Year End Appeal Letter 2017



December 2017

Dear Friend,

This has been a truly groundbreaking year for The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI), making major strides in our laboratory investigations.   We have accomplished so much in 2017 and the year is not over yet.  We filed a patent for our mesenchymal stem cells in June …we recruited two new scientists in August … upgraded the lab. … expanded the student internship program … bought new equipment … received some expensive donated equipment…extended our tissue bank and now we are well on our way to furthering our research on gene-modified stem cells.  We are hoping to get feedback from the FDA to launch a clinical trial next year, to determine how well our unique anti-cancer interventions work in humans.

Our new scientists have experience in immunology and molecular biology.  Dr. Masahide Tone is our Director of Research and Senior Research Scientist.  He received his PhD at Tohoku University in Japan.  His wife Dr. Yukiko Tone, PHLIB’s Senior Researcher, received her degree at Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan.  Both scientists have worked at Cambridge University, Oxford University, the University of Pennsylvania and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  We are honored that they chose to join our lab and we are all very excited for the potential we have with our cutting-edge research program that could significantly advance anti-cancer research.

This year we have had some amazing fundraisers where we have experienced so much more than a motorcycle ride or a 5K walk.  We never forget those who are struggling in their fight against mesothelioma as well as their families.  For PHLBI it’s about the incredible lives that have touched us, people from all parts of the world and all different professions, and life stories that we have shared.

We were fortunate to receive an anonymous matching grant of $250,000 for contributions we receive between now and December 31st.  So please make your gift today and it will be worth twice as much!  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 chest diseases. Your charitable contributions are most welcome and appreciated.

Thank you for your commitment to PHLBI 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.


Clare Cameron

Clare Cameron

Executive Director