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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 /EINPresswire.com/ — 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: http://www.phlbi.org/5k-walk-for-mesothelioma/ .

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”.

 

5th Annual 5K Walk/Hike for Meso Raises Over $122,000 for Mesothelioma Research

5th Annual 5K Walk / Hike for Meso Raises Over $122,000 for Mesothelioma ResearchLOS ANGELES, CA , U.S., November 17, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Pacific Mesothelioma Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute celebrated the fifth anniversary of its annual 5K Walk/Hike for Meso on Oct. 23rd 2016, at the Paramount Ranch. With over 350 walkers, the event raised $122,000 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. Twenty four 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 free T-shirt before leaving on the 5K or 1-mile hike.

The walkers had an opportunity to test their memory skills by remembering the many “meso awareness” statements dotted around the course. The first 10 correct answers received AMC movie tickets.

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 VIP LA Dodgers 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, and a Powerball at Captain’s Treasure Chest by Team Ganoe.

Many walk to honor those they have lost to this devastating disease. Returning walker Jennipher Baeza states “Research for this cancer is extremely underfunded, and by walking, not only do we raise money for research, we also raise awareness. My dad, like many others, suffered in a way that no one should have to, and I hope one day that no family or individual has to live through the devastating effects of mesothelioma. I participate in this walk each year because I made a promise to my dad before he passed away that I will continue his fight”.

The 5th Annual 5K Walk for Mesothelioma Recap

By: Christina McSherry

Sunday, October 23rd at The Paramount Ranch

img_3902The Pacific Mesothelioma Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute celebrated the 5th anniversary of its annual 5K Walk for Mesothelioma on October 23rd at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills.  The 5k walk for mesothelioma, the only annual nonprofit walk for mesothelioma, was created by Executive Director Clare Cameron in 2012.  Her vision for the walk was clear … unite the mesothelioma community and support them by bringing greater awareness to this little known cancer, and in addition, raise funds for research that could impact current and future generations of mesothelioma patients. Over the years the walk has fostered a community.  The PMC walk unites this community with the knowledge that, we, the sufferers of mesothelioma friends and families, walk with them through this battle both figuratively and literally.

Volunteer Set-up

img_3878The Paramount Ranch was dark and still the early morning of October 23rd as volunteers arrived to help set up for the 5K Walk for Mesothelioma, the Old Western Town illuminated by the retreating moon.  Navy volunteers, of Feet Squadron 55, hailing all the way from Point Mugu, set the productive tone for the morning, energetically unloading trucks, as well as setting up tables and tents.  At around 7 am preparations started at the depot area of the ranch.  Volunteers left to mark the trail with signs, set up banners, and help vendors such as David’s Tea, Northrup Grumman, and Mike’s Mustache set up.

 

Registrants Start to Arrive

img_3871Once registrants started to arrive the atmosphere mood shifted suddenly from that of an event setup to one of a mini reunion of sorts. Families sought out other family members, friends looked for each other, and teams congregated outside the Pavilion at the ranch. Many are returning walkers, inspired to walk to honor a family member or friend afflicted with mesothelioma or one who has sadly since passed from the disease. They return because they want to help raise funds for the innovative research and services at The Pacific Mesothelioma Center led by Dr. Robert Cameron, in the hope that a cure for mesothelioma will one day be discovered. Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare cancer that receives a disproportionate level of funding and research to that of more common cancers hence why the need for research is so great.

The 5K Walk Begins 

dsc00406After teams checked in, received their t-shirts, and posed for their team photos they were entertained by the lively tunes of The Six Billion Dollar Band.  Walkers set off on their 5k or 1k walk a little after 10 a.m. with the song “I Would Walk 500 Miles” by the Proclaimers performed in the background.  . At this point the cool morning clouds produced a brief rain drizzle, stopping as abruptly as it started minutes before.  Teams encouraged each other and remained resilient invigorated by their reason for walking.

