Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Over $95,000 raised for Mesothelioma Research--Pacific Meso Center’s 3rd Annual Walk/Hike for Meso a Tremendous Success!

Team W&C members Jim Parnel,
Juniel Worthington, John and Suzanne
Caron, with PMC Exec. Dir. Clare
Cameron and Volunteers
Pacific Meso Center’s 3rd Annual Walk/Hike for Meso took place on Sunday, October 12th at the scenic Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. With the picture-perfect weather and impeccable organization by the event’s many volunteers, energy and anticipation were high.

The event was attended by several mesothelioma patients, as well as over 250 participants, many of whom are friends and family of persons whose lives have been rocked by mesothelioma. Each kilometer was marked with signs sponsored by families in memory of the loved ones affected by the disease. There were also mesothelioma and asbestos facts scattered throughout the course, and a quiz at the completion of the walk with prizes for the top scores. 

After finishing the challenging hike along five kilometers of dirt paths in the hills above the ranch, hikers were greeted with cheers, an assortment of cold beverages and the hot R&B sounds of Cherry & The Bulldogs. Hikers were then rewarded with a delicious lunch from Ottavio’s Italian Restaurant, donated by owner Noella Belvedere who lost her husband Ottavio to mesothelioma in 2007. Noella and her family are no strangers to the cause, having raised more than $120,000 for mesothelioma research over the years.


Along the Dusty Trail!

When the dust cleared, the event raised $95,000 for much-needed research into lung-sparing treatments for mesothelioma. This amount exceeded PMC’s goal for the event for the third year in a row, and donations are still coming in! Friends and family of Gene Lepore brought home the honors for top fundraising team with their team, Team Gigi, bringing in $8,015. They were followed by last year’s top fundraising team, Irish Stampede, with $6,952, and Team Chuck Jarvis repeated last year’s third-place performance with $6,909.

PMC Scientific Advisor
Dr. Robert Cameron
Thanking the Hikers for 
Supporting Meso Research
The Worthington & Caron law firm is proud to have been the lead sponsor of the PMC Hike for Meso for the third year in a row. “This is a unique event which brings together families and friends of persons afflicted with mesothelioma to share camaraderie and sense of mission in a beautiful outdoor setting,” commented Worthington & Caron partner John Caron. “The event gets bigger and bigger every year, and has already become a tradition for many of the families who participate.”

PMC’s Annual Walk/Hike for Meso is held in loving memory of Ottavio Belvedere, Bruce Bell, Mark Ganoe, Charles Jarvis, Sr., John Johnson, Gene Lepore, Gerry McCarthy, Kevin McCarthy, Rosa Gonzalez, Robert Vitale and to all those who have lost their battle with mesothelioma.