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               It's About Life


 Early Spring 2012 Newsletter 

Current Stories
Very Important Patient Update: Satinka Stiles
Supporting Lazarex - Our Sponor Series: GILLIG LLC
New Ways to Support Lazarex: Shopping for Life at Round Hill Country Club on March 15th; Celebrity Party & Poker Tournament with Jerry Rice and Steve Elkington on April 10th; Las Vegas Soul Festival with R&B, Soul Artists on April 28th; Hike the Grand Canyon with Lazarex, September 21-24
Lazarex Volunteer Party March 25th; Lazarex Open House March 29th
Team for Life Endurance Events - New! ING NYC MARATHON!;The Golden Gate Triathlon, the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 2012

Dear Friends,


Last month we said good bye to our Endurance Event Coordinator and Team for Life leader Jenny Walls. Jenny was with us for nearly three years and has helped us raise hundreds of thousands of dollars through Team for Life events. She lives in, and worked for Lazarex, from Seattle. We've decided to bring Team for Life into our Danville office. While searching for someone to fill Jenny's shoes we know we will never replace Jenny in our hearts. Thank you, Jenny, for all your good work and best of luck.      


In the last newsletter we mentioned our impending move to our new location at 50 Oak Court in Danville. I am pleased to report that we are now fully moved in and functioning beautifully in our much larger and more functional office suite. We already miss our friends at 169 Front Street, but we could not pass up the opportunity to grab this space at a very reasonable price. It will help us to grow and prosper.   

You may notice as you read this newsletter that we are branching out with the type of fundraising events that we do. In addition to our endurance events we added a poker tournament at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley; an event for all Olympic level shoppers at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo, CA; and a Grand Canyon Hike that can be a lifetime memory. Team for Life athletes will be thrilled to see that we have been accepted into the ING NYC Marathon! We've also added the Marine Corps Marathon and two Disney races to our schedule of 2012 events!  See all the new races on our Team for Life website. 


Please enjoy this newsletter and then take a moment to dwell on the many blessings you and your family enjoy. After all, it's about life!




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Dana Dornsife
President, Lazarex Cancer Foundation

  Very Important Patient (VIP) Update: Satinka Stiles


Satinka Stiles is a 37 year old mother of 4 young girls. She was diagnosed with a very rare bone cancer in November 2008. The cancer is a giant cell tumor located in the spine near her tailbone. There are less than 10 people in the U.S. known with her particular cancer. So her only chance for survival at this point is to receive treatment in California through a clinical trial.


Satinka's Story:    

Doctors in Austin, Texas did not want to operate on this tumor due to the very high risks so they sent Ms. Stiles to Houston, Texas to a well known cancer hospital called M.D. Anderson. There they did a series of embolizations which were supposed to stop the blood flow to the tumor and "starve" it to keep it from growing. Instead it made the tumor more aggressive and it started to grow rapidly. In August 2009 the Oncology team at M.D. Anderson scheduled Ms. Stiles to have an extraction of the tumor. She spent 3 months in the hospital which left her unable to walk or even get out of bed. Upon returning to her home in Austin, Ms. Stiles' Oncologist saw that the tumor had already grown back and decided to start radiation therapy. The tumor had shrunk 25% but a few months later it began to grow again. In December 2009 the Oncology team at Texas Oncology read about a clinical trial for giant cell tumors in Santa Monica, CA and felt strongly that she should go as there was nothing more to be offered through conventional treatment. Ms. Stiles knew that this was her only other treatment option but could not afford the frequent travel, or to relocate to, California. Her social worker at Texas Oncology told her about Lazarex and in July 2011, before she knew it, she was on the first flight to California to participate in the Denosumab clinical trial. Now, in 2012, Ms. Stiles is walking again, the tumor has shrunk significantly and she is looking forward to the future with her children!! Thanks to Lazarex Cancer Foundation! 

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

Our Sponsors


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 Transportation Sponsor for Our 2011 Gala 


GILLIG buses are highly regarded by the U.S. transit industry, and GILLIG has a solid reputation of being the most stable and financially secure company, focused on satisfying their customers and delivering on their promises. Lazarex is proud to work with this outstanding corporate citizen.


GILLIG was founded over 115 years ago, in 1890, in San Francisco, for the purpose of modifying and building buggies and carriages - the main mode of transportation at that time. GILLIG adapted to the new horseless technology, but in 1906 the factory burned down in the great San Francisco earthquake and fire. That setback didn't keep GILLIG down, the factory was soon rebuilt and the production of early model buses began, followed later by school buses and troop transports.


Creative engineering and aggressive problem solving led to many innovative product firsts, such as the patented California Top for touring cars of the 1920's, the first transit style school bus in the 1930's, the first rear engine diesel powered coach in 1959, and the first production built, dedicated LNG transit bus in 1992.


Today, GILLIG is the second largest producer of transit buses in North America and produces around 1,200 to 1,300 buses per year for hundreds of different customers, from Alaska to Florida. Most of the buses GILLIG builds today are powered by the worlds cleanest and most efficient diesel engines. Today's clean diesel engines are more fuel efficient and also emit up to 90% fewer exhaust emissions.  


GILLIG continues to invest in new technology and look for the next generation engine to power buses - and believes it is hybrid electric. In 1996, we built our first hybrid electric bus. It was a series hybrid system, which was followed in 2001 by the first parallel hybrid heavy-duty transit bus ever built.   


Visit the GILLIG website at

New and Fun Ways to Support Lazarex 

Shopping for Life 



Holiday shopping is so four months ago. After a break from the stores, aren't you ready to give your plastic a spin at an Olympic-level shopping event benefiting Lazarex Cancer Foundation? We'll have 20 or so boutique vendors, valet parking, appetizers, free soft drinks, a welcome mimosa for everyone, raffle prizes and a no host bar. No reservations required!    


