Lynnette Stertz is the devoted wife to Tom Stertz, mother to Sarah & Jerry (Shannon) and Erin & Travis (Stertz-Follett), and grandmother to Micah Duane (Shannon), Audrey Violet (Follett), and Luke Alexander (Shannon). Lynnette is the “glue” that holds our family together, always putting others above herself and providing daily child care for her grandchildren throughout her illness. Lynnette is a living, breathing example of God’s love and grace and she shows this by all of the work she does not only for us, but also for her church family and her many friends and extended family.
Lynnette has been bravely battling leiomyosarcoma of the IVC since October 2003. Since that time, she has experienced several metastases – the most recent, and most serious, to her liver and lungs. Her past treatments have included resection of the primary tumor, RFA of metastases, and toxic chemotherapy. Additionally, she has made changes to her diet and takes too many supplements to count!
Leiomyosarcoma is not a “predictable” cancer – There are no known causes, and no known hereditary links. It leaves a random path of destruction like a tornado that rips through a community – tearing apart your house and the one down the avenue, but inexplicably sparing others. Our mom’s structure has been torn, but her core and spirit are strongly intact. We trust that with medical research, and the saving grace of God, many of our questions will be answered. The more lives spared, the better.
In the spirit of all that our mother has done for us and for others, we, her daughters, are proudly establishing the Lynnette Stertz LMS Research Fund. As all of us affected by this disease know, research for a cure is painfully lacking and needs to be funded. Thank you so much for your contributions to both honor our mom, Lynnette, and to help fund research that will someday save many lives.
~ Erin and Sarah
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Lynnette go to the the boxes to the right.
Please note: your online receipt will not have the honoree’s name – however your name with the honoree will be listed in the THANK YOU DONORS page for the family to see.
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 Lynnette Stertz 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 Lynnette’s family supports. 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.