Two years ago, Joanne Green, our beloved mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter and friend, was undergoing a routine procedure when we learned she had a rare cancer called uterine leiomyosarcoma. Sarcoma is an aggressive type of cancer that arises in the soft tissue and bones of the body. It is a rare cancer in adults, but rather prevalent in children, making up about 20% of all childhood cancers. It is associated with high levels of recurrence and metastasis, and unfortunately the treatment options currently available show limited levels of success.
Joanne was the light of our family with a deep determination to beat this disease. Through 6 different chemo regimens and additional radiation therapies, she fought valiantly. While battling the disease, she experienced the birth of two additional grandchildren (Dylan and Oliver), was the beloved “Jojo” to her two other grandchildren (Lauren and Ethan), traveled to the east coast and Europe, and spent as much time as she could with her family and friends. She was truly loved and admired by so many people. After two years of fighting and continuing to inspire, the disease progressed to the point where she could fight it no more, and she passed away in the arms of her loving family on September 10, 2019.
Sarcoma is unfortunately too often a devastating diagnosis. It is relatively unknown and does not receive the research funding and attention that other diseases receive.
Joanne attended the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) Annual Gala this year and her son joined the organization’s Board of Directors to support this desperately needed research. We ask that you consider supporting the SFA in Joanne’s honor by contributing to the Joanne Green Memorial Fund.