Changing the face of cancer
Those who offer their time and
resources to Lazarex never cease to amaze and impress me. Our volunteers
contributed more than 7,600 hours last year, with an official value of
approximately $320,000. And while financial contributions are crucial, the time
people offer greatly warms my heart. A special thank you goes out to all of our
One of the major challenges we
face is raising the profile of Lazarex and the bridge to hope that we build for
our patients. Since our last newsletter, we were successful in convincing Insights with Hugh Downs to produce two
segments on Lazarex. The final product is not yet available, but I believe we
successfully communicated the value and urgency of our work. Please look for us
on CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, TLC, Family Net and Discovery in the coming months.
Our VIP (Very Important
Patient) this month is Brittany Hess. Brittany is battling alveolar soft part sarcoma and with
help from Lazarex she is able to continue to participate in a promising
clinical trial. We think you will be inspired by Brittany's story.
Unfortunately, bad news
sometimes creeps into the picture when dealing with cancer. Some of you may
remember Scott Zenaro, our VIP in the January newsletter. Scott passed away in
February after a six year battle with Ewing's
Sarcoma. Lazarex is proud of its association with Scott and his family and
takes pride in its role in giving Scott nearly three years of life after
conventional medicine told him it could do nothing more.
Please help us spread hope for patients like
Scott and Brittany
by forwarding this email to friends who
you think would be interested in Lazarex Cancer Foundation.
If you're interested in
supporting Lazarex with a financial donation or if you have a fundraising idea
beyond those featured on this newsletter or on our website, send Susan an email.
Won't you join us in building a
bridge to hope for end stage cancer patients and their families?
President, Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Donate to Lazarex and Have Fun!
"Hope Starts Here" Fundraising Dinner & Golf Tournament
with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association
Cancer Foundation and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association
"Team Up" for a Celebrity Dinner and Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit Lazarex
Cancer Foundation to help build a bridge to hope, dignity and life for cancer
patients and their families by providing financial assistance to defray the
costs associated with patient participation in FDA clinical trials.
Additionally, we help patients navigate their clinical trial options and
provide community education and outreach services.
The dinner will be held Sunday evening, May 16, beginning with a
Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m. There will be opportunities
for autographs and photographs with MLB Alumni during the reception. The dinner
and program begin at 7:00 p.m.; with a live auction and live music for dancing
getting underway at about 8:30 p.m. Prizes will include authentic autographed
baseball memorabilia and more.
The golf tournament will take place on Monday, May 17. Each
foursome will include a former major league baseball player. The golf tournament is almost full; we
expect it to sell out. There are still seats available for the dinner. Please
consider attending and bring along a few friends to help keep the flame of hope
alive. Cancer touches everyone in some way. People who hear about our mission
resonate with our cause and this equates to a critical increase in donations.
Deadline for registration is April 30. Tickets for the Celebrity
Reception and dinner are $180 per person and entry in the golf tournament is
$250 per player.
For more information, please contact our Tournament Staff:
Cherie McCammon - LPGA
Tournament Susan Sappington -Director of Development
Mc2Golf Pro, Inc Lazarex Cancer Foundation
960 Grant Street, Ste A Benicia, CA 94510 P.O. Box 741, Danville, CA 94526
510-599-2714 510-757-5034 email@example.com
Rock 'N' Roll ½ Marathon
Where: Seattle, WA
When: June 26, 2010
What: A chance to support Lazarex's "Team for Life" as
they run for a better opportunity for our patients and their families. Please
help us fulfill our mission of providing resources for cancer patients who have
been told they have no other options, but who are not yet done with their
journey in life and refuse to give up.
While the race is sold out you can use
this link: TFL Rock 'n' Roll Seattle to
sign up to fundraise if you are already registered, to donate on behalf of team
member and for more information.
Mark Your Calendar for Other 2010 Fundraising Events
Aug. 1 Chicago
Marathon & Half Marathon
Sep. 19 Philadelphia Marathon & Half Marathon
Oct. 3 San
Jose Marathon & Half Marathon
tuned...more to come!
Very Important Patient (VIP) Brittany Hess
Top left to right Lazarex Director of Development Susan
father Jim Hess and Lazarex President Dana Dornsife. Bottom, Brittany's mother Bonni
Hess and Brittany at Lazarex headquarters on March 9. Photo by Karen Ambrogi.
