Making Strides for Mesothelioma Research: At the 6th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Mesothelioma

Grab Your Walking Shoes and Join Us for the 6th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Mesothelioma Research on Sunday, October 22nd at The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, U.S., September 13, 2017 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) a division of the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) will hold its sixth annual 5K Walk/Hike for Meso on October 22, 2017, at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, CA. This year the walk will be hosted by CHiPS star and longtime Pacific Mesothelioma Center supporter Larry Wilcox who will use his humor and wit in his role as MC. With the previous year’s success of over 400 participants and $122,000 raised, the Pacific Mesothelioma Center is setting an ambitious $150,000 goal for the walk this year. The PMC’s mission is to find better treatment options for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), a devastating cancer caused by exposure to asbestos with sadly few treatment options. Mesothelioma affects thousands of people each year with a disproportionate number of those being veterans. The annual 5K walk raises awareness for mesothelioma and provides financial support for pioneering mesothelioma research.

The 5K Walk for Mesothelioma, presented by Worthington & Caron P.C, is the only annual 5K walk on the West Coast held to raise funds for mesothelioma research. Over the years the walk has brought together people who can personally relate to the cause and as a result, has fostered a community. Teams, consisting of family members and friends of those who died of mesothelioma, as well as supporting organizations and individual walkers, will gather together on October 22nd to raise awareness and funds.

The cost of registering for the walk is $45 online and $50 the day of the walk. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Each registrant receives a light breakfast of donated fruit, muffins and coffee, and a PMC walk T-shirt before leaving on the 5K or 1-mile hike, and a medal upon completion. For participants that do not want to walk or hike, bingo will be available. Create a team, join a team, or register as an individual here: .

After the 5K there will be a catered lunch by famed Agoura Hills restaurant Italia’s Deli, delicious Duvurger macaroons, live entertainment by The Six Billion Dollar Band, live auction, and an opportunity drawing. The opportunity drawing and auction offer great prizes including weekend getaways, exciting experiences, great restaurant packages, fun excursions, gift certificates, jewelry, and much more. All of the proceeds go directly to mesothelioma research.

“We are walking in honor of my father, Sal Oliveri and his team “Sal’s Meso Warriors”, said Nick Oliveri of Thousand Oaks. “My father recently underwent surgery by mesothelioma specialist, Dr. Robert B. Cameron to remove his mesothelioma tumors. We are overjoyed that he has been given a shot at extending his life and can think of no better way to show our support of this institute and to help raise funds for their important research program”.


The Pacific Meso Center Receives $100,000 Towards the Anonymous $1 Million Challenge Pledge to Help Fight Mesothelioma

LOS ANGELES, CA, U.S., August 30, 2017 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC), a division of the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI), is pleased to announce a generous $100,000 gift from Roger G. Worthington, of the law office Worthington & Caron P.C. This donation, made in response to the anonymous $1 million challenge grant the PMC recently received, will be used to further the PMC’s groundbreaking research on malignant pleural mesothelioma, asbestos-related cancer affecting the lining of the chest.

The gift will be used in support of NHLBI’s two new scientists – Dr. Masahide Tone and Dr. Yukiko Tone. Both scientists have worked at Cambridge University, Oxford University, University of Pennsylvania and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. They will work on novel immunotherapies for mesothelioma. Immunotherapy is an exciting and promising cancer treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. It is the PMC’s firm belief that the future of mesothelioma treatment will involve combination therapy, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Further, rational combinations of various immunotherapies combined with traditional cancer therapies holds the greatest promise for real progress in the treatment of mesothelioma and other cancers.

Roger Worthington is a long-time advocate for mesothelioma research. In 2005, in honor of his father Punch Worthington, Ph.D., Roger helped establish the David “Punch” Worthington Lab at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Punch Worthington Lab. is the home of innovative research on novel strategies for the treatment of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other occupational cancers. Sadly, his father passed away in 2006 from lung-cancer caused by asbestosis.

“We certainly are pleased to provide PMC with additional funds towards the anonymous $1 million matching gift that the institute recently received and I encourage others to donate, no matter how small”, said Roger Worthington, a long-term supporter of the PMC and principal of the Law Office of Worthington and Caron PC. “These funds will enable the PMC to continue their great work on mesenchymal stem cells with their groundbreaking research which holds immense potential to lead to effective treatments not only for mesothelioma but perhaps for many other cancers as well.”

