PMC Annual Appeal 2016

Pacific Mesothelioma Center

December 2016

Dear Friend,

Taking stock of the year that is ending is a traditional ritual.  For the Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) at The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI), it’s about the incredible lives that have touched us, people from all parts of the world and professions, and life stories.   We think of the progress we have made in our research laboratory and the innovative ideas generated by our researchers.  We remember the fundraisers where we’ve shared so much more than an event.  And we remember those who are struggling in their fight against mesothelioma as well as their families.

We are entering a new age of cancer treatment with immunotherapy, a new type of cancer treatment that works by using the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells. An immunotherapy drug was used as part of former president Jimmy Carter’s successful treatment for advanced melanoma.  We are hoping to mirror this success by rigorously testing novel prototypes of mesenchymal stem cell therapies engineered to enhance immune responses against cancer.  The long-term goal of The PMC is to develop a wide array of mesenchymal stem cell treatments that can be scaled up for immunotherapy to fight a whole host of cancers. We anticipate that someday it might be feasible to use the products of our research in treating solid tumors, such as breast, pancreatic, and colon cancer, as well as diffuse cancers such as mesothelioma and large B cell lymphoma.

Two donors have very generously offered to sponsor our matching gift program for contributions we receive up to $100,000 between now and December 31st.  So please, make your gift today and it will be worth twice as much! You can enable us to research and develop solutions twice as fast!   If you would like to contribute to our annual appeal, please make an online donation at: or mail a donation in the self-addressed envelope enclosed.  Please note that all donations are tax deductible.

With you by our side, we hope to fulfill our joint dream of finding a cure for mesothelioma and other life-threatening cancers. Your charitable contributions are most welcome and appreciated.

Thank you for your commitment to PMC over the years and for your renewed generosity. On behalf of our patients and their families, may we wish you a Happy Holiday Season.  We are honored to have you on our team.