Giving Hope and Time
Dana & Jessica
Dear Friends:

While we are waiting out the winter apocalypse, 2019 is shaping up to be a year of milestones! it begins in a good way, with a new chapter for Lazarex Cancer Foundation.

Sixteen years ago my brother in law Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I learned firsthand about the hurdles advanced stage cancer patients face in regards to clinical trial participation: the prohibitive out of pocket expenses and the challenges of finding, or being referred to, a clinical trial. That experience sowed the seeds for Lazarex Cancer Foundation to help over 4,000 cancer patients seeking life through clinical trial participation with financial and trial navigation assistance since 2007.

However, this noble undertaking does not solve the problem at its source. We need a sustainable solution at the industry level. Since 2013 we've been working to bring together academia, medicine, policy makers, industry, public health and community organizations to work on a solution. The result is the Lazarex IMPACT ( IM proving P atient A ccess to Cancer C linical T rials) Program, a comprehensive approach to improve patient enrollment, retention, minority participation and equitable access in oncology trials.

I am thrilled to report that the IMPACT Program will officially launch in California this spring at two institutions: UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. IMPACT will also launch in Pennsylvania in the 2nd half of 2019. Many thanks to AMGEN who stepped in as the Founding IMPACT Sponsor with a grant to fund the first year of the program.

It's been a long haul and we are deeply grateful for your support along way. It is still needed, we have a lot of patients that we are assisting! Together we will continue to work towards our vision that everyone affected by cancer will have hope, dignity, support and the most advanced treatments made available to them at all stages of their journey.
 
Warmest Regards,
Dana Dornsife, Founder
2019 Program Summary

Lazarex CARE - Daily direct patient advocacy, clinical trial navigation and out-of-pocket clinical trial expense reimbursement program.

IMPACT - IM proving P atient A ccess to Cancer C linical T rials – Institutional Comprehensive Cancer Center program to increase clinical trial enrollment, retention, and minority participation in cancer clinical trials and create a sustainable platform for equitable access.

Community IMPACT - (pilot) Community outreach and engagement public health initiative in the poorest neighborhoods of Philadelphia aimed at building a replicable program to improve cancer and overall health outcomes. 

Thank you! We Surpassed Our Goal of $100,000
for our 2018 Year End Appeal!
Drum role please... With the $100,000 gift match we've raised $206,000!

Your support has been matched up to $100,000 by a very generous donor. That's a lot of love! That's a lot of trips to clinical trial treatments.
Very Important Patient Updates:
Elly's Story

A different kind of love story.

Diagnosed with stage 2 neuroblastoma as an infant, Ellie's parents believed she was cancer free until four years later when they learned her cancer had progressed to stage 4. Today Ellie is 8, and her prognosis has taken a miraculous turn.

Your support helps Elly continue to get the clinical trial treatment that has her cancer in remission.
Join Us or Host a Lazarex 5.44K
in your neighborhood!
WHERE:  YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD and Danville, CA 
WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2019

This is fun! This is easy! We have cute t-shirts for people and bandannas for your furry friends! Our goal is for people nationwide to join us in completing a distance of 5.44K to support cancer patients in the fight for their lives. Join us at the Lazarex office in Danville or do a 5.44K in your neighborhood.This is a family friendly event, kids and pets are welcome. Lazarex patients (current and former) participate for free. Contact Us for the code before you register.
5.44K = 3.38 Miles

We chose 5.44K  (3.38 miles) because our patients travel an average of 544 miles for their cancer treatments.

5.44K in YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: You can do a 5.44K from anywhere and we would LOVE IT if you did! Last year we had 10 states and 2 countries participate! Contact Us to learn more about a hosting a 5.44K in your neighborhood.
Lazarex Fun Fact
2019 Big Sur International Marathon

Run with Team Lazarex and help cancer patients say YES! to treatments that can extend or save their lives.

We still have a few bibs for the full marathon and the 11 miler!
About Lazarex Cancer Foundation

We improve the outcome of cancer care, giving hope, dignity and life to advanced stage cancer patients and the medically underserved by providing assistance with costs for FDA clinical trial participation, navigation through clinical trial options, community outreach and engagement. To learn more, please contact us at 925.820.4517, toll-free at 877.866.9523, or visit us at  www.lazarex.org .