“We are very fortunate to have the continued support of Mr. Worthington,” Dr. Cameron said. “We are tremendously indebted to him and to all those who contribute to PHLBI. This money will allow us to accelerate our search for novel therapies to improve both the longevity and the quality of life of those battling mesothelioma, lung cancer and other diseases of the chest.”

Dr. Cameron is a pioneer in the field of mesothelioma, Director of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA, Professor of Surgery at UCLA and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West LA Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is also one of the PMC’s Scientific Advisors.

Matching gifts can be made either by mail or online, at

Cutting-edge Research to be Presented at 7th Annual International Symposium on Mesothelioma at UCLA

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, August 24, 2017 / — On September 30th global experts on malignant pleural mesothelioma will again convene at the Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center at UCLA for the 7th Annual International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM), a rare form of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos and commonly affects the lining of the chest– the pleura. The event is jointly hosted by UCLA and the Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC).

The Symposium is geared towards physicians and offers continuing medical education (CME) credit. It will also provide up-to-date information on mesothelioma for medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals, as well as mesothelioma patients, their families and other interested parties. Topics will cover: Surgery for Mesothelioma; Immune Checkpoint Blockades; Combining Angiogenesis Inhibition with Chemotherapy; Disabling Mitochondrial Peroxide Metabolism as an Effective Therapeutic Approach; Targeting the Epigenome in MPM; Recent Findings on Mesothelioma and BAP1 and more.

The Symposium will be led by Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS, Director of the UCLA Mesothelioma Comprehensive Research Program and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. The roster of distinguished international faculty at the Symposium will include Anna Nowak, PhD of the University of Western Australia; Luana Calabrò, MD, University Hospital of Sienna, Italy; David S. Schrump, MD, National Cancer Institute, Maryland; Jacques P. Fontaine, MD, Moffit Cancer Center, Tampa; Brian Cunniff, PhD, University of Vermont; Haining Yang, MD, PhD, University of Hawaii; Arti Shukla, PhD, University of Vermont as well as local experts from UCLA.

“This event highlights the most promising medical advances in the treatment of mesothelioma as well as promising new research,” said Dr. Cameron. “Over the past five years we’ve seen unprecedented advances in mesothelioma research that we never would have predicted a decade ago. Our intensive collaborations between laboratory and clinical scientists are yielding new insights into promising future treatments for mesothelioma such as immunotherapy, which is the most recent breakthrough for treating cancer. The symposium gives an unrivaled opportunity for both the medically savvy and general public, including mesothelioma patients, to not only learn first-hand about groundbreaking discoveries, but also to exchange ideas.”

The Symposium is supported by: Worthington & Caron, P.C., Waters, Kraus & Paul, and the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators.

Early Bird tickets can be purchased before September 6th online at

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center Receives $1 Million Anonymous Challenge Grant to Help Fight Mesothelioma

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, August 15, 2017 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC), a division of The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI), is pleased to announce a generous $1 million grant from an anonymous donor. The challenge grant is committed over the next four years with the challenge for the PMC to raise matching funds for additional immunotherapy research.

The grant will be used to support a molecular biologist and an immunologist working on novel immunotherapies for mesothelioma. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer that affects the lining of the chest – the pleura. Immunotherapy is an exciting and promising cancer treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer. It is the PMC’s firm belief that the future of mesothelioma treatment will involve combination therapy, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Further, rational combinations of various immunotherapies combined with traditional cancer therapies, holds the greatest promise for real progress in the treatment of mesothelioma and other cancers. The donation will help propel this initiative forward.

Upon an annual review by the anonymous donor, a grant of up to $250,000 will be awarded each year until 2021. Gifts can be made by mail (10780 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90025) or online, at

As a result of this generous grant, the PMC are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Molecular Immunologists who have worked at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, the University of Pennsylvania and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Masahide Tone, Ph.D will bring his immense knowledge, vast skills and leadership capabilities to the PMC lab as Senior Researcher and Director of Research. Yukiko Tone, DSc will be a senior research scientist. Their positions commence on August 21st, 2017.

“This pledge comes at a really exciting time in immunotherapy research,” said Dr. Robert B. Cameron. “For the first time ever, we are seeing real benefit of immunotherapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Combining different immunotherapies with more traditional cancer treatments, like surgery, in rational ways holds great promise for finally improving the survival of patients with this formerly fatal disease.”

Dr. Cameron is a pioneer in the field of mesothelioma, Director of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA, Professor of Surgery at UCLA and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West LA Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is also one of the PMC’s Scientific Advisors.

