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 Holiday 2013 Newsletter 

Current Stories
Giving Thanks, Receiving Thanks: Quotes From Our Patients
Give Hope on #GivingTuesday, December 3, 2013
We are Grateful For...
Our Annual Sponsors...
More Notes of Thanks From Our Patients
Team for Life - Put Meaning Behind Your Miles: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, Tinker Bell 1/2 Marathon, Rock 'n' Roll San Francisco 1/2 Marathon, Big Sur International Marathon

Dear Friends,


Here at Lazarex Cancer Foundation we have so much to be grateful for. As we celebrate over 6 years of operation and 200+ years of life for our extraordinary cancer patients, we continue to be inspired by the courage, strength and will to survive that we witness every day.


In this newsletter you'll see a few of the many notes of thanks we have received from our patients and their families. Take them to heart, for it is your support and generosity that is changing and saving lives. At my family's Thanksgiving table, when we speak our blessings, you will be among them.  


Time has flown by and the foundation has grown! In the past year Lazarex increased the number of patients we support financially by 50%. We receive referrals daily from many of the major cancer centers and the American Cancer Society. We held our inaugural gala in Southern California in addition to our gala on Treasure Island in San Francisco. Strategic partnerships are being developed and our support from the community is growing. Check out the highlights listed below. 


In 2014 Lazarex will launch our diversity impact program "diversityLINK", improving cancer survivability in poor and medically underserved populations, through partnerships in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston and Philadelphia.  


All this could not happen without you. Please lend your support to help us continue providing the gifts of hope and life. On Tuesday, December 3, Lazarex is participating in #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving. You'll see our campaign below. In the coming weeks you will receive an appeal from us asking you to remember Lazarex in your Holiday giving.


However you celebrate the holdays, may you celebrate in Joy and Good Health. After all, it's about Living.  



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Dana Dornsife
President, Lazarex Cancer Foundation


Giving Thanks, Receiving Thanks 

 Quotes From Our Patients

Here are a few of the many notes of thanks Lazarex has received from our patients and their families. Take them to heart, for it is your support and generosity that is changing and saving lives. We are humbled and grateful to be able to provide this service.    


The Trial is Working 

"I recently returned from another encouraging trip to Houston. My status is still stabilized with some continued decreasing areas!! I'm starting to become spoiled with these results!!! I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving. Did you ever think about all of the Thanksgiving gatherings where your name will be spoken in reference to how thankful everyone is for YOU!!!??  You certainly will be discussed at this table! Thank you for your generosity AND for how easy you make it for me to ask for charity."


I Am So Blessed   

" I am so happy to share that my recent scans show I am still responding to the experimental trial drug. I am doing so well that I can stay on the clinical trial through "2014" because I am still benefiting from the experimental drug.This is truly my "miracle" drug and is keeping me alive. I am so blessed and I am extremely grateful to you and Lazarex. You made it possible for me to participate in this clinical trial by financially helping me. I still need your help to be able to afford to continue to participate in this trial in 2014 so I can get the infusions that are keeping me alive. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless you."    

You Guys Rock 

"You guys ROCK!!!
Me and my kids have their mother/wife because of you.Thank you!!!"

Patients are benefiting from support like this every day. Please help us by  who you think would be interested in Lazarex


 Give Hope on #GivingTuesday, December 3, 2013 


On December 3, 2013 - the Tuesday after Thanksgiving - #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday, and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, we hope #GivingTuesday will inspire people to help create a better world by taking action to improve their local communities and to give back in better, smarter ways to the causes they support.


Lazarex Cancer Foundation supports #GivingTuesday and its spirit of generosity that encourages giving as a conscious act of power and compassion. For Lazarex, and the cancer patients they serve, this national day of giving is an opportunity for others to help fight cancer with donations that will be used to get cancer patients to clinical trials that just might save their lives.

To make a donation go to our #GivingTuesday campaign website: You do not have to wait until December 3rd to donate.

 We are Grateful For...  


1515 Restaurant & Lounge, Walnut Creek, CA raises $10,000 for Lazarex Cancer Foundation through annual golf tournament and other local events.1515 website:   
Dana Dornsife/Lazarex Cancer Foundation is selected by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center as One of "The One Hundred" annual  fundraiser Honorees:  

Roxanne Sheridan and Gil Purcell of Sausalito, CA throw "Passport to Peru" fundraiser at their historic home "The Pines". The Andean inspired evening raised $25,000 for Lazarex and yielded very valuable connections to nurture going forward: Passport to Peru photo recap

Congressman Jack Kingston,
R. First District of Georgia, and Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee visits the Lazarex office. Kingston visit photo recap

Anderson Carpet, Oakland, CA
raises $14,363 for Lazarex through their annual golf tournament  for charity. Anderson Carpet website:

Takin' It to the Streets, Lazarex's Inaugural So CA gala at the Depot in Torrance, CA:

 So CA gala photo recap  


Treasure the Moments, Lazarex's No CA gala on Treasure Island, Jeremy Affeldt, San Francisco Giants pitcher, was the keynote speaker: No CA gala photo recap 


Joyce Koons Honda/Buick/GMC of Manassas, VA raises $50,000 through their Autumn fundraiser, donating $100 for each car sold! Joyce Koons website:

Lazarex Partners With "Marathon Goddess" Julie Weiss at Big Sur Int'l Marathon 2014; Establishes the Maurice Weiss Memorial fund: 

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Very Important Patient, Brittani, her sister Brianna and their mom Marilyn with Jeremy Affeldt at the Lazarex Gala on Treasure Island.

Our Annual Sponsors 

We thank the following organizations who have made our work possible. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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  More Notes of Thanks From Our Patients   

Good News Again 

"Good news again.....please let everyone know with your help my disease is still stable...November will be the one year marker. Does not feel like I have been traveling to DC for that long. Once again I just want to thank all of you who have made this possible for me. The tears of joy flow when I look back on the last year and the opportunities I have been given, the time I have enjoyed with my children, my church, my family, and my grandkids. Thank you for giving the gift of extended life to so many...God bless you all!!!!"


3.5 Years Later... 

"Diagnosed in 5/2013: My granddaughter was 11 months old and my grandson was 6 months old. My goal has been to see them grow up and to give them a grandma. My granddaughter is now 4 and my grandson turns 4 in December. Thank you for everything."  

Blown Away  

"Help was not a word in my vocabulary before, but Tami and the Foundation erased instantly the worries and frustration on how were we going to afford the trips to So Cal. We are and always will be blown away by the generosity to our family and the other patients Lazarex has helped."   
Patients are benefiting from support like this every day. Please help us by  who you think would be interested in Lazarex.
Team for Life logo     Team for Life Events   
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.

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Walt Disney WorldŽ Marathon Weekend   

When: January 10-12, 2014   

Where: Orlando, FL

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Tinker Bell 1/2
Marathon & 10k

When: January 18-19, 2014   

Where: Anaheim, CA 

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Rock 'n' Roll San Francisco 1/2 Marathon
When: April 6, 2014
Where: San Francisco, CA
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Big Sur International Marathon
When: April 27, 2014
Where: Big Sur, CA 
About Lazarex Cancer Foundation 
Lazarex Cancer Foundation supports all end stage cancer patients and the cancer community by providing assistance with costs for clinical trial participation, navigation through clinical trial options, and community outreach and education. 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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