Delia Pratt

Delia Pratt, M.D. set her spirit free on May 19. She was a family physician with a specialization in obstetrics who began practice in Sonoma County in 1981 at Sonoma County Indian Health Project. Delia later had a private practice in Petaluma where she continued to enjoy family-centered obstetrics and served as Chair of the Family Practice Department at Petaluma Valley Hospital. She served as Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine Associates, which was a multi-disciplinary chronic pain treatment program in Sonoma County and also worked as a physician at Sonoma State University Student Health Services. She was Board Certified in both Family Practice and Medical Hypnosis. Delia was an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine UCSF while teaching in the Family Practice Residency at Community Hospital in Santa Rosa.

In teaching residents Delia specialized in the areas of family-centered obstetrics, complementary medicine, cross-cultural issues in medicine, and the use of hypnosis and other communication skills to increase comfort and aid patients in enhancing their own amazing healing potential. From early childhood she was very proud of her Native American heritage and it heavily influenced her spirituality, the way she lived her life in balance with nature, and the way she practiced medicine. She became interested in complementing traditional medicine with alternative healing practices while still in medical school at UCSF and became a founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978. Prior to medical school she obtained degrees from UCLA and UC Davis. Delia was active in the civil rights movement and was a volunteer with the Delta Ministries in Greenville, Mississippi in 1968. She loved being a physician, teacher, and healer. Even when she was too ill to practice, she was able to use the knowledge and experience she continued to gain regarding her illness to be a powerful influence and inspiration for people in Sonoma County and all over the world dealing with cancer and other chronic illness as well as those health professionals, family members, and friends who sought to help her. Most of all she loved her family and friends and was happiest when enjoying time with them in the wilderness or other natural settings.

Delia Pratt is survived by her husband Michael Pinkston, her son Jonathan Pinkston, her parents Bob and Ivah Pratt, her sisters Tamara Aburto-Pratt and Jeanene Pratt, and her brothers Robin and Terry Pratt.

Delia’s Fund to Cure Leiomyosarcoma was made a part of this website in June, 2006 and many loving friends and family members have contributed to the fund in honor of Delia.

2006 Contributors 

Michael R. Pinkston – Bryan Morse – Susan Chandler – Ann Strack – Marcia Burkart – Lilian Wegg – Gary Coomber – Rosa Duran-Vazquez – Linda Aguilar – Margaret Maddock – Richard Maddack – David Van Nuys – Mort and Marianne Fujii – Victor and Jill Whiteman – Kathleen and Samuel Scalice – Alice Bunting – Margaret Lovett – Pae and Robert Yeung – Redwood Psychological (V.Howard) – James and Diana Powell – Darlene Fujii Pratt – Thomas Saito – Jerry and Connie Johnston – California Psychological Assn. – Jim and Cherie Klein

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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 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.
This fund for Delia Pratt 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.

Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research is an all volunteer organization which Delia Pratt supported. 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.

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