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) Is Pleased To Announce The Appointment of Michael Arlen To The Board of Directors

Michael Arlen is focused on helping PMC raise greater awareness of mesothelioma.

Michael ArlenLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, U.S., August 1, 2017 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center, a division of the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Arlen to its Board of Directors. Michael is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in both business and serving on non-profit boards. He launched a local Los Angeles ad agency which, over the course of 16 years, grew into one of Los Angeles’ top billing ad agencies with offices in, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore & Mexico City. He also helped design and popularize the NIH’s emergency medical protocols for the treatment heart attacks for adults, children and neonates; and asthma guidelines. His pocket references helped usher-in triage-centric education in medical schools and provided coursework for allied healthcare professionals to become certified to deliver emergency care, including the administration of drugs, at the scene, before a patient was able to see a doctor. His latest company, NEWtritious develops functional foods, designed to make it easier for patients in healthcare facilities to receive their Daily Value of protein, essential vitamins and minerals.

Michael earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology at UCLA. He has served on the Boards of the American Lung Association for 12 years and Breathe LA for 14 years.

“I have great interest in PHLBI’s mission to advance medical research, as my family has been touched by illnesses of both the heart and the lung,” said Michael. “I feel very passionate about Board service and helping causes concerning health and wellness. I’m looking forward to learning more about how I can best be of service to the PHLBI.

“Michael has demonstrated diverse professional skill sets through the various companies he has founded and ran and has extensive experience in executive leadership at several national non-profits. I love his creativity and giving spirit and we are most fortunate that he has chosen our organization, and we all look forward to learning from him” said Rhonda Ozanian, chair of the board of directors at the PHLBI.

Pacific Meso Center’s “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride Raises Funds and Awareness for Mesothelioma Research

LOS ANGELES , CA, U.S., June 16, 2017 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) held its 5th annual “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, June 4. The ride, inspired by The Great Escape movie and starring actor, motorcycle enthusiast, and mesothelioma sufferer, Steve McQueen, is a unique event which honors those who have lost the fight against mesothelioma and raises money for research.

This year’s event enjoyed its biggest turnout ever! Over 200 riders participated and $78,657 was raised for mesothelioma research. For the first time, the ride kicked off from two locations-Top Rocker Harley-Davidson in Canoga Park and Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson in Lancaster. Officers from All Cities Transportation Company escorted riders out of Los Angeles with zero stops—a true luxury for riders accustomed to LA gridlock. From there, all roads led to the “twisties” and breathtaking vistas of Angeles Crest Highway on the way to historic Newcomb’s Ranch.
Riders were joined by a cast of celebrity riders, including actor/model, Fabio, Shades of Blue actor Antonio Jaramillo, American Crime actor Clayton Cardenas, and CHiPS star Larry Wilcox. Fabio, who returned for the third year as Celebrity Grand Marshal, summed up the experience, “I had a great time, it’s such a beautiful ride, one of the most beautiful rides in California”.

Things heated up at Newcomb’s Ranch where riders were joined by supporters who drove up to be part of the event and make a difference for mesothelioma sufferers. “The Sidemen” kept the event rocking with a lively mix of classic rock and blues. Fred and his crew at Newcomb’s rolled out an amazing taco lunch which many enjoyed with cold craft beer donated by Bend, Oregon brewery, Worthy Brewing. An array of vendors were there with a unique mix of items ranging from motorcycle gear to Italian ices. Also on display were over 50 raffle items including gourmet dinners, a vacation getaway to the Glen Tavern Inn, motorcycle gear, and so much more generously donated by sponsors.
With the addition of the second starting location, riders from all over Southern California were able to participate in this worthwhile event. “Motorcycle riders love the freedom of being on their bikes and going to out of the way places like Newcomb’s Ranch,” said John Caron of presenting sponsor, Worthington & Caron Asbestos Law Firm, “so it’s no surprise that more and more riders show up every year to help those who have lost their freedom to mesothelioma.”
PMC thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Greatest Escape, along with all the volunteers and sponsors who make this unique event possible.


