receipt will not have the honoree’s name – however your name with the honoree will be listed in the THANK YOU DONORS page for the family to see.
About Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR)
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 website 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.This fund was created out of love for Darsey Gordon Wells 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 leiomyosarcoma. We offer the largest moderated support group online for leiomyosarcoma, 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.
Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research is an all volunteer organization which Darsey supported. We are proud to have Patient Registry to collect data, and ran successful blood collections for study. We have brought patients and loved ones together from all over 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 making a donation and 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.