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California Building Trades Union News

The Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America and its board members have a long history of sharing concerns for labor unions that help get the best workplace and working conditions for union members.

Jerry Neil Paul's affiliation with union workers and interest in helping the labor union members started when he was a card paying Teamster member, loading and unloading boxes for United Parcel Service. Since 1986, Jerry has assisted union members having asbestosis health issues. There is a hope to cancer asbestos mesothelioma treatment found in EPH-B4 and Veglin. And these mesothelioma treatment options have been brought by Jerry to Pipefitters labor unions throughout California totaling more than 30,000 members. Labour unions for Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Plasterers, Iron Workers, Electricians, Asbestos Workers, Machinists and Brake Workers all now can benefit from these new mesothelioma treatments. Some of these treatments are coming up for research clinical trials (list of clinical trials).

James W. Kellogg and Jerry Neal Paul support California Building Trades Unions and mesothelioma cancer treatment.
James W. Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul bring support and hope to the California Building Trades Union members and patients needing mesothelioma cancer treatment.

 

 

The Foundation has learned much about how to bring mesothelioma treatments to labor unions from the expertise of James W. Kellogg whose workers union career began in 1966. Jim has worked hard and dedicated his life to union members in order to obtain the best working conditions and environment that the particular times would provide for the people he represents. Union members have received some of the best labor union news and labor union news articles through the work effort of Jim Kellogg including mesothelioma cancer treatment. He continues to be a strong supporter of education and promotes mesothelioma help to union workers.


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Posted: January 29, 2017

Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16
2017 Holiday Luncheon

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators
(Left to Right) Foundation Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker, DC 16 Organizer John Ferruccio, Foundation Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board Dr. Parkash Gill and DC 16 Business Manager Mike Layton together one last time for 2016 ! We look forward to seeing you all in 2017.

 

 

On December 6, 2016, the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16 held their annual holiday luncheon at The Reef restaurant in Long Beach. With DC16 Business Manager, Mike Layton, at the helm and Director of Organizing, John Ferruccio, running the show, the 14th Annual Alta Vista Golf Tournament and the Aim to Cure Moore & Moore Clay Shooting Events were once again smashing successes! Business managers, representatives and contractors were in attendance for the presentation of proceeds from all DC16 events held on behalf of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America.

The Foundation's Executive Director, Elizabeth Ann Paul, Board Member Jerry Neil Paul and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker were on hand to watch John Ferruccio present Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Parkash Gill, the generous donation of $200,000.00!

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators
John Ferruccio presents Dr. Parkash Gill with the proceeds from this year's events! 2016 was a great year of fundraising and we applaud DC 16's continued efforts in making mesothelioma a disease of the past!

 

During the presentation, Mrs. Paul first spoke about the importance of the DC16 fundraising efforts to fund research on Eph-B4, the latest estimations for bringing a drug from conception to market, and the challenges of being an orphan cancer. Dr. Parkash Gill then highlighted the current development of Eph-B4 at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the great hope it has given to patients actively participating in the clinical trials. Our hope is that one day Eph-B4 will be a standard treatment for those diagnosed with mesothelioma. We are so proud of the progress Dr. Gill has made and hope for continued success in the lab translating to successful patient outcomes.

Thank you Mike Layton and John Ferruccio, and the DC16 staff for all of your hard work and dedication to this cause that effects so many in the trade. They continue year after year to make these events both successful and fun while raising a significant amount of money! Thank you all!


Posted: January 24, 2017

International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators and
Allied Workers Local 16 Retirees Luncheon

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators
Local 16 Insulators Business Manager, Mel Breshers, the Foundation's Executive Director, Elizabeth Ann Paul and Foundation's Founding Board Member Jerry Neil Paul. We express great thanks and gratitude to Mel and the Local 16 staff for their dedication and efforts in bringing back the Roger Hamilton Golf Invitational !

 

 

On December 2, 2016, Local 16 Heat and Frost Insulators Retirees held their annual holiday luncheon at Zio Fraedo's. Friends gathered, toys in hand, to donate and support the United States Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. The luncheon was hosted by Local 16 Business Manager Mel Breshears, along with Retirees President Alan Pierce. Members of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America were invited to attend this Christmas event.