PMC Clinical Research Study Uses Fitness Device to Monitor Patient’s Recovery After Surgery


The student intern program at PHLBI was established in 2016 to allow students to have on the site training at PHLBI’s in-house laboratory.  When students are not assisting Lead Researcher Ray Wong they are encouraged to engage in their own research projects.  One such project is clinical research centered on measuring a patient’s recovery after surgery led by student intern Blair Kimble.  Kimble has worked closely with PHLBI staff to recruit patients and monitor their recovery by loaning them FitBit devices that in turn will monitor how much activity they are getting, how much they are sleeping, what their heart rate is, and other valuable health information items on the patient.  Below Kimble discusses her project at greater length including what she hopes the research will ultimately demonstrate.

About the Study

When a surgery is successful, its success is not determined as the incisions are closed up. A surgery is a success when the patient has a smooth recovery and can return back to their daily lives. The comfort and recovery of a patient is a top priority for physicians, but the amount of time available every day to evaluate that recovery is incredibly limited. In having such a small window in which to evaluate a patients progress, a physician may not be able to see everything relevant.

With PHLBI’s newest clinical research project, we have designed a way we hope to measure patient recovery. In giving patients a Fitbit® activity monitor, we are able to collect data about their walking, their heart rate, and their sleep both before and after surgery. Using their data from before surgery as a baseline for their activity, we are then able to track how quickly they return to that normal baseline after surgery.

This research investigates some of the first quantitative measures of surgical patient recovery ever collected. Until now, recovery has been evaluated subjectively, but with objective data, we may be able to correlate certain kinds of physiological factors with a faster discharge from the hospital and smooth recovery after going home from the hospital. We expect that constant monitoring of patients in a quantitative, objective manner will be a more reliable and complete representation of their recovery than anything that has been collected before.

We are currently in the pilot portion of the research, focusing on making sure the data collected is accurate. We plan to soon move on to running a randomized trial where some patients will get access to their activity data measured by the Fitbit® and some will not. This will allow us to compare the pace of recovery between those who get feedback and those who not and hopefully show that the quantitative data is motivating for patients. We hope to ultimately demonstrate that with an activity monitor, we can help patients recover to their own baseline of activity faster and return to their daily life.

About the Author


Blair Kimble is a third year undergraduate student at UCLA. She has been working at PHLBI for two years and has spent one year developing this clinical research. She also does immunotherapy research and plans to apply to medical school this summer. Blair practices martial arts and loves to cook.

Two New Board Members Join The Pacific Mesothelioma Center to Help Fight Mesothelioma

Kellie Sutherland (2)

LOS ANGELES, April 10th 2017 – The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI), a division of which is the Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC), has announced the appointment of Kellie Sutherland and Joseph Garland to its board of directors.

Kellie, an engineer who has worked with Northrop-Grumman for the past nine years, received her Masters of Arts in Organization Management and a Bachelors of Science in Business Management at the University of Phoenix. Kellie has volunteered for the Institute for the last 2 years, arranging health fairs and lunch meetings to raise awareness for mesothelioma and has headed up a Northrop- Grumman walk team each year. She is appointed to the role of Secretary of the Board.

“I was impressed with this organization from the very beginning and that is why I have carried a banner for them. Now I am more than excited about being part of this board at this important time for the Institute as they make big strides in their mesenchymal stem cell research” said Kellie. I am honored to be working with such an amazing and dedicated team”.

Joseph Garland (21)The second appointment to the board is Joseph Garland, who is the Managing Partner and CEO at Centennial Harvest Group. Joseph has over 20 years in healthcare. He is board certified in Healthcare management and holds the distinction of Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives.

He received an MBA in Health Services Management at Keller Graduate School of Management and a Masters in Health Administration from USC. Joseph is committed to advancing public health while improving Healthcare organization’s outcomes and sustainability.

“What interests me most about committing my time and energy to PHLBI is their mission and commitment to health advancements through research and innovation, and as such I feel the PMC’s mission is a good fit for me” Joseph stated.

“We are delighted with the appointment of both these dedicated and passionate individuals to the board of directors at a crucial time as we move forward in our fight to defeat mesothelioma”, said Rhonda Ozanian, chair of the board of directors at the PMC.

Fabio Returns as Celebrity Grand Marshal for the 5th Annual “The Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride


Model Fabio Returns as Celebrity Grand Marshal for the 5th Annual “The Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride for Mesothelioma Research in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFONIA , USA, April 4, 2017 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC) at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) is thrilled to announce the fifth annual “The Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride, proudly presented by Asbestos Injury Law Firm Worthington & Caron, P.C. The ride will be on Sunday June 4, 2017 and, for the first time ever, will start at two locations: Top Rocker Harley Davidson in Canoga Park and Antelope Valley Harley Davidson in Lancaster. The escorted ride will follow routes through beautiful Angeles National Forrest, concluding at historic Newcomb’s Ranch on Angeles Crest Highway. The event benefits victims of mesothelioma, a devastating cancer caused by asbestos that disproportionally affects veterans who were exposed to asbestos while serving their country.

