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Changing the face of cancer

April 2010 Newsletter
Current Stories
MLB Player's Alumni Dinner & Golf Tournament
Seattle Rock 'N' Roll Half-Marathon Other 2010 Fundraising Events-Hold the Dates!
Meet VIP Brittany Hess
Meet Team for Life Members William & Teresa White
New Memorial Bracelets in Support of Lazarex
$5,000 GoodSearch Giveaway - Three Days Only! Download a Toolbar, help Support Lazarex

Dear Friend,

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 volunteers.

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? 

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Dana Dornsife
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

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Lazarex 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

Seatlle RNR 2010

Seattle Rock 'N' Roll 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


Stay tuned...more to come!  

Meet Very Important Patient (VIP) Brittany Hess

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Top left to right Lazarex Director of Development Susan Sappington, Brittany's 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 Terewhitessa 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."

Teresa 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."

you would like more information regarding this valuable coverage, contact the White Agency at (925) 820-7500, or email

Memorial Bracelets in Support of Lazarex!

Original Jewelry Made and Designed by the

Zenaro Family

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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

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

Please help us spread the word by sending this to a friend (or many!) who you think would be interested in Lazarex Cancer Foundation or one of our many events. Thanks!