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators
The Foundation's Jerry and Elizabeth Paul with Local 16 Insulators Retirees President Alan Pierce. The Foundation proclaims its thankfulness to Alan for volunteering his time and camera during the Hamilton golf event. We look forward to 2017 and our continued partnership with the Local 16 Retirees.

 

 

 

Mel Breshears and Local 16 President Bill Hodges spoke about the great teamwork witnessed during the planning of this year's Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Tournament, which resulted in both an excellent turnout and result.

 

 

 

 

 

The Foundation's Executive Director, Elizabeth Ann Paul and Founding Board Member Jerry Neil Paul spoke on the advancements of current research and the difficulty of funding orphan cancers. Mel Breshears presented the Foundation's Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Parkash Gill, with the proceeds from the event, approximately $73,000.00!

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators
Local 16 Business Manager, Mel Breshears, highlights the great turnout of both golfers and volunteers at the 2016 Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Tournament. Their combined efforts resulted in netting $73,000 for mesothelioma cancer cure research.

 

 

 

Dr. Gill then highlighted the development of Eph-B4 and the promise it has shown in studies. With the continued development and results seen in mesothelioma patients, Eph-B4 is moving forward in its march to becoming a first line treatment for mesothelioma.

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators
Mel Breshears presents the Foundation's Chairman of Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Parkash Gill, with a check for $73,000 ! A fantastic result, which will help continue the research and development of new mesothelioma treatment options at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big "THANK YOU" to Mel Breshears, Doug Gamble, Local 16 Officers and Staff, The Roger Hamilton Golf Tournament committee members, and Alan Pierce for the opportunity to attend the luncheon and for all their dedication towards making mesothelioma a disease of the past.

 

 

 



Posted: October 17, 2016

2016 District Council 16 Aim to Cure Mesothelioma Clayshoot

MesoRFA and Aim to Cure Mesothelioma Clayshoot
Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee Dr. Parkash Gill, and Board Member Jerry Neil Paul enjoying each other's company.

We at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to congratulate everyone at the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing another amazing event! Business Manager Mike Layton and Director of Organizing John Ferruccio did an outstanding job of making this a successful and fun event. Once again, we returned to the Moore-N-Moore Sporting Clays facility in the San Fernando Valley, CA, which witnessed a great turnout, generating approximately $32,000 for mesothelioma research!

District Council 16 has done a fantastic job in organizing and hosting the event year after year and we cannot thank them enough! Participating in the event on behalf of the Foundation were Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker and Attorney Rhett Francisco, who all had a great time at the event. As always, 100% of the net proceeds of the event will go directly to mesothelioma research!

MesoRFA and Aim to Cure Mesothelioma Clayshoot
DC 16 Director of Organizing and Event speaker John Ferruccio. John has done a fantastic job organizing these events and we cannot thank him enough!

Mike Layton held a tailgate meeting, passing along the event rules and safety standards for shooters. We all then spent a relaxing day walking the picturesque canyons of the Angeles National Forest, taking their chances at breaking sporting clays, before gathering for a delicious lunch.

Supporters then heard where their generous charitable donations would be used and how they are helping to find better treatment options and hopefully an eventual cure. Event organizer and speaker, DC16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio, began by thanking those who come out to support the events, as well as those who volunteer their time.

Elizabeth and Jerry Paul spoke on behalf of the Foundation, thanking sponsors who continue to support the cause and have been instrumental in not only the success of the events but in the development of new treatments as well. Without the sponsors, DC16 and the volunteers, we would not have such amazing events, and we thank you all!

MESORFA Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee Dr. Parkash Gill then spoke about the research and development of clinical trials for Eph-B4. Eph-B4 is showing amazing promise and continued to move forward in its march to becoming a first line treatment for mesothelioma!

MesoRFA and Aim to Cure Mesothelioma Clayshoot
PIPE Assistant Executive Director, Jaime Valdivia
and DC 16 Administrative Assistant, Doug Wilson.

