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Posted: October 5, 2015

2015 District Council 16 Aim To Cure

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to congratulate and thank the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing another great event for a worthy cause! This year's District Council 16 Aim to Cure event saw a turnout of 90 shooters and generated approximately $40,000 for mesothelioma research! With the Foundation's costs privately underwritten, 100% of the money generated at the event will go directly to mesothelioma research! Representing the Foundation at the event were Founding Board Members, Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul, Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

MesoRFA and District Council 16
Foundation Executive Director, Elizabeth Ann Paul thanks everyone for the continued support and dedication to the cause

 

 

After a great day of shooting sporting clays in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest participants gathered for lunch, the always popular raffle of prizes and to learn how their hard earned donations are helping in the development of new treatments. Founding Board Member Jerry Neil Paul joined DC16 Organizer John Ferruccio in thanking sponsors and the individuals who attended the events year after year. Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul then informed the sponsor's how their contributions have helped fund Dr. Parkash Gill's research lab at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center , which has resulted in the development of new treatments that are showing promise in clinical trials.

 

 

 

MesoRFA and District Council 16
Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Parkash Gill tells supporters where there hard earned donations are being used and how they are contributing to the development of new treatments for mesothelioma.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Parkash Gill continued by highlighting how treatments, such as EPh-B4, target cancerous cells while leaving healthy tissue unharmed, making EPh-B4 safer than conventional treatments. Dr. Gill also relayed the fantastic news that research facilities such as UC Davis, University of Chicago and others have committed to providing their mesothelioma patients with the option of Eph-B4 as a treatment.

MesoRFA and District Council 16
Foundation Founding Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul joins District Council 16 Event Organizer John Ferruccio to give supporters a history of the partnership between the Foundation and DC 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year's Aim to Cure events. Without the support and organizing skills of people such as DC 16 Business Manager Mike Layton, DC 16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio and Retired International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg these types of events would not be possible. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND CONTINUED DEDICATION!!!

 

 

 

 


Posted: July 20, 2015

District Council 16 Golf Invitational - 2015

Everyone at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of American would like to thank and congratulate the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing another fantastic event. Successful would be an understatement in describing this year’s DC16 13th Annual Golf Invitational. We not only witnessed a great turn out, but together we generated over $100,000 for research into this terrible disease! As always, 100 % of the donation will go directly to mesothelioma research and Eph-B4 clinical trials.

MesoRFA and District Council 16
(Left to Right) Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker, DC16 Event Organizer, John Ferruccio, Founding Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, Foundation Executive Director, Elizabeth Ann Paul, Director of the Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Parkash Gill

Representing the Foundation at the event were Founding Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, Medical Director, Dr. Parkash Gill, Executive Director, Elizabeth Ann Paul and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker. After a warm day on the course, Jerry & Elizabeth Paul thanked the supporters, some who have turned out year after year and have made the event what it is today. Jerry then informed guests of the roots of the Foundation, the partnership with DC16 and the good that has come of the partnership, which can be seen in the development of new mesothelioma treatments as well as Dr. Parkash Gill’s nomination for the Research Innovation Award at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Gill, then spoke of the promise that EPh-B4 has shown in studies and the hope it has given to patients participating in Clinical Trials at USC Norris. In addition to USC Norris, the University of Chicago, University of California at Davis, and others have vowed to offer EPh-B4 to their mesothelioma patients!

MesoRFA and District Council 16
(Left to Right) Foundation Executive Director, Elizabeth Ann Paul with Los Angeles Ram Quarterback Vince Ferragamo, Retired Local 582 Pipefitter, Bob Modica and Dr. Parkash Gill.

 

 

The continued successful events that we see year after year would not be possible without the support and dedication of some very special people. People such as, Honorary Event Chairmen Jim Kellogg and Sid Stolper, Event Chairman John Ferruccio and Committee Members Mike Layton, Ray LeVangie, Jerry Neil Paul and Elizabeth Ann Paul, have all done and given so much for the cause. We cannot thank you all enough!


Posted: July 4, 2015

California Pipetrades Aim to Cure Clay shoot - 2015

The June 2015 California Pipetrades Aim to Cure mesothelioma clayshoot, hosted by Foundation Board Member, Retired U. A. International Pipetrades Representative and California Fish & Game Commissioner, Jim Kellogg, kicked off this year's fundraising efforts and was a great success, netting $75,000 for mesothelioma research!

MesoRFA and District Council 16
MESORFA Board members Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul

Once again, the event saw a great turn out of over 180 participants who were blessed with beautiful weather at the Birdslanding Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clay facility near Concord , California . Representing the Foundation at the event were Board Members, Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul, and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker.

MesoRFA and District Council 16
Local 16 Heat and Frost Insulators with Business Manager, Mel Breshears and his All-American Team.

After a fun filled day on the course the shooters gathered for lunch and the always anticipated raffle of prizes. Before the festivities though, Jim Kellogg thanked everyone who attended and spoke about the importance of staying involved to continue raising awareness of mesothelioma research. He then introduced Jerry Paul who gave an update on Dr. Parkash Gill's progress in developing new treatments for patients diagnosed with mesothelioma.

MesoRFA and District Council 16
3rd Place Team, Local 342 includes Mike Mikich, Ken Pastega and Stephen Mikich

Highlighted, was the progress of drug Eph-B4 in the FDA process, as well as the interest shown by other treatment facilities, such as University of Chicago and the University of California , Davis in treating their mesothelioma patients with the drug. With the support of participants in events such as 'Aim to Cure' advances in mesothelioma treatment options will be a reality.

 

 

 

As always, 100% of the money raised during the California Pipetrades Aim to Cure event, will go to mesothelioma cancer research. With these sizable donations we can be assured that Dr. Gill's mesothelioma cancer research at USC/ Norris Comprehensive Medical Center will be moving in the right direction. Thank you to all who participated and made the shoot a success!


Posted: January 2, 2015

DISTRICT COUNCIL 16 GIVES $200,000
FOR CANCER RESEARCH

Money Goes to Effective, Ongoing Research and Treatment

By Robert Buscemi

The United Association Southern California Pipe Trades Council 16 presented the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America with a check for $200,000 at the Council's annual holiday lunch.

MesoRFA and District Council 16
DC 16 gives a landmark amount to a worthy cause: (l-r) Shane Rucker, Dr. Parkash Gill, Elizabeth Paul, Jerry Neil Paul and John Ferruccio.

The money, all raised in 2014, will go toward a cure for mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. District Council 16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio emceed the event December 12 at the Dodger Stadium Club. He held off announcing the impressive dollar figure until after the speeches, when a drum roll from the house band built the excitement.

'Every year, as you know, one of our main fundraisers is to find a cure for this unfortunate disease,' Ferruccio told more than 150 attendees. 'Mostly, mesothelioma is affecting our grandfathers, fathers and fathers-in-law. It's gotten a lot better over the years.'

Ferruccio said the Council hosts an annual golf tournament and skeet-shooting events. In addition, the State Building and Construction Trade Council of California raises money through the annual Roger Hamilton golf invitational.

The foundation, known as MESORFA, was founded in 2001 by attorney Jerry Neil Paul, his wife Elizabeth Ann Paul and retired California Pipe Trades Representative and past Vice President of the State Building and Construction Trade Council, Jim Kellogg.

MesoRFA and Elizabeth Paul
"To bring a treatment to the public costs tens of millions of dollars," Elizabeth Paul tells the crowd.

In thanking District Council 16, MESORFA Executive Director Elizabeth Paul explained that all funding goes toward research rather than administration. 'All of this money goes directly to fund a lab at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center here in Los Angeles . We use 100 percent of every dollar donated toward research, for clinical trials and to fund the lab. Nothing goes for the foundation, those costs are privately underwritten.'

Research Costs Millions

Paul said such research is never cheap, and other cancers get more attention and funding than mesothelioma, especially in a tight economy. Indeed, she said, MESORFA operates on a shoestring budget. 'I know people don't understand that, but to bring a treatment to the public costs tens of millions of dollars.'

As such, Paul said District Council 16's annual contribution is crucial. 'Everybody was extremely generous. Families took care of families. My husband Jerry and I are big on family. Your leaders at District Council 16 view your members as family. Because they have gone out of their way to make sure that there are treatments and cures for this horrible disease.'

The disease hits especially hard at workers who have been exposed to asbestos, as many Pipe Trades and other Building Trades were before protections were put in place against the toxic substance. Even now, workers confront the hazard at some job sites.

Paul then introduced Dr. Parkash Gill, who reported that he has made huge strides at his lab through the development of Veglin, a drug that treats the disease. 'I'm honored to be part of it,' Gill said. 'It's a worthy cause. I'm a cancer doctor, so finding a treatment for patients really is a rewarding experience. When somebody is ill and they get better and they go home and never see you again, it's wonderful.'

Gill said that patients are already seeing positive results at treatment advances. He said certain efforts have been completely successful. 'This medicine, we have given to a 78-year-old patient. Two or three years out now, there's no cancer left and no side effects.'


Posted: November 2014

MesoRFA and The Northern California Insulators & Allied Workers Local 16

MesoRFA and Jerry Neil Paul
"To bring a treatment to the public costs millions of dollars," Jerry Neil Paul tells the Local 16 retirees.

The Northern California Insulators & Allied Workers Local 16 Energy Conservation Specialists welcomed Jerry Neil Paul to their annual retirees meeting. Mr. Paul is a founding member of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America and on the MesoRFA Board of Directors. As the Local 16 has continued to show its support for the on-going mesothelioma cancer cure reseach at the foundation, Jerry Paul shared and explained some of the accomplishments and success stories about patients receiving treatment because of the Local's donations.

Since its opening and after several million dollars in donation funding, the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America is extremely pleased by the results achieved and very excited about the possibilities of a more effective treatment over what presently is available for mesothelioma cancer victims.

MesoRFA and Jerry Neil Paul
Northern California Insulators & Allied Workers Local 16 Energy Conservation Specialists

One of the successful treatments developed by the foundation is Veglin, an anti-angiogenesis non-chemotherapy drug. Veglin has the unique ability to lower the levels of proteins required for mesothelioma cancer tumor growth.

Angiogenesis is a natural process of cellular growth and development; however, it also fuels tumor metastasis (spread and growth of cancer). Tumors have a limited capacity to grow unaided. In order to continue to grow and metastasize, tumors require a continuous flow of oxygen and essential nutrients. In order for tumors to get a continuous flow, they require blood vessel growth into the cancerous mass. Tumors induce the required blood vessel growth by secreting a variety of growth factors (VEGF). It is believed (and proven effective in certain trials) that preventing the formation of new blood vessels can prevent the growth and spread of tumors.

As an   anti-angiogenesis drug , the purpose of Veglin is straightforward; it inhibits the process of angiogenesis (cancer cell growth) from occurring, and with it, the spread of mesothelioma cancer.

MesoRFA and Jerry Neil Paul
L-R: Spider Cantley, Jerry Neil Paul, and President Howard

In thanking the retirees of the Northern California Insulators & Allied Workers Local 16 , Mr. Paul explained that all donations go toward funding research rather than administration. 'All of the money goes directly to fund the research lab at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles . The foundation uses 100 percent of every dollar donated toward research, for clinical trials and to fund the lab. Nothing goes for operating the foundation, those costs are privately underwritten.'