To meet Brittany Hess is to see a vibrant, 27-year old woman
with boundless enthusiasm and a passionate zest for life. This belies the fact
that she has been dealing with alveolar
soft part sarcoma (ASPS) since 2001 when she was diagnosed at Stage IV. Her
symptom was a small lump on her left thigh.
Since her diagnosis, Brittany
has undergone 23 surgical procedures to remove or destroy tumors on her thigh
and in her lungs, liver, brain, breast,
tibia, spine, and abdomen, and she has participated in three clinical
trials. Because of the rarity of ASPS, she and her parents have traveled
all over the United States and Canada for various treatments. Through it
all she remains optimistic, as she and her boyfriend recently bought a house
together and have adopted a puppy.
Brittany hopes to become a nurse someday, but her illness and
the travel required for her treatments have made the commitment required to
obtain a nursing degree impossible. She has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the Oncology Unit at Overlake Hospital in
Bellevue, Washington, but the debilitating pain from two major spinal surgeries
to remove tumors caused her to leave that job. Chronic spinal pain and side
effects of the Cediranib Clinical Trial medication currently prevent Brittany
from being able to participate in many of her hobbies, including motorcycle
riding, skiing, boating, backpack traveling, soccer, and other activities which
she has always enjoyed and pursued.
When she visited our
offices to participate in the Insights taping
she told us, "I'll never give up. I have too much to live for." Brittany's story
inspires us every day.
Read about some of our other VIPs
Meet William and Teresa White
Team for Life Members
Bill and Teresa White own
and operate an Allstate Insurance Agency in Danville, CA. One of their most
unique products, and one that is often overlooked, is Cancer Insurance.
Allstate pays benefits directly to the client to help cover cancer-related costs
that health insurance may not cover. The Whites are encouraging their clients to
make it a standard element in their insurance portfolios.
"We're trying to protect our
clients from the financial hardships associated with fighting this
disease, so they can concentrate on getting well." Early detection is critical in
the elimination and treatment of these types of diseases, this policy pays for
preventative screenings for men and women. "No one likes to think about getting
cancer," Bill said. "The facts are that men have about a 50% lifetime risk of
contracting cancer and women have about a 33% chance."
added "From the first moment we met Dana and her incredible team we were
touched by their obvious passion for the suffering of families dealing with the
critical stages of cancer. Dana's struggle from a personal family experience
and her desire to help others echoed the philosophy we believe in. In many
instances when we donate to organizations the total amount of the gift never
really reaches the cause it was intended for. With Lazarex every dollar that is
donated makes a difference. Bill and I are motivated additionally by the "Team for Life" fundraising program. As members
we find Cit is a tangible way to see our donation grow and to be challenged to
rally with others to reach a larger goal. Our participation and commitment to Lazarex
is made possible by the unique cancer product we offer. As we work together we truly can build a bridge to hope."
If you would like more information regarding this
valuable coverage, contact the White Agency at (925) 820-7500, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Bracelets in Support
Jewelry Made and Designed by the
Carol Zenaro creates
unique, one of a kind bracelets to honor her son's (Scott Zenaro) determination in
his fight against Ewing's Sarcoma and to show the family's appreciation to
Lazarex. Bracelets are available for a minimum donation of $20, with all the proceeds
going directly to Lazarex. The bracelets make a truly meaningful Mother's Day
or birthday gift.
Make your donation at www.lazarex.org.
Type the word "bracelet" in the In "Honor Of" field and tell us where to send it in
the Acknowledgement section.
A tax receipt will be issued to your email
address, be sure to save it for your tax records. You can also call Tami in our
office at 925-820-4517.
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About Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Our Mission: We provide resources for cancer patients who have been told they have no other options, but who are not yet done with their journey in life and refuse to give up now.
Lazarex Cancer Foundation builds a bridge to hope, dignity and life for cancer patients and their families. We provide financial assistance to defray the costs associated with patient participation in FDA clinical trials. Additionally, we help patients navigate their clinical trial options and provide community education and outreach services. We believe that together we can change the face of cancer. To learn more, please contact us at 925.820.4517, toll-free at 877.866.9523, or visit us at www.lazarex.org.