Diane Carolyn Hoag, 61, of Austin, Texas passed away on April 16, 2009.

Diane was born in Johnson City, New York in 1947, the daughter of the late Robert Franklyn Hoag and mother, Mary Louise Fritz Hoag, both from Johnson City, New York; and late sister Nancy Louise Phillips of Bath, New York.

Diane is survived by her brother-in-law Dewaine Phillips (Bath, NY) and nephew Craig Phillips (San Diego, CA), Aunt Theresa Gaska (Johnson City, NY) and many cousins.

Diane graduated from Johnson City High School in 1965. In 1969 she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Rochester followed by an MBA from Temple University in Ambler, PA.

Diane’s working career included working for companies Speery Univac in Blue Bell, PA, RCA Service Company in New Jersey, and IBM in Austin, Texas. Diane had just achieved the milestone of 25 years with IBM Corporation. She began her career as a programmer and spent 20 years analyzing computer performance. She worked on Y2K remediation, and then moved into the Internet area. She led the implementation of many new technologies such as Web feeds, forums, blogs, podcasts and wikis. Diane started working in Web analytics, where she developed a passion and deep level of expertise in evaluating user activity on IBM’s Web site. She was widely regarded as an expert in the field of Web analytics. Diane is remembered for her gift for finding practical and workable solutions, and for her grace, dignity, and composed demeanor under stress.

Diane enjoyed sailing, tennis, skiing, hiking, theater, arts and most notably traveling. She had the wonderful opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe which left her with lasting memories.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers, doctors, neighbors and close friends who helped Diane through her courageous battle with cancer. Most importantly they wish to thank Austin Hospice Christopher House for the love and support they gave Diane and her family.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Maryland.

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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.