The Foundation would like to personally thank all of those who organized and supported this year's event. With the support and organizing skills of great people such as DC16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio, DC 16 Business Manager Mike Layton, Retired DC16 Business Manager Sid Stolper and Retired International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg, this event and the great turnout continues to be possible.

These fine individuals and their helpers ]have all done a fantastic job, year in and year out, and we cannot be more proud of working with these great people.

MesoRFA and Aim to Cure Mesothelioma Clayshoot
Retired DC 16 Pipetrades Business Manager Sid Stolper

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR DEDICATION!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted: September 9, 2016

2016 District Council 16 Golf Invitational

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul and Board Member Jerry Neil Paul speak to the supporters of the event, letting them know where their hard earned donations are going and how they help.

Everyone at the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America would like to congratulate the Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 for organizing an amazing event! The 14th Annual Golf Invitational, held July 18th, witnessed a huge turnout of over a 140 golfers, who came together to support the cause while generating approximately $105,000 for mesothelioma research! As always, 100 % of the donations received will go directly toward research into clinical trials and treatment options for mesothelioma patients. District Council 16 has done an amazing job with this event year after year and we cannot thank them enough for the years of support and dedication. THANK YOU!

 

 

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
Southern California Pipetrades District Council 16 Organizer and Event Chairman John Ferruccio has done an amazing job planning this event year after year. We cannot thank John enough for everything he has done!

Participating in the event on behalf of the Foundation was Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul, Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Parkash Gill, and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker. After a great day of golf, Jerry and Elizabeth Paul spoke together, first thanking everyone for supporting the event year after year, and then highlighting the developments made at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Gill then spoke of the successful treatment of mesothelioma patients with EPH-B4 and the recognition it is receiving amongst his peers and pharmaceutical companies. These accomplishments would not have been possible without events such as the DC16 Golf Invitational and the dedication of its supporters.

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
Foundation Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Parkash Gill and John Ferruccio have done so much in the quest to develop new treatment options for mesothelioma patients. We cannot thank them enough for the dedication to this worthy cause!

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 Tournament Director and DC16 Director of Organizing John Ferruccio, Committee Member and DC 16 Business Manager Mike Layton, UA Local 398 Business Manager, Ray LeVangie, UA Local 484 Business Manager Rodney Cobos, Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul, Board Member Jerry Neil Paul, and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker this event and great turnout would not be possible. They have all done a fantastic job, year in and year out, and we cannot be more proud of working with these great people. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR DEDICATION!!!

 

 

 


Posted: August 25, 2016

2016 AIM to CURE hosted by Jim Kellogg

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
Participating in this year's Aim to Cure Event on behalf of the Foundation were Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul (left) and Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker (right). Jerry and Shane are pictured here together while meeting and greeting this year's participants.

The June 2016 “Aim to Cure” event hosted by Foundation Board Member and Retired International Pipetrades Representative Jim Kellogg saw another great turnout of over 100 supporters. The event netted over $51,000 for mesothelioma research, 100% of which will be used in the research and development of new mesothelioma treatment options! 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.

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
(Left to Right) Foundation Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker and Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, were paired together with UA Local 343 Plumbers, Paul Shultz and John Hernandez. The team had a great time shooting sporting clays while supporting the great cause!

After a great day of strolling through the Birdslanding Sporting Clay facility, where supporters took their chance at breaking 100 sporting clays, Jim Kellogg thanked everyone who attended, as well as all of the sponsors who have a hand in making this event such a success year after year. Founding Board Member, Jerry Neil Paul, then spoke on behalf of the Foundation, providing a history of the Foundation and the advances being made by Dr. Parkash Gill at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He noted the development of mesothelioma treatments, such as EphB-4, currently being administered to mesothelioma patients and a pharmaceutical company currently providing support, as being milestones we can all be proud of. With the support of participants and continued support from our event sponsors, advances in the development of mesothelioma treatment options are becoming a reality.