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For those who could not walk but were there to support the event a Bingo game was started with fabulous prizes.  While the teams were walking they passed pictures commemorating those who bravely battled mesothelioma and have since passed. They also passed signs listing information about mesothelioma and asbestos that they might not have already known. Walkers began returning around 11 a.m. and were presented with medals by volunteers to honor their accomplishment. Upon returning people began their Mesothelioma Quiz which asked them questions revolving around the information signs they passed on their walk. The first ten people who answered all questions correctly won AMC movie passes.

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Lunch, Vendors, and The International Tissue Bank for Research Blood Bank

After all of the teams returned, a delectable lunch was served by local Agoura Hills favorite Italia’s Deli.  Walkers enjoyed a lovely spread including chicken parmigiana, vegetable lasagna, pear salad, and delicious bread rolls.  Around the Pavilion vendors such as Monster Energy Drink and David’s Tea were offering energy drinks, and tea while engaging those around them.  The PMC International Tissue Bank for Research, overseen by PMC Nurse Practitioner Lien Hua-Feng, collected blood donations from well-intention walkers.  Delicious macaroons donated by Duverger served as the perfect dessert treat.

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Opportunity Drawing, Powerball, and Live Auction

dsc00424The morning quickly rolled into the afternoon and soon the event festivities began.  Honorary Mayor of Woodland Hills, the always humorous Dennis Zine, introduced speakers such as Executive Director Clare Cameron, Scientific Advisor Dr. Robert B. Cameron, as well as PMC Scientific Researcher, Raymond Wong Ph.D.  The opportunity drawing, Powerball, and the live auction began soon after the speeches were over. A priceless LA Dodgers package including 4 VIP seats and “kids take the field” experience went to the highest bidder. The Powerball included prizes such as a two night stay at the Hilton San Diego Resort, a one night stay at the Hyatt Regency, a diamond pendent and diamond earrings donated by Captain’s Treasure Chest, a weekend stay at The Chardonnay Lodge in Napa Valley, and a treasure trove of Pelican gear products.   The opportunity drawing roused the crowd as many checked to see if they had won prizes varying from restaurant gift certificates, getaways, gift baskets, and jewelry. When the final prize was drawn some despondent revelers turned to their neighbors and laughed about their misfortune and without missing a beat declared that next year would be their winning year!

Giving Thanks 

img_3856The 5th Annual Walk for Meso would not have been such a success without the participation and support of our walkers, our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor Worthington and Caron, and any and all who volunteered their time, services, and help for us to put on the best walk/hike possible. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s walk!

5 Yr Mesothelioma Survivor Shares His Inspiring Story

Terry Latham 5yr Mesothelioma Survivor at the 4th Annual 5K Walk for Meso

4th Annual 5K Walk for Meso [Terry Latham]

Terry Latham shared the remarkable story of his five year survival with mesothelioma at our 4th Annual 5K Walk for Mesothelioma. His speech, which can be listened to below, provided hope to many patients and their families in attendance.

When Terry found out he had mesothelioma in 2010 he felt a mix of emotions.

“It puts you in shock when a doctor sits across from you and tells you that you have cancer; when they say you have mesothelioma and you know its incurable you really go into fear” said Latham.

Terry shared how his mind was telling him that he would die while at the same time he was planning to retire and take his wife traveling.

Latham was directed to Dr. Robert Cameron who was able to treat Terry and prolong his life. Five years after being diagnosed with mesothelioma he admits that there are times he struggles and that he cannot always do the things he wants to do but he holds onto hope because he has Dr. Cameron by his side.

“ I know this disease can return but I also know I have Dr. Cameron to guide me ….I’ve lived now since someone looked me in the eye and said you have mesothelioma  …. for 5 years 3 months 3 days and 4 hours.” said Latham.

He maintained that he will continue to fight to live and not let mesothelioma deter him from experiencing life.