December 2015 - Message from MesoRFA Executive Director, Elizabeth Paul

Year after year, the events held in benefit of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of American have grown, much to the credit of our friends at the California State Pipe Trades, the Southern California Pipe Trades District 16, and the San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council. read more..


July 2015 - V.I.P. Letter of Thanksgiving from Elizabeth and Jerry Paul

It would take a book to touch on all the good everyone has accomplished together with Dr. Gill and USC Norris Comprehensive Center in our war against cancer. While we have won some of the battles, the war is not over! Here is our sincerest letter of thanks to you, our V.I.P.


2015 - Dr. Gill, EPH-B4, and Cell Blocker

After years of EPH-B4 research, presently our sEphB4-HSA drug is being tested within an extended Phase I clinical trial on patients, including patients with mesothelioma cancer. read more...


2015 - California Pipetrades "Aim to Cure" Clay Shoot

The Birds Landing event on June 5th hosted by California Pipetrades raises $75K as guests "Aim to Cure" for battling cancer.

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Posted: November 2014

District Council 16 Aim to Cure 2014


Special thanks for the support and organizing skills of DC 16 Business Manager Mike Layton, DC 16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio and Retired International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg who make this event possible and successful.

 

 

October 27, 2014

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to congratulate and thank the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing another fantastic event to help find a cure for mesothelioma. This year's District Council 16 Aim to Cure event saw a great turnout of over 80 participants and generated over $42,000 for mesothelioma research! With the Foundation's costs privately underwritten, 100% of the money generated will go directly to mesothelioma research! Representing the Foundation at Aim to Cure were Founding Board Members Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul , Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16
Foundation Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, Chairman of the Medical Advisory board Dr. Parkash Gill, DC 16 Business Manager Mike Layton, Foundation Board Member Jim Kellogg and DC 16 Organizer John Ferruccio.

After a great day of shooting sporting clays in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest participants gathered for lunch, the always popular raffle of prizes and to learn how their hard earned donations are being used. Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul began by thanking everyone in attendance and John Ferruccio for picking up where newly elected District Council 16 Business Manager, Mike Layton, had left off, in organizing another fantastic event. Elizabeth then informed the participants of how their support was helping to develop new treatments for mesothelioma with the introduction of new drugs to the FDA Clinical Trials. Dr. Parkash Gill continued by updating the supporters on the development of Eph-B4 and how it has proven to be a safe and viable treatment option for mesothelioma, with very few side effects and helping to prolong the lives of patients fighting this terrible disease. He then relayed the fantastic news that research facilities in Northern California, Maryland , Colorado and Illinois are interested in providing their mesothelioma patients with the option of Eph-B4 as a treatment.

Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16
Foundation Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, Chairman of the Medical Advisory board Dr. Parkash Gill, and Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year's Aim to Cure events. Without the support and organizing skills of people such as DC 16 Business Manager Mike Layton, DC 16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio and Retired International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg these types of events would not be possible. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND CONTINUED DEDICATION!!!

 

 

 

 


Posted: September 23, 2014

John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet of 2014

Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16
San Diego Building Trades Council Business Manager, Tom Lemmon and Foundation Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker at the John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet

The 32 nd Annual John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet was held on September 6, 2014 in San Diego , California and raised $5,000 for the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. Every year the JOHNS come together to honor an old friend, by recognizing today's Labor Leader of the Year, and to raise money for the cancer research conducted by local charities. The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America is honored to be chosen as one of the benefactors of this year's event and in years past.

The Foundation's Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker spoke at the event and gave supporters an update on the progress being made by the Mesothelioma Lab at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Shane first reminded attendees that 100% of the donations received go toward research thanks to the Foundation's costs being privately underwritten by Jerry and Elizabeth Paul. He then spoke about the development of a new treatment option for mesothelioma, Eph-B4, and the fantastic results that the new drug had shown in lab research before being submitted to the FDA for Phase I Clinical Trials. Shane then highlighted the current treatment of a woman who has been given a new lease on life after given no hope when first diagnosed.

Everyone at the Foundation would like to thank President of the JOHNS and the San Diego Buildings Trades Business Manager, Tom Lemmon, past JOHNS recipients Nico Ferraro and Kirk Crosswhite, and the rest of the JOHNS for their commitment to making mesothelioma a disease of the past.


Posted: September 19, 2014

District Council 16 Golf Invitational of 2014

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to thank and congratulate the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing one of the highest netting events in our 13 year history! On July 21st , this year's DC 16 Golf Invitational was truly amazing in the amount of support and dedication to the cause that we have ever seen. With this year's event proceeds topping $90,000, the DC16 Golf Invitational has raised nearly $1.2 million for mesothelioma research over the last 12 years! An amazing number with a grass roots beginning! As always, 100 % of the event's net proceeds will go directly to Mesothelioma Research thanks to the Foundation's costs being privately underwritten by Jerry and Elizabeth Paul.

Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16
Taking home the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 Golf Invitational 1st place trophy was Fred Larkin, Peter Barrera, Chuck Lozano and Hank Fiske of Pipefitters and Steamfitters UA Local 250!

Representing the Foundation at the event was Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, Executive Director, Elizabeth Paul, Medical Director, Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker. After a great day on the golf course Jerry and Elizabeth Paul thanked those who came out to support the Foundation as well as John Ferruccio for his tireless work in making the event a success. Dr. Gill then highlighted the successes being made in the laboratory with the development of Eph-B4 and it being a direct result of the support seen at events such as the Invitational. Dr. Gill also reported the GREAT news that Eph-B4 is not only being administered in FDA approved Phase I Clinical Trials but that it is prolonging the lives of patients who were given little to no hope. This was fantastic news that was met with a huge applause and hope for future treatment options.

Elizabeth Paul, MesoRFA
Foundation Executive Director, Elizabeth Ann Paul accepts her auction prize from former Los Angeles Rams quarterback and event supporter, Vince Ferragamo

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year's event. Without the dedication and organizing skills of people such as Event Chairman John Ferruccio, the continued support of Honorary Chairmen, Jim Kellogg and Sid Stolper, as well as the devotion of Committee Members Mike Layton, Ray Le Vangie and Jerry and Elizabeth Paul, this event and great turnout would not have been possible.

 

WE WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PARTICIPTAION AND DEDICATION TO MAKING MESOTHELIOMA A DISEASE OF THE PAST!!!

 

 

 

 

 


Posted: September 18, 2014

Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational - 2014 13th Annual

Once again the “Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational” was a monumental success, generating approximately $95,000 for mesothelioma research! This year marks the 13th year of the annual event and was held on June 30, 2014 at the pristine Napa Valley Country Club. Representing the Foundation at the event were Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, Medical Director Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

As many of you know the event was established through the brainstorming of California Building Trades Vice President and International Representative of the Insulators Roger Hamilton, U.A. International Representative of the Pipetrades in California and Hawaii Jim Kellogg and the California Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth. After being diagnosed with cancer Roger felt the need to support research into a cure for mesothelioma while promoting less tobacco use in the building trades. Since Roger's untimely passing his wife, Cindy Hamilton, has taken over as Chair of the Committee and has done a magnificent job in consistently promoting and managing the event every year. She has dedicated many hours of hard work to the event, which has brought friends and supporters together in memoriam of Roger and helped lead the charge for a cure. To date the event has generated approximately $1.2 million for mesothelioma research.

THANK YOU ROGER AND CINDY HAMILTON!

Cindy Hamilton, MesoRFA
Cindy Hamilton, Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational Chairwoman

After a great day on the course, winding through the hills of Napa Valley , golfers joined for dinner and to hear how their donations were being used to help research into this terrible disease. California State Buildings Trades Council President, Robbie Hunter, began by introducing the Foundation's Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker. Shane thanked the Committee Members for their dedication and hard work towards making the event a success year after year, before thanking the participants for their continued support. He then talked about the advances being made in mesothelioma research and highlighted that 100% of the event's net proceeds would go towards mesothelioma research, thanks to the costs being underwritten by Jerry & Elizabeth Paul. The Foundation's Medical Director, Dr. Parkash Gill was then introduced who spoke about the fantastic results that new drug EPh-B4 had shown in lab research before being submitted to the FDA for Phase I Clinical Trials. Dr. Gill highlighted the treatment of a 78 year old woman who is currently being treated with EPh-B4 and has been given a new lease on life after given no hope when first diagnosed. Dr. Gill then relayed the fantastic news that other research facilities and pharmaceutical companies in the United States have expressed interest in his research and are willing to administer EPh-B4 treatments in their facilities!

Bob Balgenorth, California Buildings Trades President
Retired California Buildings Trades President, Bob Balgenorth, Foundation Founding Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, Foundation Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker

We want to thank everyone who had a hand in making this year's event a great success. Without the help of Chairwoman, Cindy Hamilton, California State Buildings Trades Council President, Robbie Hunter and Committee Members, Mel Brashears, Debra Chaplan, Paul Doolittle, Mitch Johnson, Geoff Millar, Jerry & Elizabeth Paul and Lynn Schorno this event would not be possible. Your support ensures research into mesothelioma will continue and a cure will be found!

 

 

 


Posted: September 10, 2014

California Pipetrades Aim to Cure-Birdslanding, California

The 2014 “ California Pipetrades Aim to Cure” mesothelioma clayshoot, hosted by Foundation Board Member and International Pipetrades Representative, Jim Kellogg, kicked off a great year of fundraising, netting approximately $75,000 for mesothelioma research! On June 6 th , this year's event saw one of its largest turnouts, with more than 180 shooters and supporters converging on the Birdslanding Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clay Facility. Representing the Foundation at the event were Board Member's Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul, as well as Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

Jerry Neil Paul, Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America (MesoRFA)
Jonny Paul, Foundation Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker and Foundation Founding Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul shooting on behalf of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America

After a cease fire and a delicious lunch, Jim Kellogg thanked everyone who attended and highlighted how important it is to stay involved in the events and continue to raise awareness. Shane Rucker was then introduced, who first thanked Jim Kellogg and the President of the California Pipetrades, Rod Cameron, for organizing and hosting such a great event, before informing the supporters of where the events proceeds would go and how they are helping to develop new treatments for mesothelioma. Shane highlighted that, under the direction of Dr. Parkash Gill at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, new drug, EphB-4, had been introduced into FDA Clinical Trials and showing amazing promise!

Shane Rucker, Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America (MesoRFA)
Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker, Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 Business Manager, Mike Layton and father J.A. Layton

With the Foundation's administrative costs underwritten by the Paul Law Firm, 100% of the event's net proceeds will go towards mesothelioma cancer research. With these sizable donations we can be assured that Dr. Gill's mesothelioma cancer research at USC/ Norris Comprehensive Medical Center will be moving in the right direction.

Shane Rucker, Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America (MesoRFA)
Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker speaking to the Aim to Cure participants on how their donations and support are helping in the development of new mesothelioma treatments

Thank you to all who participated and made the events a success!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted: May 16, 2014

Fresno Local 246 Scholarship Golf Tournament

Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker, enjoys a day of golf in support of the UA Local 246 Plumbers & Pipefitters Scholarship Golf Tournament.


