In Honor of Patti Spires 1967-2012


Patti Spires Hamilton was born at Ft. Meade, Maryland, on September 3, 1967, and passed away in Houston, TX on August 20, 2012. Her life was cut short by Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS), unfortunately undetected and unrecognized by the physicians who treated her for various other “ailments” during the past several years.

Patti was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, and friend. She was full of life and love. Patti offered understanding, compassion, and the gift of friendship to everyone she met.

She also loved people. To know Patti was to know her heart for relationships. She never dismissed someone because she thought them too insignificant, or because she was too consumed with her own life and schedule. She offered real compassion in an all too often uncompassionate world.

At the end of her life, she expressed her compassion – and developed a passion – for other ASPS sufferers by wanting to help with awareness, and finding a cure. While she was not granted a chance to fight ASPS in her own body, Patti hoped that her case would shed more light on the darkness surrounding this as of yet obscure, and largely unknown disease.

Patti leaves behind her husband Houston Hamilton Jr., four children: Brianne Burleson, Blake Burleson, Lauren Hamilton and Taylor Hamilton, and parents Jerry and Trixi Spires, as well as loving extended family and friends who miss her very much.

The ASPS community is sending condolences to Patti’s family and friends, and hope for a soon to come cure for ASPS.

Support the annual fundraiser of Team ASPS riding for the 9th year the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC)

Dear Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma Community

This weekend, August 4-5th 2012, Team ASPS will ride for the 9th time the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC).

The PMC is a bike-a-thon that crosses Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research and clinical trials at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. As in previous years, I am asking you to sponsor our 90-150 miles bike ride from Wellesley to Bourne. Your donation will specifically support preclinical testing of novel drugs for the cure of ASPS. The study is conducted by Dr. George Demetri, Dr. Andrew Wagner, Dr. Massimo Loda and Dr. Ewa Sicinska.

Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS) is a rare cancer that has no cure.

For the last 9 years iCureASPS organization is working relentlessly to find a cure for ASPS. We aim to bring together ASPS patients, families and friends from all over the world in a shared interest to find a cure.  We support basic research aimed at understanding the underlying biology of this disease as well as projects that promote new and relevant therapeutic options. We support these through funding and by coordinating the successful transport of ASPS tumors for research.  Our website serves as a platform that provides updated information about the research and therapies for ASPS patients. An interactive “Forum” in the website enables ASPS patients to share experiences and receive information and group support from the ASPS community. It is through this knowledge that patients all over the world can make better decisions regarding their ASPS treatments.

Our organization works closely with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as with other institutions. With the help of friends and family who rode with me in our PMC “Team ASPS”, in the past 8 years, we raised and transferred over $300,000 exclusively for ASPS research programs. Thanks to those efforts, the first “Cancer Vaccine” Clinical Trial (GVAX) to treat ASPS was opened in January 2005. This clinical trial was followed by the ARQ197 clinical trial and now by the Cediranib clinical trial. 

There are two convenient ways to donate:

1.  Online donations through the PMC website: Please click on the following link: Yosef Landesman ride page on the PMC website: ( ). Then, once you are on my personal page, click on “DONATE TO MY RIDE”.

2.   You can write a check payable to “PMC-Team ASPS YL0002”.  Mail the check to:

Yosef Landesman

260 Tappan St.

Brookline, MA 02445

Your donation is a fully tax refundable. The PMC tax ID is 04-2746912

I thank you for your support.

Best Wishes,

Yosef Landesman

Yosef Landesman, Ph.D.
President & Cancer Research Director
Cure Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma International (iCureASPS)

Happy New Year 2012!

Dear ASPS community,

iCureASPS is wishing you all Happy 2012!

We would like to thank our “Team ASPS” for the PMC bike ride. Our team has just completed another successful year of fundraiser, following their ride in August.  It is the 8th year that Team ASPS participates in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, a bike -a-thon that crosses Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research and clinical trials at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

This year Team ASPS raised $27, 550 , funds that are restricted for research on Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma at the Dana Farber. We selected to use these funds to support the research done by Dr. Ewa Sicinska with Dr. George Demetri and Dr. Massimo Loda.

In 2012 Team ASPS will continue its efforts to support the same initiative and I encourage you to join Team ASPS and help us to increase the support for this important research on ASPS.

Please contact me to discuss ways on how you can be part of the efforts to find a cure for ASPS.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes,

Yosef Landesman

Yosef Landesman, Ph.D.
President & Cancer Research Director
Cure Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma International (iCureASPS)