Monday, February 19, 2007

Celebrities Gather for Mesothelioma Benefit

More than 350 guests gathered for a benefit in Los Angeles on February 10th to hear Grammy award winning trumpeter Chris Bottie and Jordan Zevon (Warren Zevon’s son), see Barbara McQueen as she promoted her latest book "Steve McQueen: The Last Mile", and listen to 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis make a plea to raise awareness for the devastating disease. The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute raised $250,000 for asbestos cancer research.

The Institute feels that this fundraiser proved to be an enormous breakthrough for the cancer research they feel it does not receive the attention or funding that other types of cancer receive.

Dr. Robert Cameron, chief of thoracic surgery at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and one of PHLBI's Scientific Advisors unveiled the latest research currently underway at the Institute. He said, "This event shows what can happen when people pull together for mesothelioma research. We have promising projects underway that may lead to more effective management of this disease for this and future generations."

Some donors included the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union, the estate of David “Punch” Worthington, PHLBI Directors John Markovich and Roger Worthington, and asbestos manufacturer Owens-Illinois, among many others. Proceeds from the benefit’s auction also brought in an additional $9,000.

PHLBI will also be conducting a clinical study over the next few months on union workers who were former heavy smokers and also exposed to asbestos for a free clinical trial using Celebrex. Testing is to determine whether or not Celebrex is effective as a preventive treatment for lung cancer for those who might be at risk.

For more information on asbestos-related mesothelioma, or to get in touch with a lawyer, please visit LPK Law.

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