Katie Baldwin Leiopprandt was born into a US military family (Navy) in Japan in 1962. Kate married her sweetheart Doug, at age 23 and the love-story continues over 30 years later. Katie has volunteered her time in the schools and church in her area, to military families in need of financial counseling, and via several mission trips alongside her children and husband over the years. She works as a financial planner in the Chicago area and has for over 25 years. Her clients are her friends, or her family, or both. Kate loves to dote on her two grown children and their fiancé’s and on her many nieces and nephews and family members.The Katie Baldwin Leipprandt LMS Research Fund
Donations to this fund are to find a cure for Leiomyosarcoma (LMS); a rare, aggressive form of cancer. Kate was diagnosed without warning at age 53. There is no cure to date. All funds raised here are donated towards research. One prominent researcher, Dr. Matt van de Rijn of Stanford University, is focusing on three proteins common in LMS and believes in targeted therapy as an alternative treatment. This form of treatment targets proteins that aren’t found in normal, healthy cells and would cause less damage to the patient’s body, increasing the amount of drugs a patient’s body can withstand as opposed to chemotherapy. The three proteins include ROR2, CD47 and CSF1. Studies will focus on antibodies that would prevent ROR2 from forming. By preventing CD47 from forming, macrophages (immune cells) are able to eliminate LMS! CSF1 is embedded inside the tumor and gathers macrophages and uses the cells to create new blood vessels to support the tumor. Researchers are looking at various ways of disrupting this process. This research could provide answers, and save many lives. Somewhere close to 100,000 of us are diagnosed every year. We need a cure.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! -Katie
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Katie, 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.Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation
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.