Posted: November 15, 2013

Autumn 2013 - PhRMA Golf Invitational


Participating in the event on behalf of the Foundation was Founding Board Member and International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg (Retired) who teamed up with the Executive Director of the California State Pipetrades, Rodney Cameron. After a great day on the course Jim Kellogg was given the opportunity to inform the supporters on where their donations were going and the new treatment options they are helping to develop.

Everyone at the Foundation would like to thank Chuck Center and PhRMA for organizing the event and for choosing us as the benefactor. We hope this is the beginning of a new relationship and continued support! We would also like to thank Robbie Hunter and Cindy Hamilton at the California State Building and Construction Trades for their tireless pursuit in finding a cure of this terrible disease. Without their support the Foundation would not be where it is today!


Posted: October 28, 2013

Autumn 2013 - District Council 16 Aim to Cure Meso Clay Shoot


Clay Shoot

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Aim to Cure Clayshoot and those at Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 who work so hard to make the event possible. Once again, supporters gathered at the Moore ‘N Moore Sporting Clays facility in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest and had their hand in generating approximately $25,000 for mesothelioma research! As always, 100% of the money raised at the event will go directly to mesothelioma research to help find a cure for this terrible disease.

While the weather gave shooters a few “duck for cover” moments, everyone enjoyed themselves moving from station to station before gathering for a delicious tri-tip BBQ and the coveted raffle. Congratulations to UA Local 78 Business Manager Gary Cook for bringing home the grand prize! Before kicking off the raffle though, DC 16 Assistant Business Manager and event coordinator, Mike Layton, thanked everyone who came out to support the event and spoke of the support and progress being made on this terrible disease by Dr. Parkash Gill at the USC Norris Cancer Center. The importance of donations and these fundraising events are paramount in developing new cancer fighting drugs into treatments centers around the world.


Mike Layton gathers the shooters

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year’s Aim to Cure Clayshoot. Without the support and organizing skills of people such as DC 16 Business Manager Sid Stolper, DC 16 Assistant Business Manager Mike Layton, DC 16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio and International Piptrades Representative Jim Kellogg (Retired) these types of events would not be possible.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND DEDICATION!!

 

 

 


Posted: September 7, 2013

John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet

For the 31st consecutive year “The Johns” and supporters joined to raise money for good causes and to honor those who have dedicated their lives to making their community a better place to live. The Johns donated the proceeds of the event to local charities, choosing the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America, the Salk Institute and the Epilepsy Foundation as the benefactors, while honoring 2013 Labor Leader of the year, Johnny Simpson of Local 569 Electrical Workers and the Fellowship Award recipient, Carol Wallace, who is the President & CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. After the awards were presented the Mesothelioma Research Foundation was presented with the generous donation of $5,000, 100% of which will be donated to research in finding a cure for this horrible disease.


Attending this special event included: Nico-Ferarro, Shane Rucker, Dr. Parkash Gill, and Jerry Neil Paul.

In attendance for the Foundation and seated at The Paul Law Firm sponsored table was Founding Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, Medical Director, Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker, who enjoyed the company of Retired Business Manager of Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 230, Nico Ferraro and his wife Lynn. After dinner we heard from the Salk Institute’s, Dr. Kathy Jones who highlighted the research into new treatments for colon cancer. Dr. Parkash Gill was then given an opportunity to speak and highlighted the importance of donations in developing new cancer fighting drugs, pointing to the development of Eph-B4 and its submission to the FDA for Phase I clinical trials as an example. Dr. Gill also gave an update on how promising Eph-B4 is, bringing up the case of a 76 year old patient current in remission after being given little hope of survival. We all applaud Dr. Gills’ efforts as well as others fighting for a cure.


Also in attendence to this successful event where: Tom Lemmon, Jerry Neil Paul, as well as Lynn and Nico Ferraro.

Everyone at MESORFA would like to congratulate those who were honored at this year’s banquet and would like to thank The Johns and it’s supporters for their commitment in making Mesothelioma a disease of the past. A special thanks to the President of the San Diego County Building Trades Council, Tom Lemmon, Business Manager of Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 230, Kirk Crosswhite, Retired Business Manager of Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 230, Nico Ferraro, Retired Business Manager of Ironworkers Union Local 229 Bill Stuckey and Business Agent of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 230 Jim Cunningham for their graciousness and hospitality at this year’s event.


Posted: October 2013

Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational - 2013 12th Annual

The 12th Annual “Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational” was held on July 22nd, 2013 at the pristine Napa Valley Country Club in Napa Valley, CA and once again saw an amazing turnout, generating over $80,000 for mesothelioma research! As always, 100% of the event’s proceeds will go to mesothelioma research. Everyone at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of American would like to say THANK YOU to all of our supporters, sponsors and committee members who made this event possible.


Special and Successful.

You may recall that the event was established through the dedication of California Building Trades Vice President Roger Hamilton, California Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth and U.A. International Representative of the Pipetrades in California and Hawaii Jim Kellogg, who came together in 2001 to brainstorm ideas for a fundraiser. It was Roger’s idea to support research into a cure for Mesothelioma while promoting less tobacco use in the building trades. Although, Roger had been diagnosed with cancer several months before the first tournament, Roger was determined to make the first event in 2002 a success while having a great time out on the course. Cindy Hamilton has since been Chair of the Committee for the annual event and has done a magnificent job, dedicating many hours of hard work to bring friends and supporters together to lead the charge for a cancer cure.


2013 Richard Hamilton Memorial Golfers: Jerry Neil Paul, Dick Johnson, and Shane Rucker.

After a great round of golf, supporters gathered in the clubhouse for dinner and to learn how their participation in the event is helping to develop new treatment options for mesothelioma. Newly elected President of the California State Buildings Trades, Robbie Hunter and event Chairwoman, Cindy Hamilton, thanked everyone in attendance and spoke of the great turnout, year after year, for this noble cause. Together they introduced the Foundation’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Paul, Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Parkash Gill.

Shane began by thanking everyone who has a hand in making the event a success year after year. Without the dedication of people such as Cindy Hamilton, Bob Balgenorth, Robbie Hunter, Jim Kellogg, Steve Steele and Debra Chaplan we assuredly would not be where we are today in the development of new treatment options. Elizabeth then spoke of Dr. Gill’s exciting news of submitting EPH-B4 to the Food & Drug Administration for Phase I Clinical Trials and its approval for use in human trials at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are all very excited by this news and share in Dr. Gill’s exuberance of this new development. Dr. Gill then gave details of how EPH-B4 works efficiently at attacking the cancerous cells while leaving the healthy cells alone, resulting in very few side effects. Then he relayed the story of a 76 year old patient with mesothelioma, who came to him with very little hope and as a last effort to save her life. Since beginning the treatment her mesothelioma has disappeared and she is now living in remission, which has been confirmed through regular CT Scans and PET scans. We are all ecstatic by this news, which was met with thunderous applause from the event’s participants and organizers!

We would again like to thank everyone who participated and had a hand in making this year’s event a great success. We would like to extend a special thank you to Cindy Hamilton, Robbie Hunter, Bob Balgenorth, Jim Kellogg, Steve Steele, Debra Chaplan, Paul Doolittle, Mitch Johnson, Russ O’Brien, Lynn Schorno, Arlene Holm and many others for their tireless efforts in making this event a huge success every year. Your support ensures research into mesothelioma will continue and a cure will be found!


Posted: July 22, 2013

District Council 16 Aim to Cure 2013

The June 2013 "Aim to Cure" event hosted by Foundation Founding Board Member and International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg (Retired) was an overwhelming success seeing a record turnout of participants and netting approximately $70,000 for mesothelioma research!

It was blistering hot at this year's Aim to Cure event, but that didn't stop the participants from coming out in full force to support this great cause. We had a record number of donors contribute and witnessed over 180 shooters participate in the event and support the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. Once again, the event was held at the Birdslanding Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clay facility in Birdslanding, California which provided a great venue for the event. Representing the Foundation were Board Members Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.


Special thanks for the support and organizing skills of DC 16 Business Manager Sid Stolper, DC 16 Assistant Business Manager Mike Layton, DC 16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio and Retired International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg who make this event possible and successful.

After making their way through the course supporters and participants joined together for drinks, a tri-tip lunch and the always anticipated raffle of gifts. Jim Kellogg kicked off the festivities by thanking everyone in attendance and spoke about the importance of staying involved to continue raising awareness of mesothelioma research. Jim then passed the mic to the Foundations Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker, who talked briefly about the advances being made and our hopes for the future. Under the leadership of Dr. Parkash Gill at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer center, new cancer fighting drugs have become available and providing hope. Dr. Gill, with the help of the National Cancer Institute, has submitted the new non-chemotherapy drug, EphB-4, to the FDA and has gotten approval to begin Phase I Clinical Trials. Dr. Gill is also hopeful that UC Davis will participate in the clinical trials for EphB4 alongside USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. With the support of participants in events such as "Aim to Cure" advances in mesothelioma treatment options will be a reality.

As always, 100% of the money raised during the "Aim to Cure" events will go towards mesothelioma cancer research. With these sizable donations we can all be assured that Dr. Gill's research at USC/ Norris Comprehensive Medical Center will move in the right direction.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED AND JIM KELLOGG FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A FANTASTIC EVENT!


Posted: October 29, 2012

PhRMA Golf Invitational

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America was blessed with a sixth and final event to round out our 2012 fundraising efforts. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America held a Golf Invitational at the Napa Valley Country Club and with the help and support of the California State Building and Construction Trades the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America was the benefactor of the event! The event’s proceeds totaled nearly $11,000, 100% of which will go towards mesothelioma research!

In attendance for the Foundation were Founding Board Member Jerry Neil Paul and Medical Advisory Board Chairman Dr. Parkash Gill who had the pleasure of sitting with event organizer and President of the California Bio-Pharma Labor Management Association, Chuck Center, and his daughter Jennifer Center for dinner. Dr. Parkash Gill was then given the opportunity to inform the supporters on where their donations were going and the new treatment options they are helping to develop. He discussed the development of EPH-B4 and its submission to the FDA for Phase I Clinical Trials as a direct result of the donations received.

Everyone at the Foundation would like to thank Chuck Center and PhRMA for organizing the event and for choosing us as the benefactor. We hope this is the beginning of a new relationship and continued support! We would also like to thank Bob Balgenorth and Cindy Hamilton at the California State Building and Construction Trades for their tireless pursuit in finding a cure of this terrible disease. Without their support the Foundation would not be where it is today!


Posted: October 22, 2012

District Council 16 Aim to Cure

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to congratulate and thank the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing a fantastic event to help find a cure for mesothelioma. This year’s Aim to Cure event was held at the Moore ‘N Moore Sporting Clays facility in San Fernando, CA and was an overwhelming success generating approximately $52,000 for mesothelioma research! Representing the Foundation were Founding Board Members Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board Dr. Parkash Gill, Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker and special guest Carmy Peters from the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. As always, 100% of the money generated at the event will go directly to mesothelioma research to help find a cure for this terrible disease.


Without the support and organizing skills of people such as DC 16 Business Manager Sid Stolper, DC 16 Assistant Business Manager Mike Layton, DC 16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio and Retired International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg these types of events would not be possible.

