L. A. Logan was inspired with the idea to establish Writers for a Cure after Teresa Jackson, a childhood mentor, was diagnosed with stage IV Leiomyosarcoma cancer in January of 2011. After much prayer and careful consideration, L.A. decided to make it personal to honor her beloved friend Teresa, a woman who had been so much to so many. With Teresa’s blessing, Writers for a Cure - TJ’s Story began in May of 2011.

In the beginning, Teresa’s prognosis was good, although it was a rare cancer with no known cure. Her doctors were optimistic that she could be treated with a pill form of chemotherapy. During treatment Teresa remained positive, up beat and continued to be a support system to many. After several weeks of treatment Teresa’s condition worsened and the doctors began to consult colleagues near and far.

Teresa discovered just how rare and complicated Leiomyosarcoma was, and funding for this type of cancer was just as rare. Although Teresa has been blessed with the opportunity to seek treatment from doctors in several states, there has been little success for a cure or even remission of this aggressive disease.

Teresa’s situation made L.A. wonder how many countless others suffered from this rare disease and did not have a support system and/or funding to help with the travel and treatments associated with Leiomyosarcoma; Mentors who were a source of support within their communities.

L. A. determined to bring attention to this cause within the community by holding various awareness campaigns and fundraisers that would benefit the same community they were raised in. L. A. has a vision to assist victims or family members of victims fighting Leiomyosarcoma by assisting with travel, food, and treatment to relieve the burden as much as possible so that focus could remain on recovery alone.

What is Leiomyosarcoma?

Leiomyosarcoma (Gr. "smooth muscle connective tissue tumor"), aka LMS, is a malignant cancer of smooth muscle. (When such a neoplasm is benign, it is a leiomyoma.)

Leiomyosarcoma is a relatively rare form of cancer, and accounts for between 5–10% of soft tissue sarcomas, which are in themselves relatively rare. [1] Leiomyosarcomas can be very unpredictable. They can remain dormant for long periods of time and recur after years. It is a resistant cancer, meaning generally not very responsive to chemotherapy or radiation. The best outcomes occur when it can be removed surgically with wide margins early, while small and still in situ. [2]

References (Wikipedia)

1. Weaver MJ, Abraham JA (2007). "Leiomyosarcoma of the Bone and Soft Tissue: A Review". ESUN 4 (2).

2. a b "Basic info". LMS

Catherine’s House

A facility serving at-risk teens in Little Rock is located in the city's Midtown area. Catherine's House is owned and operated by the Family Development Center.

For the past six years, Catherine’s House has worked to buy and renovate the building on 12th Street and build the programs for the youths it serves so that they can become productive members of their families and their community.

Catherine's House is located just three blocks from Central High School and houses several programs. These programs include early childhood education, parenting education, adolescent development, and mentoring, tutoring and case management for school success.

Catherine's House targets two teen populations: first-time pregnant and parenting adolescents, and first time juvenile offenders.

The opening of the facility on 12th street allows staff to offer structured support and follow-up to clients after the births of their babies, and after offenders are released from incarceration.

Instruction for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) for older youth and young adults who are not able to complete their educations in a regular school setting will be available through cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Adult Education.

For more information on how you can help, please contact Catherine’s House at 501-661-4001.

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