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               It's About Life


 Summer 2012 Newsletter 

Current Stories
New Ways to Support Lazarex: Save the Date! September 29th for the Lazarex Gala "Battle for a Lifetime" aboard the USS Hornet
Very Important Patient: Victoria's Story
Introducing Carol Meyer, Lazarex Volunteer Coordinator
The Lazarex Legacy Program
Team for Life Endurance Events: Disneyland® 1/2 Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon and more... Bibs Available!

Dear Friends,


As you might imagine Lazarex takes great pride in the work it does and the Very Important Patients we are able to help. While that satisfaction is always its own reward, it is exciting to receive some external recognition.  


April 28 was proclaimed Lazarex Cancer Foundation and CAA Day by the City of Las Vegas and separately by Clark County in honor of our sold out Las Vegas Soul Festival and the battle we fight every day on behalf of late stage cancer patients. Promoter Jimmy Smith of CAA International had the vision and drive that created the Las Vegas Soul Festival.  


In May, several pictures from the impressive Champions Party and Poker Night with Jerry Rice, Dave Casper, Steve Elkington and Phil Hellmuth, benefiting Lazarex, made the Faces page of Diablo Magazine. You can check that out at Faces, Diablo Magazine.     


We celebrated our new offices at 50 Oak Court in Danville on May 31 with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting with the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. It was a chance to reacquaint ourselves with old friends, make new friends and share our story once again. We particularly want to thank Do Good Vines for donating the wine for the event. Lazarex gets a percentage of their sales, so please give them a look!


Lazarex will be a sponsor at the Danville Chamber's 2012 Aloha Classic on July 23 at the Diablo Country Club. Look for us in the program and at our assigned tee where you'll find some of the Lazarex staff. You can sign up to play by visiting


I'll close with the celebration of two birthday milestones this spring. Brittany Hess turned 30, an occasion her family never expected to experience when she received her diagnosis 12 years ago; and Michael Robbert turned 37, his first birthday after being declared cancer free earlier this year. Congratulations, Brittany and Michael!  


Please take a moment to reflect on all the goodness you help make possible through Lazarex. After all, it's about life



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Dana Dornsife
President, Lazarex Cancer Foundation

New and Fun Ways to Support Lazarex 


Save the Date: September 29, 2012  -   

You Won't Want to Miss This Gala!   


Gala 2012 Save the Date    

Louis ZamperiniAhoy, mates! Join us on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, a national historic landmark based in Alameda, CA on September 29th from 6 p.m. to midnight for this year's gala entitled Battle for a Lifetime. Hear 95-year-old guest speaker Louis Zamperini, subject of the book Unbroken, a World War II prisoner of war, motivational speaker and former American Olympian. According to a profile on Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel radio program, Zamperini climbed a flag pole during the 1936 Olympic games and stole the personal flag of Adolf Hitler.


Besides Zamperini, all guests will enjoy a welcome with a military escort by the Side Boys, patriotic tunes from the USS Hornet Band and the1940's swing style harmonies of the Swinging Blue Stars while cocktails and appetizers are served. A Vietnam era Huey helicopter will take adventurous guests on rides from the flight deck. After a delicious dinner, the old school funk band JamFunkShus will get you up on your feet. There will be casino games, a photo booth and more for your amusemHuey ent. Dress is cocktail attire.


For $350 per person you can help give the gift of hope and life and have great fun at the same time. Hope to see you see you aboard! Tickets and Event information are available at . If you are interested in being a Sponsor for this event contact Susan Sappington at 925.309.8661 or


  Very Important Patient (VIP): Victoria G.    


Victoria and her husband Andy live in New York with their two children. In September 2011 she received a bone marrow transplant as treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). 


2012Victoria G.

We are so thankful for the help you have given us. The trip into the city to visit my doctors is not an easy ride. I am not able to do it alone; in fact it takes me the whole next day to recover from the trip. If it were not for your help Andy, my husband, would have had to take a leave of absence to take me to all my appointments. 


Your help has been a blessing on so many levels by giving me the independence to get to my necessary appointments, the financial peace, your warm reception and support when we call your office. We feel we are part of the Lazarex community and that is why Andy was so enthusiastic and motivated to represent Lazarex in the ING NYC Marathon. We believe that when you do something with the right intention you are supported. We are thrilled and so appreciative of the support our friends and family have given us throughout this journey and, now, for the marathon. 


