The Pacific Mesothelioma Center Showcases It’s Mesothelioma Research at Holiday Open House

The nonprofit medical research institute is hosting its annual holiday open house on December 6th at its in-house research lab in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, November 30, 2017 / — Fresh off the heels of its successful 5K Walk for Mesothelioma, The Pacific Mesothelioma Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) is excited to celebrate the holidays at the annual PMC Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the PMC office in Los Angeles. The annual open house showcases the innovative research conducted at PMC at their in-house research laboratory. Attendees will be able to meet the PMC researchers, learn about the exciting research taking place in the lab, eat delicious food from French- Moroccan eatery Chez Marie, and watch student interns perform live demonstrations.

The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit medical research institute that is trying to find better treatment options for diseases of the heart, lung, and blood including mesothelioma- a devastatingly under-researched and underfunded cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. The PHLBI operates two laboratories, one at its office on Santa Monica Blvd and the other, The Punch Worthington lab. at UCLA. The PHLBI’s current focus is on engineering mesenchymal stem cells to be used in combination with immunotherapy to treat a variety of cancers including mesothelioma.

The open house is being held at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute’s office in Los Angeles (10780 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA, 90025) and will start at 12 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. Individuals new to the PHLBI are encouraged to attend so they can learn more about the institute, it’s exciting research, meet the researchers, and learn about the events held throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for research, including the 5K Annual Walk/Hike and The Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride.

For more information about the Holiday Open House, please contact Clare Cameron at (310)-478-4678, or email to

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


The 6th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Meso Raises Over $160,000 for Mesothelioma Research

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 1, 2017 / — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute marked its 6th annual 5K Walk/Hike for Mesothelioma on Oct 22nd, 2017, at the Paramount Ranch. With over 350 walkers, the event raised $160,495 to find better treatments for malignant pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos-related form of cancer. Mesothelioma affects almost 3,000 people in the US each year, one-third of whom are veterans.

Presented by Worthington & Caron, P.C, the event brought together people who can personally relate to the cause. Thirty-two teams, consisting of family members and friends of those who have mesothelioma, as well as supporting organizations and individual walkers, gathered at the park at 9 a.m. for check-in and team photos. Each registrant received a complimentary T-shirt, fruit products generously donated by Dole, and sunscreen before leaving on the 5K or 1-mile hike.

After the walk, participants enjoyed a catered lunch by local Agoura Hills favorite Italia Deli. The event also offered David’s Tea, Duverger Macaroons, Monster energy drinks, Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice and a concert by The Six Billion Dollar Band. The live auction featured items such as a photo safari for two in South Africa and a Maui luxury package. The silent auction and opportunity drawing featured items such as gift baskets, dining and adventure certificates and weekend getaways.

Prior to the day of the event, participants were also encouraged to fundraise on their own and compete for an engraved “Top Fundraising Team” award. Besides asking for donations, some teams took a creative route in raising their funds and awareness for the cause, such as a Pasta Party by Team Jarvis, a bake sale at UCLA for Team Cameron’s Cruisers, and a Powerball at Captain’s Treasure Chest by Team Ganoe. The top fundraising team, Double Nickels, led by team captain Cubby Winkel raised over $19,000 for mesothelioma research. Cubby Winkel walks to support his wife, Judy Winkel, a brave mesothelioma warrior.

Many walk to honor those they have lost to this devastating disease. Returning walker Philip Prokop states “I’m glad that my team and I were able to participate again in this year’s walk. It shows support from everyone there, that they appreciate the efforts that The Pacific Mesothelioma Center and Dr. Cameron and his staff are doing. I will continue to support and help any way that I can.” PMC supporter Courtney Erhart added “The Meso walk is a tradition to celebrate and remember my Mom by walking with people that loved her. It’s also a way to support families who are going through or have gone through similar challenges. It’s a terrible disease and every step towards a cure is a step worth taking”.