 

After a great day of shooting in the mountains of the Angeles National Forest the event’s supporters gathered for lunch, the always popular raffle of prizes and to learn where their donations are being used. Speaking at the event on behalf of the Foundation was Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul and Medical Director, Dr. Parkash Gill. After thanking everyone in attendance and Mike Layton for organizing a fantastic event Jerry Paul spoke about the roots of the Foundation and the massive efforts taken in developing new drugs for the treatment of mesothelioma. He then introduced Dr. Parkash Gill who spoke about the development of EPH-B4 and it being a direct result of the support seen at events such as the Invitational. Dr. Gill also reported the GREAT news that EPH-B4 was submitted to the FDA for Phase I Clinical Trials and is available to qualifying mesothelioma patients. This was fantastic news that was met with applause and hope for future treatment options.

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year’s events.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND DEDICATION!!!


Posted: September 8, 2012

John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet of 2012

This year marked a milestone for the JOHNS who celebrated today’s Labor Leader of the Year at their 30th Annual Memorial Banquet. The event was held on September 8, 2012 in San Diego, CA and raised $5,000 for mesothelioma research! As you may recall the JOHNS meet every year to honor an old friend, John S. Lyons, by recognizing the Labor Leader of the Year, and to raise money for cancer and leukemia research with local charities. Since its inception the JOHNS have donated nearly $1,300,000.00 to local charities! The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America is honored to be chosen as one of the benefactors of this year’s event and in years past.

The John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet - JOHNS
Labor Leader of the Year: Tom Lemmon

 

Local 230 Pipetrades Business Manager, Kirk Crosswhite, and Retired Local 230 Business Manager, Nico Ferraro, shared a table with the Foundation’s Founding Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, Executive Director, Elizabeth Paul, and Medical Director Dr., Parkash Gill. After thanking everyone in attendance Dr. Gill spoke about the development of new cancer fighting drugs that he and his team are working on at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He highlighted the development and submission of EPH-B4 to FDA Phase I Clinical Trials as being a direct result of the donations received from events such as the JOHNS.

 

Everyone at the Foundation would like to thank the President of the JOHNS and this year’s Labor Leader of the Year Tom Lemmon as well as Art Cantu, Councilwoman Marti Emerald, Kirk Crosswhite, Nico Ferraro, Bill Stuckey, Art Lujan and the rest of the JOHNS for their commitment to making mesothelioma a disease of the past. THANK YOU!


Posted: July 30th, 2012

2012 Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational

This year’s “Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational” marked the 11th year anniversary in promoting a No Smoking atmosphere in the California State Building Trades while supporting a cure for mesothelioma. As usual the event was a huge success, netting over $80,000 for mesothelioma research!

The Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational - MesoRFA.org
In Support of Mesothelioma Research and a Cure

The event was established in 2002 through the hard work and dedication of the California Building Trades Vice President and International Representative of the Insulators, Roger Hamilton, U.A. International Representative of the Pipetrades Jim Kellogg and California Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth, who came together to brainstorm ideas for a fundraiser. Roger was the first Chair of the Tobacco Free-Off Golf Tournament Committee and it was his idea to support research into a cure for mesothelioma while promoting less tobacco use in the building trades. Since Roger’s untimely passing his wife, Cindy Hamilton, has taken over as Chair of the Committee and has done a magnificent job in filling the venue with 144 golfers every year. She has dedicated many hours of hard work to the event, which has brought friends and supporters together in memoriam of Roger and helped lead the charge for a cure.

Representing the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America were Founding Board Members Jerry Neil Paul and Jim Kellogg, Executive Director Elizabeth Paul, Medical Director Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker. After a beautiful round of golf at the Napa Valley Country Club, both Jerry and Elizabeth Paul thanked everyone for supporting the event and spoke about the importance of new treatments for mesothelioma. Dr. Parkash Gill then talked about the exciting news coming from the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center highlighting the development of EPH-B4 and its submission to the FDA for Phase I Clinical Trials. Dr. Gill and the Foundation are very excited about the developments and hopeful it will become a mainstream treatment option for mesothelioma patients.

Everyone at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to thank those who make this event possible and a success. A special thank you goes out to Chairwoman Cindy Hamilton, Honorary Co-Chairman Robert Balgenorth, Chair in Memoriam Roger Hamilton and Committee Members Jim Kellogg, Debra Chaplan, Paul Doolittle, Mitch Johnson, Russ O’Brien, Jerry & Elizabeth Paul, Lynn Schorno and Steve Steele who work tirelessly towards making this event a success every year. THANK YOU!


Posted: July 16, 2012

District Council 16 Golf Invitational

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to thank and congratulate the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing an amazing event. This year’s DC 16 Golf Invitational not only saw their largest turnout out of over 150 golfers but it also marked the event’s 10 year anniversary! With this year’s proceeds nearing $90,000, the Invitational has raised approximately $1,000,000 for mesothelioma research! An amazing number with a grass roots beginning. As always, 100 % of the donations go directly to Mesothelioma Research.

Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 - mesothelioma treatment cure support
District Council 16 in Support of Mesothelioma Research and a Cure

Representing the Foundation at the event was Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, Executive Director, Elizabeth Paul, Medical Director, Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker. After a great day on the golf course Jerry and Elizabeth Paul thanked those who came out to support the Foundation as well as John Ferruccio for his tireless work in making the event a success. Dr. Gill then highlighted the successes being made in the laboratory with the development of EPH-B4 and it being a direct result of the support seen at events such as the Invitational. Dr. Gill also reported the GREAT news that EPH-B4 was being submitted to the FDA for Phase I Clinical Trials. This was fantastic news that was met with applause and hope for future treatment options.

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year’s event. Without the support and organizing skills of people such as Jim Kellogg, Sid Stolper, Mike Layton and John Ferruccio, and Committee members Jerry and Elizabeth Paul, Jack Ferrara and David Harper, this event and great turnout would not have been possible. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR DEDICATION!!!


Posted: June 9, 2012

Birdslanding Aim to Cure Clay Shoot Raises $60k For Cancer Research

The Birdslanding Aim to Cure Clay Shoot event hosted by Foundation Board Member and International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg was a great success bringing in approximately $60,000 for mesothelioma cancer research.

Jim Kellogg - Aim to Cure - mesothelioma treatment research
Jim Kellogg -
Aim to Cure 2012

 

The shooters and supporters of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America were once again blessed with beautiful weather at the Birdslanding Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clay facility near Concord, California. Representing the Foundation were Board Members Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul, Medical Advisory Board Chairman Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

After a fun filled day on the course the shooters gathered for lunch and the always anticipated raffle of prizes. Before the festivities though, Jim Kellogg thanked everyone who attended and spoke about the importance of staying involved to continue raising awareness of mesothelioma research.

Warden Jerry Kardow and Shane Rucker - Aim to Cure - mesothelioma treatment research
Calif. Fish & Game Warden Jerry Kardow and Shane Rucker from MesoRFA -
Aim to Cure 2012

 

By doing this we can ensure progress will be made and a cure will be found. Jerry Paul also thanked everyone on behalf of the Foundation and had Dr. Parkash Gill talk about the advancements being made and our hopes for the future. He highlighted the development and submission of the new drug EPH-B4 to FDA Phase I Clinical Trials. With the support of participants in events such as Aim to Cure, advances in mesothelioma treatment options will be a reality.

As always, 100% of the money raised during the Aim to Cure events will go to mesothelioma cancer research. With these sizable donations we can be assured that Dr. Gill’s mesothelioma cancer research at USC/ Norris Comprehensive Medical Center will be moving in the right direction. Thank you to all who participated and made the shoot a success!

 


John S. Lyons Donation of 2011 Received

Posted: Mar 14, 2012

Today, we took receipt of $5,000 designated for mesothelioma cancer research, and the entire staff at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America stops and takes a deliberate moment to recognize and send a sincere thanks to the JOHNS for their donation.

The John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet - JOHNS
The 2011 Johns Memorial Donation

The JOHNS event is held annually to honor a dear deceased friend, John S. Lyons, by acknowledging today's Labor Leader of the Year as well as raise money for cancer research and other local charities. As always, 100% of the donation received by the Foundation will go toward research into treatment options for mesothelioma cancer. We also give a special thank you to our friends and good allies at the JOHNS who are at the forefront of encouraging Dr. Parkash Gill and this Foundation to continue having a nexus in San Diego, CA where Dr. Gill is actively working with a lab of researchers furthering his research into better treatment options for Mesothelioma cancer, as well as other cancers that demonstrate a response to anti-angiogenesis treatments. More about anti-angiogenesis treatments (non-chemotherapy drugs) and Dr. Gill's research can be found at:

http://mesorfa.org/treatments/non-chemo-drugs.php



Jerry Neil Paul
and Ron Powers

 

Jerry Paul with Local 16 Heat and Frost Workers Retirees President Ron Powers. The Foundation gives thanks and sincere appreciation to the Local 16 Retirees for their recent contribution towards mesothelioma cancer research for a cure.

 

 


The John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet - JOHNS
Mike Huerta,
Ray Caldron,
and Shane Rucker

 

Local 709 Retirees Golf Tournament - Mike Huerta, Ray Calderon and Shane Rucker enjoying a round of golf in support of the United Association Local 709 Sprinkler Fitter Retirees.

 

 

 


2011 District Council 16 Cure Meso Clayshoot

Posted: October 24, 2011

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America (MESORFA) would like to thank everyone who attended this year's Cure Meso Clayshoot and those at Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 who made the event possible. This year's event was held at Moore ‘N Moore Sporting Clays facility in San Fernando Valley, CA and was a huge success generating approximately $36,000 for mesothelioma research. Participating on behalf of the Foundation were Founding Board Member Jerry Neil Paul and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker. As always, 100% of the money generated at the event will go directly to mesothelioma research to help find a cure for this terrible disease.

After enjoying the beautiful Southern California weather and the picturesque canyons of the Angeles National Forest shooters gathered for a BBQ and to learn how their donations are helping. Speaking on behalf of District Council 16 was Assistant Business Manager Mike Layton who thanked everyone who came out to support the event and those who volunteer their time at MESORFA. Speaking on behalf of the Foundation were Jerry N. Paul and Shane Rucker who thanked everyone in attendance and those who had a hand in making the event such a success. Dr. Parkash Gill then spoke about the progress being made by his team of doctors at USC Norris Cancer Center and the introduction of Eph-B4 into human trials. This is fantastic news and highlights the importance of donations and fundraising events in getting cancer fighting drugs into treatments centers around the world.

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year's Cure Meso Clayshoot. Without the support and organizing skills of people such as District Council 16 Business Manager Sid Stolper, D.C. 16 Assistant Business Manager Mike Layton, D.C. 16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio and International Piptrades Representative Jim Kellogg these type of events would not be possible.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND DEDICATION!!!


