For many years Mary Blauert joined her friend Barb Savereide on a birthday bike ride (on Sept 23rd) that served as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. After having lost her mom in 1980 to a little-known cancer, breast cancer, Barb started a crusade which raised $50,000 for breast cancer research. Now Barb would like to shift the focus to another little-known cancer, leiomyosarcoma, which took Mary’s life on Oct 23rd of last year. Barb has many fond memories of birthday bike rides with Mary, including a completely rain-drenched day that Mary insisted on riding with her (for which Barb is ever grateful). And so on Sept 23rd, Barb will ride again, this time with Mary’s spirit and with hopes of raising awareness of LMS.
Mary brought a passion for giving back to others that spanned a lifetime. She worked with the United Way, and was an active volunteer at church, in the schools and throughout the community. Her lifelong gift was her ability to make everyone feel special and connected. Mary was always the first to seek out the new parents on the kids’ sports teams, welcome new people to the neighborhood and embrace new members at church. She had an uncanny ability to remember birthdates, children’s names and all the little things that made other people feel important, and her warm, genuine, optimistic nature and radiant smile are dearly missed by her friends and family. Mary truly made the world around her a happier place.
Please join in this endeavor to fund research for this rare cancer in hopes of reducing the number of people who have to endure it. With your help, we can all lift up Mary Blauert in spirit and say enough is enough.
If you would like to make a donation in honor of Mary Blauert please fill in 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)
This fund was created out of love for Mary Blauert 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.
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 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 which Mary Blauert 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