Donations for the 5K Walk for Mesothelioma are still being accepted at

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

The 7th International Symposium on Mesothelioma: Meet the Speakers Part Two

L-R: Jacques P. Fontaine, MD, Arti Shukla, PhD, Brian Cunniff, PhD, and David S. Schrump, MD, MBA,FACS

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center and UCLA will host the 7th International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma on Saturday, September 30th at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center.  Mesothelioma experts from around the world will convene to discuss the latest research and treatment options for mesothelioma.  Meet some of the international speakers below.  For more information on additional speakers click here


The Symposium’s Distinguished Panel Includes:


Jacques Fontaine, MD, Dr. Fontaine received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal and completed his general surgery residency at Boston University. In 2006, he graduated as chief resident in thoracic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fontaine began his thoracic surgery practice at the University of Montreal but was then recruited to become a part of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Brown Medical School in Providence, RI. He was in charge of developing a thoracic surgery program at one of Brown University’s teaching hospitals. In 2011, Dr. Fontaine joined Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, one of the top three largest cancer centers in the United States based on patient volume. Dr. Fontaine has a keen interest in mesothelioma, lung and esophageal cancers. He is the Section Head of the Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center. He has developed an expertise in robotic surgery and is the Program Director for Moffitt’s Robotic Thoracic Fellowship Program.


Arti Shukla, PhD, Arti Shukla, has a MS and PhD in Biochemistry from Banaras Hindu University in India. Her present research interest lies in studying cell signaling mechanisms of asbestos fibers-induced lung diseases including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Shukla and her team are exploring asbestos-induced signaling mechanisms in human mesothelial cells as well as in different mesothelioma cell lines to be targeted by different anti-cancer drugs in combination with pathway inhibitors. The current focus of their group is to demonstrate the role of inflammation with special emphasis on inflammasomes in malignant mesothelioma pathogenesis. The goal is to reveal the role of inflammasomes in development of asbestos–induced mesothelioma and to manipulate them to develop potential therapeutic strategies for malignant mesothelioma.


Brian Cunniff, PhD, Brian Cunniff is a Faculty Scientist in the Department of Pathology at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine. His research focuses on how changes in mitochondrial structure and function influence signaling pathways that contribute to tumor cell survival, proliferation and migration. Additionally, Dr. Cunniff has a deep interest in identifying, characterizing and targeting metabolic pathways that are universal among cancer types for the treatment of intractable tumors such as malignant mesothelioma using in vivo, biochemical and imaging tools.


David S. Schrump, MD, MBA, FACS Dr. Schrump is Senior Investigator, and Co-Chief of the Thoracic and GI Oncology Branch at the National Cancer Institute. In addition to maintaining an active thoracic surgery practice, he oversees clinical and translational research pertaining to thoracic and gastrointestinal malignancies, including the development of innovative molecular approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of these neoplasms. He has pioneered the development of epigenomic therapies for thoracic cancers. Using unique in-vitro models and correlative experiments with surgical specimens, he has characterized epigenetic responses to tobacco and other environmental carcinogens, and identified novel therapeutic targets in lung and esophageal cancers and pleural mesotheliomas that are now being evaluated in early phase clinical trials at the NCI. Dr. Schrump graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Chicago, as well as a 3-year research fellowship in Human Cancer Immunology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Thereafter, he completed a Thoracic Surgery residency at the University of Michigan, and was a member of the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department at MD Anderson Cancer Center prior to his recruitment to the NCI in 1997.



If you would like attend the symposium click here to register. Registration fees before September 6th are
  • Physicians :$150
  • Nurses :$100
  • Family & Patients:$75
  • Students:$25
  • Legal Profession:$400
All physicians and nurses attending will receive continuing medical education (CME) course credit. Patients and families are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Breakfast, lunch and coffee included in registration fee.

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.


