Randy Wade Hartsoe, Jr., 29, joined his Savior, Jesus Christ, in Heaven after losing his brave four-year battle with cancer on August 24, 2009. Randy was born in Spartabburg, SC on December 14, 1979. He spent the first thirteen years of his life in Greer, SC where he was active in youth sports and claimed numerous academic awards. Upon moving to Charlotte, NC, he cotinued to achieve academic recognition and was chosen by the United States Achievement Academy as a National Award Winner in Science.

Randy was an avid sports fan and his favorite team was the Carolina Panthers. They provided a joy in his life even as he battled a rare form of cancer. He supported them during both good and bad times. He was a collector of sports cards, followed politics, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. In addition he adored his Australian Shepherd, Mama Dog, and enjoyed caring for her.

Randy’s family would like to thank the many friends, family, doctors, and Hospice for their support during the last four years.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Randy, please click here . (When donating through PayPal, you can use the Designation Box to specify a Fund.) 

Lord, when my soul takes flight,
may it rise swiftly to live forever
in your love and care.

If you’d like to make a donation to Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research, 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.

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.