2011 Teamsters International and the John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet

Posted: September 10, 2011

The JOHNS event is held to honor an old friend, John S. Lyons, by recognizing today's Labor Leader of the Year and to raise money for cancer research and local charities. This year the Teamsters International Vice President, Randy Cammack, was given the prestigious award of Labor Leader of the Year. Randy has dedicated his life to Union leadership, beginning his career as a Teamster UPS driver in 1967 and now serving 1.4 million members as the Teamsters International Vice President. Congratulations and thank you Randy! Also recognized was Marti Emerald who was given the JOHNS Fellowship Award for her commitment to San Diego residents as the Chair of the Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee. Every year the JOHNS donate the proceeds of the dinner to local charities and this year's benefactors included the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. MESORFA would like to thank the JOHNS for their commitment to making Mesothelioma a disease of the past and as always will donate 100% of the donation to Mesothelioma Research.


2011 District Council 16 - Annual Golf Invitational

Posted: August 21, 2011
On July 25th, 2011 the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 held the 9th Annual Golf Invitational benefitting the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. The event saw a great turn out from the plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters unions who make up D.C. 16. We want to thank everyone who attended and those who had a hand in making the event such a success netting approximately $80,000 for mesothelioma research. Representing the Foundation at the event were Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, Medical Advisory Board Chairman Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

After a fantastic day of golf in sunny Southern California participants and organizers joined for dinner and to hear from Dr. Parkash Gill who is heading the research into mesothelioma treatments at the USC Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Gill spoke about the importance of the support and the role it plays in making progress on this terrible disease and highlighted the development of a new cancer fighting drug, B-4, as an example. With the help of the National Cancer Institute Dr. Gill hopes to have B-4 submitted to FDA Phase I clinical trials by January of 2012. Also speaking on behalf of MESORFA was Founding Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, who personally thanked all of those who had a hand in organizing the event and all of those who offered their support. The mic was then turned over to John Ferruccio who offered encouraging words on why we do this every year and began the awards presentation and the always popular raffle.

Without the support and organizing skills of people such as Jim Kellogg, Sid Stolper, John Ferruccio, Mike Layton and Committee members Jerry and Elizabeth Paul, Jack Ferrara and David Harper the event would not be possible. THANK YOU ALL!!!


2011 Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational

Posted: July 21, 2011

On June 6th, 2011 the “Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational” celebrated its 10 year anniversary in promoting a No Smoking atmosphere in the California State Building Trades while supporting a cure for mesothelioma. As usual the event was a huge success, netting over $80,000 for mesothelioma research!

As you may recall the event was established in 2002 through the hard work and dedication of then California Building Trades Vice President and International Representative of the Insulators Roger Hamilton, U.A. International Representative of the Pipetrades in California and Hawaii Jim Kellogg and California Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth, who came together to brainstorm ideas for a fundraiser. Roger was the first Chair of the Tobacco Free-Off Golf Tournament Committee and it was his idea to support research into a cure for mesothelioma while promoting less tobacco use in the building trades. Since Roger’s untimely passing his wife, Cindy Hamilton, has taken over as Chair of the Committee and has done a magnificent job in filling the venue with 144 golfers every year. She has dedicated many hours of hard work to the event, which has brought friends and supporters together in memoriam of Roger and helped lead the charge for a cure. To date the event has grossed over $1,100,000 for mesothelioma research. THANK YOU ROGER, CINDY, BOB AND JIM!

Participating on behalf of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America was Founding Board Member Jerry Neil Paul and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker. After a beautiful round of golf at the Napa Valley Country Club, both Jerry and Shane spoke about the importance of new treatments for mesothelioma and exciting news coming from the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition to the anti-angiogenesis drug VEGLIN, Medical Advisory Board Chairman, Dr. Parkash Gill, and his team have developed a new drug called B-4. B-4 has shown amazing results in lab studies and is set to be submitted to the FDA clinical trials program by January of 2012 with the help of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Gill and the Foundation are very excited about the developments and eager to begin treatment in mesothelioma patients.

Everyone at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of American would like to thank those who make this event possible and a success. A special thank you goes out to Chairwoman Cindy Hamilton, Honorary Co-Chairman Robert Balgenorth, Chair in Memoriam Roger Hamilton and Committee Members Jim Kellogg, Robert S. Arns, Debra Chaplan, Paul Doolittle, Mitch Johnson, Russ O’Brien, Jerry & Elizabeth Paul, Lynn Schorno and Steve Steele who work tirelessly towards making this event a success every year. We would also like to thank Michaela Balgenorth, Arlene Holm and those who sacrificed their day volunteering their time at the event. THANK YOU!


2011 Aim to Cure

Posted: June 22, 2011

The May 2011 “Aim to Cure” event hosted by Foundation Board Member and International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg was a great success, netting over $70,000 for mesothelioma research! The shooters and supporters of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America converged on the Birdslanding Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clay facility near Concord, California to raise awareness and donations for mesothelioma cancer research. Representing the Foundation were Board Members Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

After the event Jim Kellogg thanked everyone who attended and spoke about the importance of staying involved to continue raising awareness of mesothelioma research. Shane Rucker also spoke on behalf of the Foundation and talked about the advances being made and our hopes for the future. Under the leadership of Dr. Parkash Gill at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer center new cancer fighting drugs will soon be available. Dr. Gill, with the help of the National Cancer Institute, hopes to have the new drug B-4 submitted to the FDA for Phase I clinical trials by January of 2012. With the support of participants in events such as “Aim to Cure” advances in mesothelioma treatment options will be a reality.

As always, 100% of the money raised during the “Aim to Cure” events will go to mesothelioma cancer research. With these sizable donations we can be assured that Dr. Gill’s mesothelioma cancer research at USC/ Norris Comprehensive Medical Center will be moving in the right direction. Thank you to all who participated and Jim Kellogg for a fantastic event!


U.A. Local 342 Plumbers and Steamfitters

Posted: March 23, 2011

Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker was invited to the U.A. Local 342 Retirees Luncheon to speak about Veglin's success in FDA clinical trials and to meet a few of the Foundation's biggest supporters. U.A. Local 342 Pension Trustee/Asbestos Liaison Vern Gosney has been instrumental in his support for the Foundation and finding a cure for mesothelioma, participating in almost every fundraiser held since our inception.

U.A. Local 342 retirees luncheon to learn about Veglin success in FDA clinical trials.
From left to right: U.A. Local 342 Pension Trustee / Asbestos Liaison, Mr. Vern Gosney, MesoRFA Assistant Executive Director, Mr. Shane Rucker, and U.A. Local 342 Business Manager, Mr. Jay Williams.

During his visit, Shane Rucker, highlighted the importance of private donations and the upcoming fundraisers in 2011 to ensure Veglin makes it into Phase III of the FDA approval process. With the current economic situation and the decrease in the number of personal donations the upcoming events are crucial. Shane also spoke about the progress being made in developing new treatment options for mesothelioma and how Veglin is proving to be effective in prolonging a patient's life after being diagnosed with this terrible disease.

We would like to personally thank Vern Gosney, the Retirees, Business Manager Jay Williams and the Local 342 Officers for the opportunity to talk to the very people the Foundation may be called upon to help. It was an honor to meet and have lunch with all of you.


District Council 16 Cure Meso Clayshoot

Posted: October 11, 2010

Everyone at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation would like to congratulate and thank those at the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing another successful event to help find a cure for mesothelioma. This year's Cure Meso Clayshoot was held at the Moore N Moore Sporting Clays facility in San Fernando Valley, CA and was a huge success generating approximately $30,000 for mesothelioma research. Representing the Foundation were Founding Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker who had a great time at the event. As always, 100% of the money generated at the event will go directly to mesothelioma research to help find a cure for this terrible disease.

After a nice day in the California sun and enjoying the picturesque canyons of the Angeles National Forest the shooters gathered for a delicious lunch and to learn a little bit of where their generous donations were going. Speaking on behalf of D.C. 16 was Business Manager Sid Stolper who thanked everyone who came out to support the event and those who volunteer their time at MESORFA including Dr. Parkash Gill, Jerry N. Paul Elizabeth A. Paul and Shane Rucker. Speaking on behalf of the Foundation was Jerry N. Paul who also thanked everyone in attendance and those who had a hand in making the event such a success. He then introduced Dr. Parkash Gill who was there to spread the good news coming from the laboratory at USC Norris Cancer Center. Veglin is set to be introduced into Phase III FDA clinical trials and the second drug, Eph-B4, is scheduled to be in human trials beginning in February 2011. This is fantastic news and highlights the importance of donations and fundraising events in getting cancer fighting drugs into treatments centers around the world.

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year's events. Without the support and organizing skills of people such as DC 16 Business Manager Sid Stolper, DC 16 Assistant Business Manager Mike Layton, DC 16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio and International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg these types of events would not be possible.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND DEDICATION!!!


John S. Lyons 28th Annual Memorial Banquet

Posted: Sep 11, 2010

Each year a special gathering is made in remembrance of John S. Lyons. This year the 28th annual memorial banquet gathered to honor and acknowledge the Labor Leader of the Year, Community Service Award, and Johns Fellowship Award.

The John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet - JOHNS
The JOHNS

 

All proceeds from the Twenty-Eighth Annual John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet are for the benefit of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the San Diego Blood Bank. Members of The JOHNS extended special recognition to three individuals for their outstanding leadership and community service. Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer, SDIC Labor Council received the honor of Labor Leader Of The Year. Hugh Hazlewood received the honor of Johns Fellowship Award. Ben Hueso received the honor of Community Service Award.

 

The JOHNS for 2010 include:

Paul Alemon Lorena Gonzalez Jim Pribyl
Jaime Barton Marty Hunter Richard Prochazka
Brigette Browning Xema Jacobson Richard Scannell
Ben Bunn Gary Karnopp Al Shur
Jerry Butkiewicz Michelle Keith Shannon Silva
Cesar Cabrera Terry Kissane Johnny Simpson
Art Cantu Senator Ed Lawson Ed Smith
Steve Chadwick Tom Lemmon Arkie Spoon
Mac Colmenero Art Lujan Digger Stillwagen
Paul Colmenero Ken Lundgren Bill Stuckey
Carlos Cota Mike Magallanes Victor Torres
Kirk Crosswhite Bill Martin Doug Tracy
Phil Farias Ray Moreno Jaime Vasquez
Nico Ferraro Ken Msemaji Jim Westfall
Charley Fouquette Joe Powell Gordy Williams
Tim Galloway Wes Young

 

We extend special recognition and give our appreciation to the Banquet Committee who organized this year's annual memorial event.

The Banquet Committee for 2010 include:

Dave Butler,
Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk
Shelia Jackson,
San Diego Unified School District
Gloria Chadwick,
Grossmont Healthcare District
Mark Lewis,
City of El Cajon Mayor
John Chiang,
Controller
Sherri Lightner,
City of San Diego Councilwoman
Stephen Cushman,
San Diego Unified Port District
Bill Lockyer,
California State Treasurer
Denise Ducheny,
Senator
Dan McAllister,
Treasurer/Tax Collector
Bonnie Dumanis,
District Attorney
Jerry Rindone,
San Diego Board of Education
Marti Emerald,
City of San Diego Councilwoman
Mary Salas,
Assemblywoman
Bob Filner,
Congressman
William H Schwandt,
San Diego Community College District
Hillary Ginsberg,
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Catering Manager
John Witt,
San Diego County Board of Education
Peter Zschiesche,
San Diego Community College District

District Council 16 Golf Invitational

Introducing Veglin's Phase III FDA clinical trials

Posted: Jul 26, 2010

Everyone at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of American would like to thank and congratulate the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing another overwhelmingly successful event. The 8 th Annual Golf Invitational saw an amazing turn out of over 140 golfers all supporting the goal of finding a cure for Mesothelioma by generating approximately $100,000. As always, 100 % of the donation will go directly to Mesothelioma Research.

