Asbestos Cancer Benefit
Joining the musicians was Barbara McQueen who signed stacks of her latest book "The Last Mile." She spoke very candidly with many of the guests about her time with Steve McQueen and gave her blessings to the doctors, lawyers, and activists who make a difference in the lives of mesothelioma patients and their families every day.
Floyd Landis, winner of the 2006 Tour de France, championed the event, too, speaking about the need to fund mesothelioma research.
Over 350 guests attended the concert and dinner at Roger and Ann Worthington's beautiful seaside home in Capistrano Beach, California. Everyone was thoroughly entertained from the dazzling musical entertainment, stories of Steve McQueen and outbidding each other in the auction.
PHLBI is grateful that so many guests were able to attend! Some drove down from northern California while others flew from across the country (Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and Washington, just to name a few)! As promised, the evening was truly magical.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Punch Worthington Research Laboratory, a division of the PHLBI. PHLBI will now be able to fund exciting new research to expand treatment options for mesothelioma patients.
Mesothelioma kills 3,000 to 4,000 Americans each year. On a global scale, the numbers are in the tens of thousands, and will only get worse because asbestos makers continue to produce and ship their deadly products overseas. In the U.S., mesothelioma receives pennies relative to more "established" cancers. In comparison, cervical cancer, which also afflicts about 3,000 women annually receives $71 million in research dollars from the National Cancer Institute alone. Those research dollars have reaped an enormous benefit for women over the past four decades--cervical cancer, once the leading cause of death among women, is now susceptible to early detection and treatment. It is no longer a death sentence.
Mesothelioma receives only a few million each year, and those dollars have only come recently, as mesothelioma patients, researchers, and advocates have demanded more attention to this lethal illness. Lagging decades behind research for other cancers, the need for more research is acute. The significance of PHLBI's fundraising event, taken in context of overall funding for mesothelioma, is great indeed
Mike Harris, Paul Zygielbaum, and Jordon Zevon
Dr. Eric Vallieres, Dr. Christine Lee and Roger Worthington
(l to r) Sal and Mariana Lampasona, Dr. Robert Cameron, and Carina Castrege
Floyd Landis 2006 Tour De France Winner (center)
Roger and Barbara McQueen
(back row) Dr. Robert Cameron (Scientific Advisor), John
Caron (President), and John Markovich (Director)
(front row) Terry Lynch and Roger Worthington (PHLBI Directors)
PHLBI hopes that all who were able to attend had a wonderful night. Please feel free to share your thoughts and pictures with us by contacting Jessica Like. And if you were unable to make a donation at the benefit, please feel free to make your gift online or make your check payable to "Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute" and mail to 11818 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angles, California 90025.
*** POSTED FEBRUARY 15, 2007 ***