Harold Hakala

With heavy hearts we announce our dad, Harold Hakala, age 61 years, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side, Saturday May 10th, 2014 after a courageous battle with leiomyosarcoma.

A life long resident of South Gillies, Canada, he enjoyed his family and work. He stayed close to where his heart was both on the family homestead and in the bush as a logger. He was a self taught man of many skills and a patient teacher. His love of the outdoors kept him busy whether fixing, building, chopping firewood, or simply enjoying the beauty of the Great Northwest. He spent many memorable summers travelling and camping with family. He and his family enjoyed spending time at Shebandowan Lake cottage and firing up the sauna he built.

After diagnosis of Stage IV LMS with poor prognosis in January 2013, Harold’s strong spirit carried him through an excellent quality of life for 1 year. He underwent chemotherapy with no difficulties, often shoveling snow outside after his treatment. He returned to work, enjoyed the summer, and even drove across Canada to the West Coast and back. His strength was exceptional and often unbelievable.

Thank you to family and friends for ongoing love and support. Special thanks to nurse Linda, Dr Sicheri, Dr. Cook, Dr Kind, Dr McKinney, and the 1A team at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Center.

Harold’s wish was to support and share hope with other people facing cancer and especially LMS. There is always hope no matter what any doctor may tell you.

The fund will be put towards registration for people with LMS to attend the LMS Retreat this fall 2014 in San Francisco. It is a place for patients to meet each other and learn about the latest research and treatment options. We would have loved to have attended.

If you would like to make a donation to LMSdr in memory of Harold Hakala, 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.

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