The 5th Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride for Mesothelioma Research

Greatest Escape Motorcycle Ride Mesothelioma

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute held its most successful “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride thus far! This event welcomed people of all ages to ride up to Newcomb’s Ranch, or meet there and enjoy a day full of live music, food, and more importantly…fundraising! This year the motorcycle ride took off from two locations, including the Top Rocker Harley Davidson in Canoga Park and the Antelope Valley Harley Davidson.

Presented by Asbestos Law Firm Worthington & Caron, P.C., this event helped raise money to find improved treatments for malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is an asbestos-related form of cancer. Unfortunately, this rare form of cancer affects around 3,000 people in the U.S. every year and has no known cure. Our goal for this event, and for every event, is to bring together families and friends in memory of the victims of mesothelioma and to raise money for new research and treatments.

Starting the day off…

_X9A3881The day began around 8:30, when registration began at the Top Rocker Harley Davidson and 9:30am for the Antelope Valley Harley Davidson location. While the riders started flowing into the locations, Jack FM set up in the background playing some pre-ride tunes to get the riders and volunteers excited for the day ahead of them! The wonderful staff at Top Rocker Harley Davidson cooked up some delicious pancakes and sausages and handed them out while the riders signed in, received their ride bandanas and pins, and even purchased the new “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride T-Shirts. Once everyone had received their pancake breakfast and their “Greatest Escape” apparel, it was time to head out. The ACT ride escort, Mike Carrillo, then began explaining the rules of the road for the ride and other important information for the riders to have a safe and fun experience. Clare Cameron, the executive director of PHLBI, gave one final thanks before the riders departed. Finally, it was time for the ride! Our celebrity riders; Fabio, Antonio Jaramillo, Clayton Cardenas, & Larry Wilcox took the lead with the other participants right at their tail!

_X9A3992By the time the riders arrived at Newcomb’s ranch, owned by the wonderful and generous Fred Rundell, the volunteers had the location set and ready for the exciting day ahead of them! K-Earth 101 played some upbeat tunes while the riders rolled in and wandered around, the vendors set up around the ranch, such as Rick’s Knives and Commache Motors. The riders spent around an hour enjoying the weather and shopping around the vendors and purchasing raffle tickets for the afternoon raffle. Around 12pm, The Side Men began to play some live music while the riders lined up for their taco lunch.

Riders were able to sip on some delicious craft beer donated by Worthy Brewing and plenty of water donated by Sparkletts! We also had another one of our generous sponsors, Monster Energy, handing out free drinks to the attendees. These sponsors as well as Capital Group     and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys were a joy to work with and we couldn’t have made the event happen without them.

_X9A4207Once lunch was served, Clare Cameron thanked everyone for coming, including the guest celebrities such as our Grand Marshal and heart throb Fabio, Shades of Blue Antonio Jaramillo, CHiPS star Larry Wilcox, and American Crime Clayton Cardenas. Finally, it was time for the live auction and raffle drawings! The riders and other attendees finished up their last minute raffle ticket placing and took a seat while the volunteers began calling out raffle winners. This year we had incredible prizes for the raffle and live auctions worth thousands of dollars, and a few that could even be considered priceless (such as a safari adventure!). The raffle and live auction was the closing event of the day, and once it was over the band started to play its final set and the volunteers and vendors began cleaning up.

Thank You!


Lastly, the 5th Annual “Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride, wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without the help from our volunteers, riders, and families and friends. Another HUGE thanks to our Title Sponsor, Worthington & Caron, our Platinum Sponsor Capital Group, our Bronze Sponsor Russ Brown, our Media Sponsors including K-Earth 101, 94.7 The Wave, Jack FM, KNX, and last but not least our Product Sponsors, including Top Rocker HD, Antelope Valley HD, Worthy Brewing, Sparkletts, Tourmaster, and PDC! We couldn’t have done this ride without your time and hard work…We are so excited to see you again at the next ride!


About The Author

Emily Ozanian is a rising junior at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been interning at PHLBI for the summer and is interested in pursuing more non-profit work once she graduates in 2019. She’s currently studying business marketing and plans on attending graduate school once she receives her undergraduate degree.