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  Holiday 2010 Newsletter

Current Stories
Lazarex Needs Your Votes to Win $250K Endurance Events for Autumn/Winter 2010 - 2011
Pamper Yourself at Victoria's Salon Dec. 8th Poker Night for Lazarex Dec.11th 2nd Annual Camarillo Baseball Clinic Jan.16th
Meet VIP Brittani Powell
Fashion Accessories Support Lazarex!
Lazarex Coming to a TV or Theater Near You!
Join Team for Life

Dear Friend,

As we enter the holiday season, I find myself reflecting on the circle of life that is in evidence here at Lazarex, every day, in all facets of the work we do. What sustains us are the moments that come as unexpected gifts in between our "doing". They are timeless feasts that renew heart and soul and sow seeds of hope for the future. I urge you to welcome such moments when they come to nuture you.


"It takes a village," in many ways has become a cliché, but at Lazarex that phrase has become the words by which we live. We are incredibly grateful to our network of friends who have donated their time and effort on our behalf and helped Lazarex build a bridge to hope for our valiant patients. The past few months have been particularly gratifying. Look at the list below and you will see that nearly $80,000 was raised at events put on by individuals and groups for the benefit of Lazarex.


  • Fall Fest by Haley and Brad Morucci: $4,000
  • Hope in Motion by Devil Dolls Motorcycle Club: $21,000
  • Halloween Bash by Don Peed of Techworkers: $12,000
  • Baseball Clinic at UNC Wilmington: $3,000
  • Diablo Country Club Tennis Association: $2,600
  • Stella & Dot Jewelry Party by Pam Shaw and Tanya Economos: $1,325
  • A Royal Exchange Gold Party by Rhonda Slater: $1,742
  • San Jose Half Marathon: $17,000
  • Zenaro Family Bracelet Sales: $16,000 and counting

Your support for our mission gives life to this Foundation. We couldn't do what we do without you. We wish you a beautiful, peaceful, healthy holiday season. 


Dana Dornsife
Dana Dornsife

President, Lazarex Cancer Foundation 

Lazarex Events - Join us, Donate, Have Fun!


Lazarex Needs Your Votes Every Day In November To Win $250K 

Lazarex Cancer Foundation has been chosen as a finalist for a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. But to win the grant Lazarex needs your daily votes through November 30th. Pepsi Logo


Vote by texting 104068 to 73774 (Pepsi), via Facebook at (search word "Lazarex") and online


Visit for more information and to get a daily reminder to vote, vote, vote!


Lazarex will use the $250 K grant money to:

  • Support 15 new patients in FDA clinical trials for 8 months
  • Continue to support 15 existing patients in FDA clinical trials for 1 year
  • Fund 6 cancer screening clinics in the San Francisco Bay area for the uninsured - 2 each for prostate, skin and colorectal cancers for 200 people total.


Las Vegas Rock & Roll Half Marathon     

When: December 5, 2010

Where: Las Vegas, NV

What: Enjoy winter in the desert and help raise money for a great cause. There are still openings for race registrants. Donations are accepted anytime. Please visit TFL Rock n Roll Las Vegas marathon & 1/2 for more information.


Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend  

When: January 7-9, 2011

Where: Buena Vista, FL

What: A weekend of 5K, half marathon, full marathon and the Goofy challenge throughout Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. Registration closes November 30th!

To register, donate or for more information go to TFL Walt Disney World Weekend . Space is limited. Sign up now!


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Disney Princess Half Marathon

When: February 27, 2011                     

Where: Buena Vista, FL

What: A weekend designed for women of all ages. The half marathon winds through Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. Registration closes November 30th! To register, donate or for more information go to TFL Disney Princess Half Marathon.  

Other December/January Events


Dec. 8th Pamper Yourself for Lazarex at Victoria's Salon, Pleasanton CA


Start your holiday primping with an $80 package that benefits Lazarex. There are three packages available: "Magnifique" - A modern Retro hairstyle and make-up; "Elegant" - Mini manicure and Modern Retro hairstyle; or "Joli" - Vintage make-up and Mini Manicure. Each package includes 2 raffle tickets, 20% off all products and a special goodie bag. Additional raffle tickets are available for $1 each or $5 for six tickets. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served and a jewelry boutique will be held at the same time. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 200 Rose Drive in Pleasanton.


Dec. 11th Charity Poker Tournament, Concord, CA

Ever fantasize about filling an inside straight on the river card in a high-stakes game of Texas Hold 'Em? If so, circle December 11 on your calendar for the first Lazarex Charity Poker Tournament at 288 Sally Ride Drive in Concord. Your $60 buy in includes access to a prize pool worth more than $5,000, and dinner with soft drinks, beer and wine. Registration and dinner is at 5 p.m. and the dealing starts about an hour later. If you register by December 1st you will receive a $200 chip bonus at no additional charge. We will also offer an open play table for real high rollers. More information is available by contacting Brendan Noonan (; 925-984-4574) or Kyle Cliff (; 925-997-9633). Our team will be there and we hope to see you.


