Leiomyosarcoma Advocate Honors Awards

LMS Advocate Honor Awards are bestowed to individuals who are recognized by Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation for their contributions to the leiomyosarcoma community. Newly diagnosed with LMS? Call us for help navigating this new journey. Caregivers are encouraged to call us too! 1-866-912-2730

Drs. Amy Reed and Hooman Noorchashm


Advocate, whistle-blower and hero are a few of the words to describe these two individuals, who took on gynecological medical society and FDA to save lives of women with uterine leiomyosarcoma. Read the story of their battle to end uterine morcellation.

  • How Many People Have To Die To Show A New Surgical Technique Isn’t Worth It? A heartbreaking look at the cost of morcellation surgery. Prevention May 28, 2014
  • Doctor’s War on a Common Surgery. Campaign by Physician Spurs Changes in Hysterectomy Procedure After Wife’s Cancer Spreads. Wall Street Journal Feb. 26, 2014
  • Morcellation Should Be Banned, Harvard Surgeon Says. Medscape June 10, 2014
  • F.D.A. Discourages Procedure in Uterine Surgery. NY TIMES April 17, 2014
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Advocate Chris Kelly is a writer and director known for his work on Saturday Night Live, and writing autobiographical film Other People that premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. He has received five Emmy nominations for his work on SNL.

Other People, is Chris’s semi-autobiographical 2016 movie about his own struggle with his mother’s cancer, leiomyosarcoma.

Writer/director Chris Kelly’s “Other People” is a dramedy about death that mines moments both absurd and divine to craft its delicately wrought pathos. Many of these moments will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has witnessed the transition between life and death, the ones where you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, so you might as well do both. Kelly, a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” brings his comedy chops as well as his personal experience to this largely autobiographical tale, and the emotional honesty and finely observed specificity are the strengths of “Other People.” By Katie Walsh, Chicago Tribune 9/8/2006

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Ellis Avery, contributes to the leiomyosarcoma community by spreading awareness with narrating her LMS experience in her memoir, THE FAMILY TOOTH. She is the only writer ever to have received the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Fiction twice, Ellis Avery is the author of two novels, two memoirs, and a book of poetry. Her novels, The Last Nude (Riverhead 2012) and The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead 2006) have also received Lambda, Ohioana, and Golden Crown awards, and her work has been translated into six languages. She teaches fiction writing at Columbia University and is studying to become a physician assistant.


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