District Council 16 Organizer John Ferruccio, MesoRFA Board Members Jerry Neil Paul and Jim Kellogg, and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board Dr. Parkash Gill.
From left to right: District Council 16 Organizer John Ferruccio, MesoRFA Board Members Jerry Neil Paul and Jim Kellogg, and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board Dr. Parkash Gill.

Representing the Foundation was Board Member and Paul & Hanley Partner, Jerry Neil Paul, Board Member and International Pipetrades Representative, Jim Kellogg, Medical Director, Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker. After a great day of golf Dr. Gill emphasized the necessity of fundraisers in getting drugs through the FDA approval process and in the development of new cancer fighting drugs. With Veglin's introduction to Phase III FDA clinical trials in January of 2011 we will need all of the support we can get. With the support of District Council 16 and its members we can beat this cancer.

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year's event. Without the support and organizing skills of people such as Jim Kellogg, Sid Stolper, Mike Layton and John Ferruccio, and Committee members Jerry and Elizabeth Paul, Jack Ferrara and David Harper, this event and great turnout would not have been possible. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR DEDICATION!!!


2010 Annual Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational

A Mesothelioma Cancer-Cure Fund Raising Event

Posted: Jun 21, 2010

The 9th Annual “Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational” was held on June 21st , 2010 at the Napa Valley Country Club in Napa Valley , CA and once again saw an amazing turnout, generating over $80,000 for mesothelioma cancer research! As always, 100% of the event's proceeds will go to cancer research. Everyone at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America sends a warm THANK YOU to all our supporters, sponsors and committee members who made this event possible.

You may recall that the event was established through the dedication of U.A. International Representative of the Pipetrades in California and Hawaii Jim Kellogg, California Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth, and then California Building Trades Vice President Roger Hamilton, who came together in 2001 to brainstorm ideas for a fund raiser. It was Roger's idea to support research into a cure for Mesothelioma while promoting less tobacco use in the building trades. Although, Roger had been diagnosed with cancer several months before the first tournament, Roger was determined to make the first event in 2002 a success while having a great time out on the golf course. Cindy Hamilton has since been Chair of the Committee for the annual event and has done a magnificent job, dedicating many hours of hard work to bring friends and supporters together to lead the charge for a mesothelioma cancer cure.

This year's event was particularly special and included a very special guest, a mesothelioma survivor and patient of Dr. Parkash Gill. This gentleman's fight for survival began in 2008 when he was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma. With the help of friends he was put in touch with the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America and began Dr. Gill's Veglin treatment shortly after. Since then he has undergone over 30 rounds of Veglin treatments, shrinking his mesothelioma to a size that can be removed through surgery. He is now living cancer free. This story of survival and triumph over this terrible disease is truly inspiring and serves as a reminder to all of the supporters and sponsors where their donations are going. We applaud his determination to survive and his inspiring outlook on life to beat this cancer and have fun while doing it!

After a beautiful round of golf, supporters came together in the clubhouse for drinks and a delicious dinner. Bob Balgenorth and Cindy Hamilton spoke of the great support everyone has shown each year in helping fund progressive treatments and an eventual cure for mesothelioma cancer. They thanked everyone for their continued support and introduced Jerry and Elizabeth Paul who highlighted how everyone's involvement has ensured progress by introducing Dr. Gill's patient who had just finished a round of golf. This gentleman paid homage to Roger and Cindy Hamilton who he felt helped save his life by choosing to support mesothelioma cancer research. He then told all the supporters his story of survival and thanked everyone for their support of him and the Foundation.


2010 California State Pipe Trades Council Convention

Leaders discuss how to help Labor Union brothers and sisters

May 2010

Leaders gathered at the California State Pipe Trades Council 19th Annual Convention this year on May 8, 2010 at Monterey, California. Four individuals, who are a dream team power house in their collective circle of influence, met and they are working together to bring hope for a cure to Mesothelioma. This is their story.

James W. Kellogg and Jerry Neal Paul support California Building Trades Unions and mesothelioma cancer treatment.
Rod L. Cameron, Harry M. Rotz, Jerry Neil Paul, and James W. Kellogg.

Rod L. Cameron is the Executive Director of the California State Pipe Trades Council who represents thousands of plumbers and pipe fitters at Local Unions throughout the state of California. In 1969 he joined the United Association so he too could represent over 300,000 members in the United States who work in the plumbing and pipe fitting industry.

Over the years, Mr. Cameron has worked in partnership with environmental groups, consumer groups, and other organizations concerned with labor work conditions including the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. With the California State Pipe Trades Council he has fought to ensure health, safety and performance evaluation of potentially dangerous or substandard plumbing materials before they are approved for use in the California Plumbing Code making the building materials accessible to plumbers and pipe fitters.

Rod Cameron has led the California Pipe Trades Council in its successful advocacy for stringent testing and review of new plumbing materials and this mission has protected California families and workers from exposure to potentially dangerous piping and other buildings materials.

Harry M. Rotz is the Business Manager over the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Local 447, based in Sacramento, California. A quick google search of public records show that he has been very active in leading the union as least as far back as 1993 and his influence in Sacramento City Hall through the plumbers union he serves is indisputable. Mr. Rotz leads the purpose of the Local 447 in a very humble and low profile sort of way. The Sacramento Bee newspaper says: “Union business manager Harry Rotz is described in political circles as a Wizard of Oz, rarely showing his face but constantly making his presence known. He never does media interviews, doesn't like to wear name tags at events, and at Sacramento City Hall is known simply as "Harry."

Sacramento Municipal Utility Board member Nancy Bui describes Harry Rotz as a man who gets the job done, "He's totally the wizard behind the curtain."

"(Rotz) carries the lion's share on a lot of things," said Matt Kelly, Secretary Treasurer of the Sacramento-Sierra Building and Construction Trades Council. "And what Local 447 does benefits all the building trades and labor in general."

While Harry Rotz humbly stays unknown to outsiders, his work through the Local 447 sustaining its mission is very clear: promoting unionized workers and taking care of the 1,300 plumbers the union represents. This includes being a part of the team to bring progress for a cure to cancer found in plumbers, pipe fitters, and all other laborers within the building trades.

Jerry Neil Paul and James W. Kellogg have created and brought us the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America with its mission to fund research that will lead to the quickest cure for mesothelioma.

Rod, Harry, Jerry and James got together at the convention to discuss and brain storm ways they could best help the Pipe Trades brothers and sisters get more help from the Foundation and Dr. Parkash S. Gill, Oncologist. Ideas and plans were made to further the progress of research on the Veglin clinical trials to Phase III, and how to get University of California Davis involved in the clinical trials.


“Aim to Cure Mesothelioma Cancer ”

– Birdslanding , California

April 9, 2010

The “ Aim to Cure ” Mesothelioma clay-shoot, hosted by Foundation Board Member and International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg, was a great success bringing in approximately $75,000 for mesothelioma research. This year's event saw a larger turnout than previous years with 166 shooters and supporters of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America coming together at the Birdslanding Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clay Facility. Representing the Foundation at the event was Board Member Jim Kellogg, Medical Advisory Chairman Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

After a cease fire and a delicious lunch Jim Kellogg thanked everyone who attended and spoke about the importance of staying involved in the events and continuing to raise awareness. He then introduced Dr. Parkash Gill who informed everyone of the great news coming from the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Medical Center . Veglin will be introduced into the 3rd and FINAL Phase of the FDA Clinical Trial process. Also, new Mesothelioma fighting drugs, EPH-B4 and Delta, are showing amazing results. This is fantastic news and can be attributed to the support and contributions from the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America.

As always, 100% of the money raised during the event will go to Mesothelioma cancer research. With these sizable donations we can be assured that Dr. Gill's Mesothelioma cancer research at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Medical Center will be moving in the right direction. Thank you all who participated and made the event a success!


DC EVENTS 2009

A big thank you goes out to Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 who organized two events this summer to help raise funds for the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. The 7th annual Golf Invitational and the Cure Meso Clayshoot generated approximately $150,000 for mesothelioma research! In such difficult economic times, the success of these events and generosity of our supporters is truly overwhelming!

Representing the Foundation at both events were Board Member and Paul & Hanley Partner Jerry Neil Paul, Executive Director & Board Member Elizabeth Paul, Medical Director Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker. Speaking at both events, Dr. Gill emphasized the necessity of fundraising and the support of our donors and volunteers in making progress fighting this terrible disease. With their support we can beat this cancer.

Attendees at the 7th Annual Golf Invitational had a special treat and a reminder of exactly what we are all fighting for: testimony from a Mesothelioma survivor. After his doctors discovered his mesothelioma during a routine surgery, this patient was given a poor prognosis for survival. Never one to quit, he looked elsewhere for treatment and spoke with Dr. Gill about clinical trials and other mesothelioma treatment options. Now, a year and a half later, he is still being treated with a combination of Veglin and chemotherapy and has shown such progress that he is able to get back to work as a landscaper. What an inspiring story of willpower and triumph!

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year's event. Without the support and organizing skills of people such as Jim Kellogg, Sid Stolper, Mike Layton and John Ferruccio, and Committee members Jerry and Elizabeth Paul, Jack Ferrara and David Harper, these events would not have been possible. THANK YOU ALL!!!


John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet

September 2009

The 27 th Annual John S. Lyons Memorial Banquet was held on September 12, 2009 in San Diego , CA and raised $5,000 for mesothelioma research. Every year the JOHNS come together to honor an old friend, by recognizing today's Labor Leader of the Year, and to raise money for cancer and leukemia research with local charities. The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America is honored to be chosen as one of the benefactors of this year's event and in years past.

Executive Director and Founding Board Member Elizabeth Paul spoke at the event and gave encouraging news on the progress of new treatments and the cancer research the Foundation funds. She also reminded everyone that 100% of the donations received go toward finding better treatment options for those afflicted with mesothelioma and eventually a cure.

Everyone at the Foundation would like to thank President of the JOHNS and Business Manager of the San Diego Buildings Trades Council Tom Lemmon, Nico Ferraro, Kirk Crosswhite, Bill Stuckey, Art Lujan and the rest of the JOHNS for their commitment to making mesothelioma a disease of the past.


California Buildings Trades Council Clay shoot

August 27, 2009

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to thank California Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth and Chair of the Roger Hamilton Golf Committee Cindy Hamilton for organizing a clay shoot to benefit mesothelioma research. The California Buildings Trades Council clay shoot was a great success in generating $20,000 for mesothelioma research. Participating in the event on behalf of the Foundation were Board Members Jerry and Elizabeth Paul. International Pipetrades Representative, California Fish & Game Commissioner and Founding Board Member Jim Kellogg made sure all participates had a safe and fun experience.

