Celebrating the life of Gerda Buhrmann-Haley

Beloved wife, daughter and sister, and cherished friend, Gerda Buhrman-Haley died on

March 9, 2010 after courageously battling leiomyosarcoma for over a year.

Gerda Burhmann-Haley was born Oct 20, 1962 in The Netherlands, where she graduated with a degree in Hotel Management in 1981. Stationed in Jordan from 1986-1990 Gerda loved being a flight attendant for The Royal Jordanian Airlines. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1991 after visiting her sister, Anneliese many times, and became the General Manager for The Olive Branch restaurant and then she started her own business providing bookkeeping and office management services for small business. Her clients adored her. 

What kept this travel-loving adventuress grounded in the Springs was meeting and marrying the man of her dreams, Carl Haley in 1997. She and Carl lived the good life, traveling frequently, hiking and biking throughout the country, entertaining at their gracious home they lovingly remodeled, and creating a vast social network of people who loved spending time with them. Gerda was the perfect partner for Carl: supportive, loving, lots of fun, and she embraced his Colorado Springs family with open arms. Gerda also enjoyed gardening, cooking, dining out, playing hostess, and spending a lot of time with friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Father Gerardus Buhrmann, and her sister Marian Plooster-Buhrmann; and is survived by her: husband Carl Haley; mother Anneliese Buhrmann-Heyne of the Netherlands; sister, Anneliese; brother-in-law, Craig and nephew: Jerry Kemper of Colorado Springs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gerda Buhrmann-Haley’s memory can be made to:

Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation
2758 E 44th Place, Tulsa, Ok 74105

There are still many fighting to survive leiomyosarcoma and you can help by visiting their web site and making a donation to help Research.

Gerda Buhrmann-Haley will always be remembered as a beautiful, loving and extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest.

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


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.

(When donating through PayPal, you can use the Designation Box to specify a Fund.)