Both starting locations will open for check-in, registration, and refreshments at 8:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. it’s “kickstands up” as riders are escorted on their way to the twisting and scenic roads of Angeles National Forrest. Riders will be joined by Celebrity Grand Marshal Fabio, along with a host of celebrities including Larry Wilcox of CHiP’s, Sons of Anarchy actor Rusty Coones, Mayans M.C. actor Antonio Jaramillo, Buffy the Vampire actress Kristy Swanson, and Olympic medalist Lloyd Eisler. All roads lead to Newcomb’s Ranch where riders will enjoy a BBQ lunch, refreshing Worthy Brewing craft beers, live music, raffle, and prizes valued at thousands of dollars. K-Earth 101 Morning Show DJ, Gary Bryan, will serve as emcee for the festivities at the Ranch.

Inspired by “The Great Escape” movie and its star, motorcycle enthusiast Steve McQueen who lost his own battle with mesothelioma in 1980, the ride brings hundreds of riders and non-riders together to honor those who fought valiantly against mesothelioma, support those currently fighting the disease, and raise money for research into a cure.

Celebrity model Fabio states “I am honored to once again serve as Grand Marshal for the Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride to benefit the Pacific Mesothelioma Center. It is a great event for an important cause and I look forward to seeing everyone out there on June 4th”.

The event is open to all–riders as well as non-riders who simply want to join the fun. The registration fee is $35 for riders and $15 for passengers who register online by June 3, 2017. On-site registration is an additional $5. The fee includes a ride pin, bandanna, lunch, entertainment, and parking. For non-riders tickets are $20 for lunch, entertainment, and parking. To register, visit To sponsor this event, contact Clare Cameron at (310) 478-4678 or email All proceeds will go towards mesothelioma research and improving the quality of life for victims of mesothelioma.

About Us: Established in 2002, PHLBI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution. The PMC, a division of the PHLBI, is focused on the treatment and prevention of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The PMC serves a growing number of mesothelioma victims by supporting the nation’s first-of-its-kind research lab which provides laboratory-to-the bedside research that improves mesothelioma victims’ lives and longevity.


Global Images USA Presents An Exclusive Showing of Original Photographic Works & Cocktail Party Event

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pacific Mesothelioma Center for its innovative mesothelioma research.

Global Images USALOS ANGELES, CA, U.S., January 17, 2017 / — On Wednesday, January 25th Global Images USA will host an art gallery viewing and cocktail evening showcasing iconic works from world-renowned photographers at a private Hollywood Hills residence (7044 Los Tilos Ave, Los Angeles, 90068) from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful art works, great company, and award-winning locally brewed beer and cocktails. A portion of proceeds from the sale of these art pieces benefit The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC), a nonprofit medical research institute that focuses on innovative mesothelioma research. Mesothelioma is a devastating form of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos and commonly affects the lining of the chest– the pleura.

This event is geared towards art collectors, photography fans, and old Hollywood aficionados. The prints and original art works for sale cover a broad spectrum of themes, offering something of interest for everyone. The eclectic assortment includes high fashion prints, intimate portraits, behind the scenes of the old Hollywood elite, aerial photography, and conceptual oil and acrylic paintings. There is no admission fee to attend the party. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase these works through a silent auction with a minimum bid and a buy-out option. The lists of artists whose works will be for sale include Helmut Newton, Frank Worth, David LaChapelle, Timothy White, Daniel Furon, Arney Freytag, Stephan Wayda, Ann McFerran, and many more. Additionally, some of the artists will be present at the event, offering perspective and background on their work and personally signing their sold prints.

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center’s Executive Director Clare Cameron shared “We are excited to partake in this wonderful event that brings together the art and the nonprofit world. Furthermore, we are delighted that Global Images USA thought of including us in this lovely evening,” she concluded.

About Global Images USA:
Global Images USA’s goal is to provide high quality, iconic images that complement any taste, location, or budget and provide great customer and artist experience. Their collections have been carefully selected to elicit an emotion that resonates with everyone and are excellently displayed in someone’s home, office, or as a gift.