Joe Vander Veen

This page was created to honor the life of Joe Vander Veen

Joe Allen Vander Veen, 59 passed away peacefully at home on April 26, 2010. He battled leiomyosarcoma cancer in the abdomen for 11 months. He was a resident of Hesperia for 16 years. He loved fishing, gardening, bowling, rving, and bbqing. He was a loving husband, father, “papa” and friend.

No more cancer sickness or suffering. Joe fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept his faith. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Joe was diagnosed with LMS on June 4 2009. He had no symptoms of being sick. He had a golf ball size lump in his abdomen, had surgery and found a grapefruit size mass. They removed what they could and started chemo on August 20, 2009. Joe had 7 rounds of taxitere and gemzar chemo. In January 2010 he had a CT scan and the mass had shrunk. He had developed severe edema so surgery was put on hold. On March 26 he had a second CT scan and the cancer had spread rapidly. April 11 he had emergency surgery for a blockage in his small bowel, and it turned out it was from the cancer strangling it. They had to bypass the small intenstine and perform an ileostomy. 15 days later he passed away.

What cancer cannot take from you. 

It cannot take away your Faith, shatter your Hope, or lessen your Love. It cannot destroy true Friendship, invade the Soul, or take away Eternal life. It cannot conquer your Spirit.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Joe Allen Vander Veen go to the the boxes to the right. 
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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 website 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 was created out of love for Joe Allen Vander Veen 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 leiomyosarcoma. We offer the largest moderated support group online for leiomyosarcoma, 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 Joe Allen Vander Veen supported.  We are proud to have Patient Registry to collect data, and ran successful blood collections for study. We have brought patients and loved ones together from all over 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 making a donation and 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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