What: Shopping for Life  Shopping

When: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 10 AM - 3 PM

Where: Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill Road, Alamo, CA 94507

Why: 20% of the proceeds benefit Lazarex Cancer Foundation


Contact Pam Shaw at 925.309.8662 or for more information.    


Download the flyer: Shopping for Life flyer    

Noonan Financial


Thank you to our Event Sponsor:

Noonan Financial, LLC


Champions Party Celebrity Fundraiser  

and Poker Tournament 

Hosted by the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship and the Northern California chapter of the NFL Alumni, the gala reception and card competition is being held to support Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

Super Bowl Champion Jerry Rice, PGA TOUR legends Steve Elkington and Scott McCarron, along with a variety of Bay Area sports celebrities, will be among the special guests at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa for the Champions Party Celebrity Fundraiser and Poker Tournament the evening of April 10th. 

No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, Celebrity Party, Casino
CardsGames, Dancing 

When: April 10, 2012   Open 6 PM, Cards Dealt 8 PM 

Why: A percentage of the proceeds benefit Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Entertainment: The Sun Kings play Beatles music live

The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA 94705
Tickets: $500 Poker buy-in or $100 Spectator only.
Both events include photos with celebrities, casino games, drinks, appetizers, entertainment, chips for gambling and a chance to win valuable prizes.


Tickets will also be available at the door if seats remain.


Poker Tournament Grand Prize: Entry in the World's Largest Poker Tournament in Vegas 


The Champions Party Celebrity Fundraiser and Poker Tournament is held in conjunction with the 3rd annual Jerry Rice Pro-Am driven by Audi, which follows on April 11 at TPC Stonebrae. For TPC Stonebrae Championship tournament information, tickets, and volunteer opportunities visit: 


Soul...In Vegas!!

Las Vegas Soul Festival flyer  

Lazarex can find soul anywhere...even in Sin City on April 28th. Featuring a superstar lineup of R&B and soul artists, the Las Vegas Soul Festival is one of a kind. This show features beloved musicians that span the decades: Phil Perry, Lenny Williams, Next, Jagged Edge, Dazz Band, Zapp, Bar Kayes and more! 


The music isn't the only thing that has soul at this event - the festival benefits the
Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

When: Saturday, April 28, 2012  

Where: Orleans Arena in Las Vegas 

Tickets: $42-$60-$75

Box Office:  702.284.7777 / 888.234.2334




Hike for Life/Conquer the Canyon  



Sign Up for the March 21st Informational Call Here: Hike for Life Info Call

Boots Meet Grand Canyon
What: Lazarex Cancer Foundation and Conquer The CanyonŽ have joined forces to bring you Hike for Life, a special 3-night/4-day walking, hiking and active adventure at one of the "Grandest" natural wonders of the world - The Grand Canyon!


When: September 21-24, 2012


Why: Hike for Life is a new fundraising adventure for those of you who love to travel, hike, and enjoy the beauty of nature while meeting a personal challenge and supporting a worthy cause - Lazarex Cancer Foundation!   


What Else: Participants can choose the trails that best suit their goals and abilities and will be led by The Walking Connection's best expert guides who will interpret the intricacies of the geology, history, flora, fauna and environmental zones of the canyon.  


Come Hike With Us!!  


Hike for Life/ Conquer the Canyon video:     

For more information visit our event webpage at     

Join Us for a Lazarex Volunteer Information Party
Come see the new home of Lazarex Cancer Foundation and find out about the many
Thank you Volunteers!opportunities for volunteers to support our cause. Snacks and beverages will be served.

Please contact Carol Meyer, our Volunteer Coordinator,
to let her know you are coming:


Where & When   

Sunday, March 25th     2:00 PM - 4:00 PM   

50 Oak Court, Suite 200, Danville, California 94526

Lazarex is Having an Open House!
house warming
Come join the "house warming" party!
We can't wait to show you our new space! Bring a friend or two. Enjoy food, wine and soft drinks. Meet the Lazarex team that makes the "magic" happen. Learn about what's new at Lazarex Cancer Foundation.
Where & When   

Thursday, March 29th      

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM   

50 Oak Court, Suite 200, Danville, California 94526
Team for Life Events - Join Us, Donate, Have Fun!  

Take a look at our coming events, perhaps you will be inspired to participate or make a donation to support a team member. Your support is crucial to our mission! 

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Joining Team for Life gives you the chance to directly support Lazarex Cancer Foundation by participating in any endurance event where Lazarex has an official team OR by creating your

own fundraising event.


To sign up:



ING NYC Marathon  

When: November 4, 2012

Where: NYC, NY


Team for Life is going to NYC in November! We just learned that we have been accepted into The ING NYC Marathon so stay tuned for registration information!  

To get on a waiting list contact  




Golden Gate TriathlonGolden Gate Tri-Freaks

Registration is OPEN for our first-ever triathlon! Lazarex is the only official charity for this event!    


When: Sunday, June 24, 2012

Where: San Francisco, CA


A world class triathlon has come to San Francisco.This event features a beautiful swim along the coast of Crissy Field, an epic looped course through-out the Presidio capped off by a stunning out and back run across the Golden Gate Bridge!      


To register contact Team for Life  or go to: TFL Golden Gate Triathlon  



Disneyland half marathon weekend


Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 

Registration is OPEN!  


When: September 2, 2012 

Where: Anaheim, CA 


Contact Team for Life to reserve your spot today or go to: Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 2012  

About Lazarex Cancer Foundation 
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  (or many!) who you think would be interested in Lazarex Cancer Foundation or one of our many events. Thanks!