Celebrating the life of Janice Beverly Isaacson

Beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, and cherished friend.

Janice Beverly Isaacson, died on September 25, 2010, after courageously battling cancer with a warrior’s courage for almost a year,

Janice was born on October 27, 1945 in Oak Park, Illinois to Steven and Dolores Erdelyan. The family settled in Glen Ellyn, Il where Janice went to grade school and high school. There she met her future husband, James Isaacson. Janice attended Bowling Green State University, where she received a degree in Art Education. She taught junior high art classes while her husband finished up dental school at the University of Illinois. Her husband entered the Navy Dental Corps in San Diego, served as a Dentist and Endodontist over a 20 year career. When it was time to retire from the Navy, they chose their favorite location by the ocean to live in, Cardiff by the Sea.

She was the proud mother of two sons, Jason and Ryan. She was a caring, tender and selfless mother and wife who devoted her entire life to husband and family. She was a fabulous cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Jim, sons Jason and Ryan, mother Dolores, sister Susan, daughter-in-law Anya, granddaughter Lilian, nieces Heidi, Sharon, Rebekah, Debbie, and Katie, and nephews Matthew, Geoffrey, and John.

In her final days, as her body grew weaker, her spirit was strengthened by the sight of her first grandchild, Lily, as well as all the love, prayers and kindness that poured out to her from her family and friends.

If you’d like to make a donation to Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research, please do it HERE.   We will let the family know of donation – even if you don’t see it on your receipt.


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.