Joe Murphy, from the Farpoint Media podcasts, passed away about an hour ago. He's one of the nicest guys that I wish I'd had the pleasure to meet, but never did. :(
The incredible Leann Mabry of the Tag in the Seam podcast has organized the Joe Murphy Memorial Fund to raise money to cover the expenses from Joe's treatment, to give back to the Hospice that took such good care of Joe at the end, and most importantly to raise money for research on Leiomyosarcoma.
Leiomyosarcoma is a form of cancer that affects the smooth muscle of the body. It spreads through the blood stream and can affect the lungs, liver, blood vessels, or any other soft tissue in the body.
LMS is a type of sarcoma which is a neoplasm of smooth muscle. Smooth muscle cells make up the involuntary muscles, which are found in most parts of the body: in the uterus, stomach and intestines, walls of all blood vessels, and skin.
Leiomyosarcoma is a very rare cancer. It makes up 7% of soft tissue sarcomas; in all, LMS affects 4 out of 1,000,000 people.
Presently there is no cure. Remission can be attained, but this rare cancer can reappear at any time. Because of its rarity, few doctors know how to treat it and it attracts very little research.
If you have a couple bucks to spare, please consider donating to this fund. Joe was a super sweet guy who's tumor was just found/diagnosed barely 4 months ago. Now he's gone. It was inoperable and LMS is resistant to both radiation and chemotherapy.
So after hearing this news today I was on my flist. One of you is looking at surgery and possibly the 'C' word. Fuck no! I can't deal with that! You will be fine! There is no choice, you just have to be, ok?
And another of you is in hospital with gall bladder problems and having surgery to get it removed. You aren't allowed to let anything go wrong either, ok?
Joe, I'll be using my Sunspot pint glass to drink one for you tonight. Godspeed Mason Rocket, and safe journey Randy Innuendo.