Our Dad was More Than His Dermatomyositis

Our dad's time with dermatomyositis was only a small portion of his life, although a very monumental time in our life.4 min


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Robert ‘Bob” Landman was more than just his dermatomyositis (DM). He was a son, husband, father, hobbyist, and friend who enjoyed spending time outdoors and the simple things in life. He grew up in sunny southern California with his parents, Darrell and Antoinette, and his younger sister, Patty. Throughout his childhood, he enjoyed playing with the neighbor kids, surfing, doing roofing jobs with his dad, and excelling at school throughout his entire educational career. It was no surprise when he decided he wanted to be a Pharmacist and was accepted into the University of Southern California. He was the perfect man for the job: smart, precise, and a hard worker. He was the epitome of ‘hard-work pays off’ as he always continued to learn and excel at his career and hobbies.

Robert ‘Bob”and Gladys LandmanHe and his wife, Gladys, moved to Las Vegas in the early ’80s to pursue his Pharmaceutical career and to start a family. They created a wonderful life for their three kids, Lauren, Chad, and Jenna who always found themselves rolling their eyes at his classic dad jokes. He took Lauren on her first plane ride when she was in the 4th grade, he helped Chad build the best pinewood derby racecar for Boy Scouts, and he treated Jenna to dinner, just the two of them, when she got straight A’s in school. He also adored our family dog, Tuffy, who would often follow our dad around everywhere he went.

In his younger days, he enjoyed all types of physical activities including snow skiing, water skiing, surfing and street racing his ’68 Chevy Camaro. As he grew older, our dad spent his time gardening and meticulously caring for his lawn. If you couldn’t find him relaxing in the house watching his favorite show, Judge Judy, you’d find him outside tending to his beautiful lawn. He enjoyed taking road trips with Gladys during their newlywed days and carried on this tradition by taking us all on a few road trips growing up.

Our dad’s time with dermatomyositis was only a small portion of his life, although a very monumental time in our life. After battling with DM for only 6 months after being diagnosed, he passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side.

During any holiday, you would find our dad behind a giant “camcorder”, recording our reactions to every Christmas morning and afternoon Easter egg hunts. He made sure to narrate our every move to capture those treasured moments. He was also a foodie and loved snacking on his favorite junk food, including mini donuts, cinnamon licorice, wasabi peas, ice cream, and cookies, just to name a few. But his all-time favorite? In-N-Out burger! One way we like to celebrate his life is to enjoy an In-N-Out burger and order his favorite meal on the day of his passing. Who says that day needs to be sad? It’s a great way for us to remember the many times we’d go to In-N-Out and enjoy a meal together as a family.

Our dad’s time with dermatomyositis was only a small portion of his life, although a very monumental time in our life. After battling with DM for only 6 months after being diagnosed, he passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side. We want everyone reading this to know that he was so much more than his DM, just as anyone else who is also battling this and other forms of myositis. He’d want to be remembered for his accomplishments, his mistakes, his friends and family who cared for him and his joy for teaching life lessons to his kids.

This year marks five years since we lost our dad and while we still miss him as much as the day we lost him, time truly does heal. We promise to continue to advocate for patients and caregivers battling all forms of myositis, so one day these rare illnesses will be easier to accurately diagnose, and we have approved, effective, and accessible treatments, and eventually, a cure.

To all those battling myositis, no matter which type, we commend you and we will support you, in loving memory of our dad, Bob Landman.

Just like our dad, an illness does not define you. To all those battling myositis, no matter which type, we commend you and we will support you, in loving memory of our dad, Bob Landman.


2nd Annual Myositis Empower Walk
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Join us for the 2020 Myositis Empower Walk

Saturday, September 19, 2020
10:30 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time
In-person and virtual!

The Landman Family created the Myositis Empower Walk in loving memory of Robert “Bob” Landman. Together with Myositis Support and Understanding (MSU), the Landman’s invite you to join the 2nd Annual Myositis Empower Walk, Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 10:30 AM – 1 PM Pacific Time, in person (with precautions) if you are in the Las Vegas area, or virtually, wherever you are that day!

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The Landman Family

We created the Myositis Empower Walk in loving memory of Robert "Bob" Landman, husband of Gladys and father of Lauren, Jenna, and Chad, who passed away six short months after his diagnosis of dermatomyositis (DM) in 2015, after being repeatedly misdiagnosed.

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