According to my doctors it will take up to a year (possibly longer) to rebuild my immune system following this transplant. It will be a year on September 22, 2012. There are no words to describe our appreciation for Lazarex's support through this is the key in recovery for my whole body.



A week after a routine visit to my internist to monitor my thyroid levels I got a call from the office referring me to a hematologist. The nurse merely said the doctor wanted me to see a hematologist and gave me the name of two doctors in my area. I got an appointment on April 20th, which was about a month away. I did not feel an urgency to go sooner since I had no major symptoms except for some fatigue and felt that was easily explained by my long hours of work as a chiropractor and teacher as well as having 2 children, a husband and home.


When I saw the hematologist in April she tested a sample of my blood and then reported that the results indicated leukemia. My jaw dropped, I could not believe it! She said a bone marrow test would verify the diagnosis. I had it done in her office that day. She called me a few days later to say that there was definitely a malignant condition in my bone marrow. I had some form of leukemia so she referred me to a specialist in blood diseases at a local university hospital.


The following week I saw the specialist who determined that I had MDS (a form of pre-leukemia) that could transform anytime into AML (acute myeloid leukemia). Either way it was imperative I receive a bone marrow transplant and undergo chemotherapy. In the meantime I saw 6 different oncologists in a quest to prove them wrong. I could not believe that I had this diagnosis. Unfortunately they all said the same thing.


In a last attempt to find some other reason for these abnormal blood results I saw my dentist about a mouth sore that a month later had not healed. My dentist x-rayed and referred me to an oral surgeon who did a biopsy. The leukemic cells in my bone marrow had migrated to my mouth. This was viewed as a metastasis and is treated as if the MDS transformed into AML.


The following Monday, June 3rd, I was admitted to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to begin induction therapy and intensive chemotherapy. After another round of chemotherapy I had my stem cell transplant on September 22, 2011.  

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

Introducing Carol Meyer    


Carol Meyer recently joined Lazarex as our Volunteer Coordinator. She quickly became a friend, a valuable asset and deeply appreciated member in our organization.    


Carol Meyer

Carol Meyer joined the Lazarex Cancer Foundation team in Summer 2011 as a volunteer. Looking to serve in an organization committed to supporting others, Carol is grateful to have found Lazarex Like so many, cancer has profoundly affected the lives of several members of Carol's family. She is thankful to have the opportunity to assist those who find themselves in a similar situation. Presently, Carol coordinates volunteers for the various events and fundraisers within which Lazarex participates. Carol also fills various support roles for the other Lazarex team members. 


Carol holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay respectively, and she has over 10 years' experience in the financial services industry. Her favorite role, however, is as Mom; she is the parent of a daughter, Kristiana and a son, Jackson.

The Lazarex Legacy Program

Life insurance can be a simple and flexible approach to making a significant contribution to Lazarex Cancer Foundation (Lazarex). Not only does it allow you to make a substantial donation to Lazarex at no cost to you, but you may also benefit from tax rules that apply to gifts of life insurance.

  • You can make Lazarex the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy
  • You can assign Lazarex as the owner and beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy
  • You can purchase a new policy and make Lazarex the owner and  beneficiary
A gift of life insurance can enable you to make a much greater gift and a much greater difference than may have been possible during your lifetime.

For more information about how
to leave a legacy to Lazarex Cancer Foundation, contact Brendan Noonan, Program Facilitator, at (925) 984-4574 or  
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    new TFl logoTeam for Life Events -
Join Us, Donate, Have Fun!  


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.


View all Team for Life events at:




 Team Ben


Big Sur International Half Marathon recap:

 - 32 participants raised over $50K to date

 -  View photo slideshow: Big Sur Photo Recap 








 Marine Corps marathon 2012

Marine Corps Marathon 

Sold Out but Team for Life has Bibs!  


When: October 28, 2012 

Where: Washington DC  


Contact Team for Life to reserve your spot today or go to: Marine Corps Marathon 2012

Big sur half marathonBig Sur Half Marathon


When: November 18, 2012 

Where: Monterey Bay, CA    


Contact Team for Life to reserve your spot today or go to: Big Sur Half Marathon 2012

 Walnut CreekWalnut Creek Half Marathon

When: December 18, 2012 

Where: Walnut Creek, CA 

Contact Team for Life to reserve your spot today or go to: Walnut Creek Half 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

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