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
Local 16 Heat & Frost Insulators Geoff Millar (left), Mark Plubel (second from right) and Mel Brashear (far right) join Shane Rucker and Jerry Neil Paul while they share a laugh and a quick picture before hitting the course.

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
Foundation Board Member and Event Planner, Jim Kellogg speaks to the event's sponsors and participants while running the always popular raffle. We cannot thank Jim enough for everything he has done to organize this event on behalf of the Foundation! THANK YOU JIM!

Everyone at the Foundation would like to thank the event sponsors, volunteers, participants for supporting this great event. We would also like to acknowledge and thank Jim Kellogg for all of his hard work and dedication in making the Aim to Cure event a success year after year! THANK YOU JIM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted: August 1, 2016

2016 Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
The 14th Annual event for the Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational, was held this year at the pristine Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, California. The event was for the benefit of research into treatments for mesothelioma cancer.

We are happy to announce the return of the Roger Hamilton Memorial Golf Invitational!  We were overjoyed to hear from International Vice President of the Heat & Frost Insulators, Doug Gamble, and the Business Manager of Local 16 Heat & Frost Insulators, Mel Breshears, who decided to bring back the event that had become a staple of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America. The event was held on June 6, 2016 at the always pristine Napa Valley Country Club in Napa Valley, CA. Doug and Mel organized a great event that witnessed a large turnout and generated approximately $60,000 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, committee members and volunteers who made this event possible.

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
We cannot thank enough, Vice President of the Heat & Frost Insulators, Doug Gamble (far left) and Business Manager of Local 16 Heat & Frost Insulators, Mel Breshears (far right) for working hard to bring back this great event! Doug and Mel did an amazing job in planning such a successful event, and we thank you!

You may recall that the event was established in 2002 by U.A. International Representative of the Pipetrades Jim Kellogg, California Building Trades President Bob Balgenorth, and then California Building Trades Vice President Roger Hamilton, who was also a past Business Manager of the Heat & Frost Insulators. It was Roger’s idea to support research into a cure for mesothelioma. Although, Roger had been diagnosed with cancer several months before the first tournament, Roger was determined to make the first event a success while having a great time out on the course. After Rogers passing, Cindy Hamilton had taken over as chairwoman and together with the California State Building Trades Council, grew the event into what it is today. She has done a magnificent job, dedicating many hours of hard work to bring friends and supporters together, and will continue to be an integral part of the event.

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Ann Paul (center) had a great time with all of the volunteers from Local 16 Heat & Frost Insulators who all had a hand in making the event such a success.

After a great round of golf and the always popular putting contest that saw both official and unofficial single putts by Doug Gamble and Elizabeth Paul, supporters came together in the clubhouse for drinks and a delicious dinner. Doug Gamble and Mel Breshears kicked off the event speaking together, thanking sponsors for their continued support and the great support that was received during the planning of the event. They turned the mic over to Elizabeth Paul and Dr. Parkash Gill who informed sponsors of the history of the Foundation while highlighting how the support has helped in the development of progressive treatments for mesothelioma. They thanked sponsors for their continued support, Local 16 Heat & Frost Insulators for taking over the reins of the event and all of the Local 16 staff and family volunteers who turned out to help make the event a success.

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
Golfing on behalf of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America (left to right) were Assistant Executive Director Shane Rucker, and Founding Board Members Jerry Neil Paul and Jim Kellogg.

We would like to thank everyone who had a hand in making this year’s event a great success! Without Committee Chairman, Doug Gamble, Co-chair Mel Breshears, Stan Danielson, Bill Hodges, Mark Plubell, Ben Espinoza, Jerry and Elizabeth Paul, Chris Greaney, Fortino Curiel, Geoff Millar, Shane Rucker and all of the volunteers form Local 16 who came out to help, this event would not be possible. We truly appreciate your dedication, and efforts that went above and beyond. Your support ensures research into mesothelioma will continue and a cure will be found!

MesoRFA and Roger Hamilton event
Local 16 Heat & Frost Insulators team included event committee members, Chris Greaney, Mark Plubell and Bill Hodges who worked tirelessly in the planning and preparation of the event and did a fantastic job!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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