After lunch and a great day of shooting Elizabeth Paul thanked all of the participants and spoke about the mesothelioma clinical trials taking place at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Center. Veglin is actively being used in conjunction with chemotherapy and is showing great promise in stopping tumor growth. Elizabeth also spoke about the development of the new mesothelioma fighting drug B-4, which we hope will be in FDA Phase I clinical trials soon.

The Foundation would like to thank all of the participants as well as Bob, Cindy and Jim for putting on a great event. We truly appreciate all of your great work and dedication to making mesothelioma a disease of the past!


Aim to Cure Sporting Clay Shoot

June 2009

The June 2009 “Aim to Cure” event hosted by Foundation Board Member and International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg were a great success bringing in $60,000 for mesothelioma research. The shooters and supporters of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America converged on the Birdslanding Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clay facility near Concord , California to raise awareness and donations for mesothelioma cancer research. Representing the Foundation were Board Members Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

After the events Jim Kellogg thanked everyone who attended and spoke about the importance of staying involved to continue raising awareness of mesothelioma research. By doing this we can ensure progress will be made and a cure will be found. Jerry Paul also thanked everyone on behalf of the Foundation and talked about the advancements being made and our hopes for the future. Two new drugs, B-4 and Delta, have been developed and our hopes are to have them in FDA Phase I clinical trials soon. With the support of participants in events such as “Aim to Cure” advances in mesothelioma treatment options will be a reality.

As always, 100% of the money raised during the “Aim to Cure” events will go to mesothelioma cancer research. With these sizable donations we can be assured that Dr. Gill's mesothelioma cancer research at USC/ Norris Comprehensive Medical Center will be moving in the right direction. Thank you to all who participated and made the shoots a success!


Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational

June 1, 2009

Once again the “Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational” was a monumental success. The 8 th annual golf invitational was held on June 1, 2009 at the pristine Napa Valley Country Club and generated $85,000 , all of which will be donated to the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. Representing the Foundation at the event were Board Member and Paul & Hanley Partner Jerry Neil Paul, Medical Director Dr. Parkash Gill and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

As many of you know the event was established through the brainstorming of U.A. International Representative of the Pipetrades in California and Hawaii Jim Kellogg, California Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth, and then California Building Trades Vice President and International Representative of the Insulators Roger Hamilton. After being diagnosed with cancer Roger felt the need to support research into a cure for mesothelioma while promoting less tobacco use in the building trades. Since Roger's untimely passing his wife, Cindy Hamilton, has taken over as Chair of the Committee and has done a magnificent job in filling the venue with 144 golfers every year. She has dedicated many hours of hard work to the event, which has brought friends and supporters together in memoriam of Roger and helped lead the charge for a cure. To date the event has generated well over $500,000 for mesothelioma research. THANK YOU ROGER AND CINDY HAMILTON!

After a great day out on the golf course Dr. Gill and Jerry Paul thanked everyone for their continued support and talked about the advances being made in mesothelioma research. Great results are being seen in patients who are being treated with a combination of Veglin and chemotherapy and there is also the development of new drugs such as B-4 and Delta. Dr. Gill mentioned one such patient who is currently cancer free and has been able to get back to work as a landscaper after being treated aggressively with Veglin and chemotherapy.

We want to thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this year's event a great success. Without the help of Cindy Hamilton, Bob Balgenorth, Robert Arns, Debra Chaplan, Paul Doolitle, Jim Kellogg, Russ O'Brien, Steve Steele and Jerry and Elizabeth Paul the event would not be possible. Your support ensures research into mesothelioma will continue and a cure will be found!


Student charity for Mesothelioma lung cancer research

Junior D. Fout shares about family and friends living with lung cancer

April 2009

Fund Raiser Coordinator Victoria Fout presents MESORFA Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker with the night's proceeds

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America was the proud beneficiary of a mesothelioma benefit dinner held at the Foothill Community Church in Angels Camp, CA. The evening was very special given the fact it was planned and hosted by high school student Victoria Fout whose father, Junior D. Fout, has been battling mesothelioma since January of 2007. The evening was kicked off with a delicious dinner and a silent auction to generate additional donations for MESORFA. Victoria Fout then presented the audience with facts on mesothelioma and highlighted the fact that mesothelioma is more than just a commercial you see on television. It is a cancer that we know little about and one in which there are very few treatment options available, underscoring the necessity of funding organizations such as MESORFA.

Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker attended the benefit on behalf of MESORFA and spoke about the advancements being made in mesothelioma research and the treatment options that are now available.  He thanked all of those in attendance since without the help of private donors mesothelioma research would not move forward and treatment options would remain limited. Victoria Fout then presented Shane Rucker and MESORFA with the night's proceeds, which totaled close to $5,000 and a fantastic result for a first time fund raiser!

The night concluded with Mr. Junior D. Fout giving a sincere and emotional speech highlighting the hardships that cancer brings on the family and friends of cancer patients. It is not just the patients who struggle with cancer. Also affected are those around the patient, known as the support group, who must watch their loved ones undergo long and difficult treatments.

MESORFA was honored to be apart of the event and wants to congratulate Victoria for putting on a great event!


Car Racing and Car Pictures

What do Labor Unions do for fun?

November 2008

Union Brothers Racing sponsored by Paul & Hanley LLP for MESORFA

Union Brothers Racing would like to thank the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America for their sponsor, Paul & Hanley LLP, supporting of union brothers on and off of the race track.

On the race track with support for the Union Brothers Racing team, we wouldn't be at the top of our class without your support.

THANKS from our entire racing team. Off the race track by seeking and securing donations for mesothelioma research that may one day help a union worker afflicted with the disease associated with asbestos and the construction trades.

On behalf of UA Local #442 we say THANK YOU.

Sincerely,
James Jackson
Union Brothers Racing
UA member of 24 years


March 29, 2008

Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf

Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren Rupf presented International Pipetrades Representative and Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America Board Member Jim Kellogg with a generous donation of $34,000 for mesothelioma research. This years' Contra Costa Sherriffs' Charity Ball was held at the Blackhawk Automobile Museum in Danville, CA and marked the 29th year of giving for the Contra Costa Sheriffs'. As always, 100% of the donation given to the MESORFA will go directly to the USC Comprehensive Cancer Center for Dr. Parkash Gill's mesothelioma research. This years' event was special for a couple of reasons. First and foremost this year included a 3rd beneficiary, the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial assistance to injured Marines and their families. During the festivities an American flag that was flown over Camp Fallujah in Iraq was auctioned off and generated an additional $10,000 for the Semper Fi Fund. This years' event also marked the second and final year that the MESORFA will be a beneficiary of the event. We wanted to extend our deepest thanks for keeping mesothelioma research in the public eye and providing the MESORFA with more than $90,000 in donations over the last 2 years. A special thank you goes to Sheriff Warren Rupf, Executive Assistant Maurine Wamosh, and International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg who made it all possible.


March 10, 2008

USC Keck School of Medicine's publication of Internal Medicine Ink featured MESORFA's Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Parkash Gill for his work on a new cancer-fighting drug EphB4. The article highlights the effectiveness of EphB4 on bladder, breast and colorectal cancer calling it “a major step forward in the management of human malignancies”. In addition to these cancers EphB4 has also been shown to be effective on patients diagnosed with mesothelioma and we hope to have it submitted to the FDA this year for Phase I clinical trials. Thank you Dr. Gill for your continued dedication to making mesothelioma and other cancers thing's of the past.

See the PDF article


Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America presented with a check for $110,000

December 2, 2007

California State Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth, Chair of the Committee for the Roger Hamilton Golf Invitational, Cindy Hamilton, and Business Manager of the Alameda Heat & Frost Insulators Local 16 Steve Steele presented the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America with a check for $110,000 on behalf of the California State Building Trades. There to receive the check on behalf of the Foundation were MESORFA Board Member and U.A. International Representative Jim Kellogg, MESORFA Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul, and MESORFA Board Member and Founding Partner of Paul & Hanley LLP, Jerry Paul. The generous contribution was the result of the enormously successful Roger Hamilton Golf Invitational and the Aim to Cure Clay Shoot fundraisers held in 2007. The fundraisers have generated much needed funding for the mesothelioma research being conducted under Dr. Parkash Gill's leadership at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. A special thanks goes out to all of those from the California Building Trades who helped organize and participate in the Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational and Aim to Cure Sporting Clay Shoot fundraisers.


United Association of the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16...
do it again for the consecutive 5th year!

November 6, 2007

Los Angeles, CA. - For the fifth year in a row the United Association of the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 presented a check to Dr. Parkash Gill to help support his mesothelioma cancer research. District Council 16 Business Manager Sid Stolper, U.A. International Representative Jim Kellogg, MRFA Executive Director Elizabeth Paul and MRFA Board Member Jerry Neil Paul presented the $100,000 check at a recent meeting held in Los Angeles. Dr. Gill and his team of researchers were overjoyed with the support and highlighted the advancements made in finding a cure for mesothelioma.

Most exciting is the identification and early development of two new drugs, EphB4 and AXL. EphB4 is an anti-angiogenesis drug that has shown great promise in laboratory studies and will be submitted for FDA Phase I clinical trials in May of 2008. EphB4 is made up of two active proteins that block blood flow to cancerous tumors preventing the tumors from growing to an uncontrollable size. A lab in San Diego, CA is now mass-producing the proteins needed to make the drug available to mesothelioma patients. The Foundation and its team of researchers have very high hopes for EphB4. The second drug AXL is a very recent discovery by researchers at the USC/Norris Cancer Center and has proved to attack the proteins outside of the tumor cells in preliminary studies. We are encouraged by these recent developments and hope to have more information on their progress in our next newsletter.

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America appreciates all the hard work and tireless efforts put in by the fundraisers this year. Without their dedication and support, research would not be able to progress as much as it has. Thank you!


Veglin Trial Openings

November 2007

Dr. Gill recently announced that there are openings for forty-five more patients in his clinical trials. There are fifteen spots for patients previously treated with chemotherapy and thirty for newly diagnosed patients. For these newly diagnosed patients, Veglin can be used as a first line treatment in combination with standard treatments like chemotherapy. Dr. Gill also announced that he is in negotiations to expand his trials to other facilities both in California and across the country.


GREAT NEWS!!
Committee Unanimously Passes Bill To Ban Asbestos: Legislation Sent To Full Senate

August 2, 2007

Washington, D.C.-A bill seeking to ban all production and use of asbestos in the United States and to promote further investigation into disease resulting from exposure, as well as methods to measure and analyze the mineral, was placed on the Senate calendar after unanimous passage in committee. The Committee on Environmental and Public Works passed S.742, the Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007, on August 2. The bill, which was introduced in March by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., received unanimous support from her colleagues. The bill requires the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to conduct a study investigating the science of asbestos disease, methods for measuring and analyzing asbestos and labeling practices for asbestos.


Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16
Annual Golf Invitational

July 30, 2007

For the fifth year in a row the United Association of the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 hosted a superb event benefiting mesothelioma cancer research. The golf invitational was held at the beautiful Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia, CA with over a 150 people attending. Representing the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America out on the course was Board Member and Paul Hanley & Harley Partner Jerry Neil Paul, Board Member and U.A. International Representative Jim Kellogg, and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker. The event was a huge success generating over $65,000 for mesothelioma cancer research.

