Life in the Landes family centered on mom, Wendy. The dynamic divorce mediator attorney who never missed a morning tennis match always was the strong anchor that twin children Matt and Ali, younger sister Jackie, and husband and father Robert came to depend on.
When Wendy was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer, the family went into action to be mom’s anchor of support as they started the annual fundraiser “Wendy Walk” to support the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative to find a cure. The Third Annual Wendy Walk will take place on Sunday, Apr. 15, 10 a.m., at Palm Island Park on Palm Island near Miami Beach.
Liposarcoma are soft tissue malignant tumors that may go unnoticed because they are slow growing and painless. According to The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative research, “approximately 14,000 new cases of soft tissue sarcoma are diagnosed every year representing less than 1 percent of all newly diagnosed cancers.” Because patients do not feel sick, diagnosis is frequently delayed.
“We were told there is no cure, no treatment, and a short prognosis, and that is when Matt, Ali, and I went into action,” said Jackie Landes, Wendy’s 20-year-old daughter and University of Miami junior. “We stayed up all night researching and in one night the concept of the walk was created. We ultimately partnered with the largest funding initiative for sarcoma, the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.”
The Wendy Walk happens in the three major cities where the family resides. The Miami Palm Island Park Walk began with the assistance of Hibiscus Island residents and Landes family relatives, Stephanie and Michael Rosen. Husband and dad Robert and 25-year-old son Matt are in California where Wendy is receiving treatment and so they host the Los Angeles Walk on Santa Monica Beach on May 6. Matt’s twin, Ali, is studying in New York City so she organizes the Central Park Walk to be held on Apr. 29.
Since Wendy’s diagnosis over two years ago she has endured three surgeries, each lasting over 12 hours. The walks have helped to give her the courage to keep fighting according to her family.
“Wendy Walk has been the shining light that has encouraged Mom and all of us to remain strong and committed to finding a cure,” Jackie Landes said. To find out more about the Wendy Walk on Apr. 15 at Palm Island Park visit WendyWalk.com or Facebook.com/theWendyWalk. Requested minimal donations are $30 for children, $50 for adults, and $100 for families. Contact Ali Landes at 1-310-487-5488 or email@example.com to find out about becoming a Wendy Walk sponsor.