Jan. 16th  "Homerun for Hope" 2nd Annual Camarillo PONY Baseball Clinic In Honor of Bonnie Young, Camarillo CA 


Please help us honor the memory of Bonnie Young, with her Major League sons Delmon of the Minnesota Twins and Dmitri, recently retired from the Washington Nationals at the second annual "Homerun for Hope" Camarillo PONY baseball clinic for the benefit of Lazarex Cancer Foundation.


Homerun for Hope 2010What: Baseball Clinic, open to boys and girls ages 8 to 14 years for a tax deductible donation of $75 per player

When: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

Where: Camarillo PONY Baseball Field on Temple Ave. in Camarillo, CA

Who: Former Major League Baseball players will teach you the fundamentals of the Game

How: Registration at Camarillo Community Center on Dec. 15th


Major Leaguers scheduled to attend include Delmon and Dmitri Young, Brook Jacoby, Jeff Tackett, Jerry Willard, and Darin Spiller. For more information please contact Jennifer Hyatt at 805-558-0400 or All registrants will be entered into a drawing for an autographed item!

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Meet Very Important Patient (VIP) Brittani Powell

BrittaniBrittani Powell is a 14 year-old eighth grade honor student from Sacramento, CA. In 2009 she was a normal, energetic middle school girl until a giant cell tumor was discovered on her spine in July. Soon after that she had emergency decompression and tumor resection of the cervical spine. In August of 2009 she had another surgery to finish removing the tumor. The tumor grew back quickly after that. She then had two surgeries back to back to remove the tumor again in October. After those surgeries the doctor told Brittani's mother that he had never seen a giant cell tumor so aggressive and that at this rate she would only live six to 24 months.

Brittani's doctors suggested a 19 week chemotherapy cycle, which eliminated the tumors. However, as soon as chemotherapy stopped her excruciating pain returned. A scan showed the tumors had returned by March of this year. Doctors said that surgery to remove the tumors would be too risky, and recommended radiation. Her family found a clinical trial in Santa Monica, CA (about 400 miles from Sacramento), but while Brittani was awaiting acceptance, her symptoms became worse, leading to general numbness and paralysis of all four limbs. By late spring this beautiful girl had become a quadriplegic. The doctors agreed to do an emergency surgery that would restore her ability to walk and to move her hands, but suggested that maybe her parents should let nature take its course and stop putting her through all of these painful surgeries. They changed their minds after Brittani's mom told them about the trial and that the family definitely wanted the surgery. The surgery worked and Brittani quickly began regaining function of all four extremities. With the help of Lazarex, Brittani was finally accepted to the Denosumab trial and started the loading doses. She has been improving ever since with no relapses. After spending a year on home study she is now back with her eighth grade class. She is walking and writing almost at normal levels. Most importantly, she has her beautiful smile again!


Patients like this month's VIP, Brittani, are benefiting from support like this every day. Please help us by sending this email to friends who you think would be interested in Lazarex.

Support Lazarex While Sporting Fashionable Accessories


Red Star SunglassesBracelets and sunglasses are not items normally associated with battling cancer. Yet at Lazarex, these fashionable accessories are helping us build a bridge to hope for our patients and friends.


Red Star World Wear sunglasses has begun a promotion with us. If you donate $100 to Lazarex you will be rewarded with a $500 Red Star Gift Certificate. You will be able to visit and select the three or four pair of sunglasses and only be responsible for tax, postage and handling. Imagine looking great with couture eyewear and feeling great by supporting Lazarex! Put "Red Star sunglasses" in the "In Honor Of" field, or on your check, and a gift card will be mailed to you.


The Scott Zenaro family is expanding its bracelet line where all the proceeds go to Lazarex.
AlongBracelets with the very pretty line of women's bracelets, Scott's mom Carol has developed a line of men's bracelets and a series of small fun bracelets that are perfect for younger girls. Won't you help the Zenaro's remember Scott and reach their goal of $20,000 in bracelet sales this year by donating $20 to Lazarex and putting the word bracelet in the "In Honor Of" field? Perhaps after your bracelet arrives you can visit the Red Star site and find sunglasses to match!

Read About the Zenaros "Giving Back"

Lazarex Coming Soon to a TV or Theatre Near You

In October, Lazarex videographers J.E. Smith and Casey Peak filmed a short movie that can be used to promote the Lazarex mission as a short television feature or as part of the trailer package shown before movies.

The film is about a young boy with cancer who with generous support received life-saving medicine through a clinical trial and then lives to graduate from high school. It shows the importance of our work and encourages others to support the cause. The current plans are to buy television time on cable channels this winter and perhaps have it in theatres by the middle of 2011.

Join Team For Life


Team for Life is a unique fundraising program that gives you the chance to directly support Lazarexteamforlifelogo Cancer Foundation by participating in any endurance event where Lazarex has an official team OR by creating your own fundraising event. 


Can't make it to one of our endurance events? Not an athlete? Not to worry! You can participate in any event of your choice OR create you own. Whatever you like to do - run, cycle, walk, bake, dance or knit!

Team for Life provides a simple platform to help you organize your fundraising efforts. We'll help you get started by providing training, fundraising tips and most importantly, moral support!

Best of all, whether you create your own event or join one of Lazarex's offical endurance teams, all your fundraising efforts will directly benefit the patients of Lazarex Cancer Foundation! 

For more information you go to

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 build a bridge to hope. 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!