After a great day out on the course the golfers and supporters came together with raffle tickets in hand for a bite to eat and a chance to win great prizes. The festivities also included an impromptu birthday celebration for Director of Organizing Charlie Hazard. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLIE! Speakers Jerry and Elizabeth Paul thanked everyone in attendance and expressed how grateful the Foundation is for being associated with such a supportive group of people. International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg and District Council 16 Business Manager Sid Stolper also spoke. They thanked everyone in attendance, Dr. Gill, and the Foundation for its work in helping their brothers in the U.A. Locals. Dr. Gill then spoke about the progress being made as a result of the donation money received, such as the development of a new drug that will be in Phase I of FDA approval next year.

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who attended. Tournament Directors Jim Kellogg, Sid Stolper, and John Ferruccio worked tirelessly to make the event possible and were helped by Committee members Jerry and Elizabeth Paul, Jack Ferrara and David Harper. Thank you all!!

See the PDF poster


Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational

June 4th, 2007

Once again the "Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational" was a huge success, taking in over $120,000 for mesothelioma research! The event, held on June 4th, 2007 at the pristine Napa Valley Country Club, was the 6th annual golf invitational designed to promote a No Smoking atmosphere in the California State Building Trades. The event was established through the hard work and dedication of U.A. International Representative of the Pipetrades in California and Hawaii Jim Kellogg, California Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth, and then California Building Trades Vice President Roger Hamilton, who came together in 2001 to brainstorm ideas for a fundraiser. Roger was the first Chair of the Tobacco Free-Off Golf Tournament Committee and it was his idea to support research into a cure for Mesothelioma while promoting less tobacco use in the building trades. Although, Roger had been diagnosed with cancer several months before the first tournament, Roger was determined to make the first event in 2002 a success while having a great time out on the course. To accomplish this goal he called over a hundred people to participate. Cindy Hamilton has since been Chair of the Committee for the annual event and has done a magnificent job, dedicating many hours of hard work to the event to bring friends and supporters together to lead the charge for a cancer cure.

After a beautiful round of golf Bob Balgenorth, Jim Kellogg, Cindy Hamilton, and Debra Chaplan all spoke of the great support everyone has shown each year for funding progressive treatments and an eventual a cure for mesothelioma thru The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. Jim Kellogg announced that the California State Assembly and Senate had passed a" Cure Mesothelioma Cancer Week" as an annual awareness week beginning in the first week of June, the first in California history! Dr. Parkash Gill, Board Certified Oncologist and Hematologist at USC/ Norris Comprehensive Cancer Hospital in Los Angeles, then spoke of his progress with Veglin and B4 in FDA Phase II trials. Elizabeth Paul, Executive Director, thanked everyone for their support and highlighted how it has not only ensured progress will be moving forward on mesothelioma but that it provided Dr. Gill with the funding needed to be the first to use an Anti-Angio Genesis treatment for mesothelioma patients at USC/Norris. Jerry Paul then spoke of how Dr. Gill's work has spawned other clinical trials around the country, which are now using drugs similar to Veglin for meso patients.

The Committe Members included: Roger Hamilton, Chair in Memoriam, Bob Balgenorth as Honorary Co-Chair, Attorney and Distinguished Course Sponsor Robert Arns, Mesothelioma Research Foundation Board Member and Partner at Paul, Hanley & Harley Jerry Neil Paul, Board Member and Executive Director of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation Elizabeth Ann Paul. From the California Building & Trades Council Debra Chaplan, Mike Cooper, Paul Doolittle, U.A. International Representative Jim Kellogg, Russ O'Brien, Executive Director of the California State Pipe Trades Ted Reed, and Business Manager of the Alameda Heat & Frost Insulators Local 16 Steve Steele. Steve always a loyal and good friend to the Hamilton's, as well as having a heartfelt desire to help his members find a cure for mesothelioma, was a very active Committee Member and host at the event. Thanks to all the State Building and Construction Trades Council staff for their efforts to plan this event and carry it out so successfully for the last six years.

 

Golfing together at the 2007 Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational from left to right is Paul, Hanley & Harley attorney Rohit Kodical, Regional Director of the California State Building Trades Eddie Barnes, Mesothelioma Research Foundation Board Member and Partner of Paul, Hanley & Harley Jerry Neil Paul, and Mesothelioma Research Foundation Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker.

 


Aim to Cure

Southern California's "Aim to Cure Sporting Clay Shoot" April 23, 2007

The event was organized by our very own Jim Kellogg, Foundation Board Member, U. A. International Representative of California and Hawaii, Vice-President of the California Building Trades and also California Fish and Game Commissioner. The event was planned and promoted by Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 under the strong and heartfelt leadership of Southern California Pipetrades Business Manager and U.A. Executive Vice President Sid Stolper. The event was held at The Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, California and brought 150 folks together who graciously support finding a cure for mesothelioma and enjoy a good time together. Representing the Foundation at the shoot was Dr. Parkash Gill, Board Member Jim Kellogg, Board Member and Partner of Paul, Hanley & Harley LLP Jerry Neil Paul, and Assistant Executive Director, and sharpshooter, Shane Rucker. Also in attendance was the President of the California Building Trades Bob Balgenorth, U.A. Assistant President and #2 man of the entire Pipetrades Steve Kelley, U.A. San Diego Local 230 Business Manager Nico Ferraro, U.A. Colton Local 364 Business Manager Richard Edwards and Business Agent Frank Trainor, U.A. Pomona Local 398 Business Manager Ray Levangie, U.A. Bakersfield Local 460 Business Manager Tom O'Mahoney and Business Agent Henry Avila, Special Representative of California Bob Lamb, and District Council 16's Charlie Hazard and John Ferruccio. California Pipetrades President Ted Reed, whose office graciously helped as liaison for the Northern California Shoot, was also there to support the Foundation. There were many others not named and we apologize for not mentioning them here but we appreciate your support of funding research to cure mesothelioma. Special thanks to John Ferruccio and Charlie Hazard of District Council 16 for their diligent footwork that made this event a success and to Darla Pratt, Grace Fortunato and Shane Rucker for co-coordinating with John and Charlie. Also thank you to Chris Frigard, and her assistant Debbie, for their part in hosting this great event.

Northern California's "Aim to Cure Sporting Clay Shoot" June 1, 2007.

As with the Southern California "Aim to Cure" event Jim Kellogg, Foundation Board Member, Vice-President of the California Building Trades, International Representative, and California Fish & Game Commissioner was instrumental in making the shoot a success. The shooters came together at the Birdslanding Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clay facility near Concord, California to raise donations for mesothelioma cancer research. Representing the Foundation were Board Members Jim Kellogg and Jerry Paul, Dr. Parkash Gill, and Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker. The usual cast of shooters included President of the California Building Trades Bob Balgenorth, California Pipetrades President Ted Reed, whose office graciously helped as a liaison for the event, U.A. Concord Local 342 Business Agent Steve Mikich, U.A. Fresno Local 246 Business Manager Bob Jennings, U.A. Concord Local 342 member Ken Pastega, U.A. Vallejo Local 343 Business Manager Rod Cameron, retired California Pipetrades President Joe Winstead, U.A. Yuba City Local 228 Business Manager Robert Carr, U.A. Modesto Local 442 Business Manager Bill Taylor, Chris Frigard and Robert Nunn, District Council 16 Business Manager and Executive Vice President Sid Stolper, Bill Haley from U.A. Sacramento Local 447, retired Business Manager of U.A. Martinez Local 159 and sharpshooter Kelly Anschultz, Special Representative of California Bob Lamb, OPIEU Local 277 Chief Steward of the Western United States Mark S. Gagliardi, and the Director of Organizing for District Council 16 and outstanding marksmen Charlie Hazard. There were many, many more who contributed and we apologize for running out of space for recognition.

Together the Southern and Northern California "Aim to Cure" fundraisers generated over $100,000 for the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. 100% of it will go to mesothelioma cancer research with any administrative costs paid for by Jerry & Elizabeth Paul. With these sizable donations we can be assured that Dr. Gill's mesothelioma cancer research at USC/ Norris Comprehensive Medical Center will be moving in the right direction.

Thank you to all who participated and made the shoots a success.


28th Annual Sheriff's Charity Ball Raises
Over $60,000 !

March 31, 2007

Sheriff Rupf and the Sheriffs department of Contra Costa County in Northern California had a benefit Saturday, March 31st that included the Mesothelioma Research Foundation as its top benefactor this year, contributing more than $60,000. As always 100% of the money raised will be donated to mesothelioma cancer research.

The BlackHawk Car Museum near Walnut Creek was the setting of this hugely successful dinner/dancing event with the most extensive car collection in California all around the guests. Supporting this event as a Gold Sponsor was U.A. Pipefitters Local 342 under the leadership of Business Manager Jay Williams. Jay provided for 342 Business Agents Mike Hernandez, Steve Mikich and George Kykes to come and support the event along with 342 retired Business Manager Larry Blevins and Executive Board member Mike Mikich. Also supporting the event as a gold sponsor was the law firm of Paul, Hanley and Harley. A special thanks to Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker who along with Stefanie Franklin, donated their time helping to register and direct the over 300 guests.

Founding Board Members, Jerry Neil Paul and James W. Kellogg, were very honored and proud to be presented with the check for the foundation from Sheriff Rupf.

We want to offer our sincere thanks to the brave men and women of the Sheriffs department for their wonderful contribution.


Remembering John Hall:

On February 19th, 2007 Founding Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker and Volunteers of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America presented and supported (on behalf of the Paul, Hanley & Harley law firm) a Southern California golf event at the Alta Vista Placentia golf course, providing ALL donations to Katrina - the young daughter of the highly respected, recently deceased Business Manager, John Hall.

John had many many friends who treasured his many accomplishments helping his fellow Union Brothers, the Masons, and Big Brothers to mention but a few. The event was conducted by the Plumbers Local 78 and the District Council 16 Southern California Pipefitters. Present among many were 78 Business Manager Gary Cook - Southern California Pipetrades Business Manager and U.A. Regional Vice President Sid Stolper; and Local Business Manager of San Diego Nico Ferraro who spoke of John Hall to all 144 golfers. Also present and golfing with Jerry and Shane were retired Steamfitters Local 494 retired Business Manager Red Kirkconnell, and 494 President, and Bob Mitchell. Pipefitters Business Manager. George Vasquez was also there along with his Business Agent, Terry Martin greeting guests. While it is impossible to list everyone, among the many friends of John and daughter Katrina attending the event were: John Ferruccio, Charlie Hazard - Bus.Mgr.398, Ray Levangie - Bus.Mgr. 582, Glen Nolte, Bus. Agent Bob Modica, U.A. Special Representative Bob Lamb and local 250 Bus. Agent Joe Scavo.


Asbestos Awareness Week

April 1, 2007 through April 7, 2007

The United States Senate unanimously passed S. Res. 108 declaring the week of April 1 - 7 as National Asbestos Awareness Week and urged the Surgeon General to warn and educate Americans that asbestos exposure may be hazardous to their health. We applaud the Senate for their leadership and commitment to asbestos awareness, education and prevention.

Read the entire text here:

AAD_Resolution_2007.pdf

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