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Lazarex News | 10.26.16
Giving Hope and Time
Message from Our President
Dear Friends:

You’ll notice that the format of our newsletter has changed! We are shortening the content, and in January 2017, we’ll start providing monthly updates to deliver you news that is current. There is a lot happening here at Lazarex Cancer Foundation ....

As you read on, please be assured that no donor dollars are expended in our efforts to influence policy at the state and federal levels. All donor funds are directed to our patient program services.

I have great news to share! On September 26, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law CA Assembly Bill AB1823 authored by Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla and Marie Waldron and sponsored by Lazarex. This law recognizes the financial barriers faced by cancer patients in clinical trials and establishes the California Cancer Clinical Trials Program to increase access to cancer clinical trials for all patients, especially women and underrepresented communities. Additionally, this law establishes an easier process for industry donors, such as pharmaceutical and biotech firms, to donate to organizations such as Lazarex who are supporting patient access to clinical trials. This is a huge step in the right direction towards taking some of the burden off the shoulders of cancer patients.

The notable headlines in politics do not stop there. Representatives Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15) and Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) recently collaborated with Lazarex Cancer Foundation to lead a bipartisan effort on the hill to improve access to cancer clinical trials. In a letter to the FDA, Sessions and Swalwell headed a group of an additional 15 House Members outlining that explicit guidelines must be established to assure that non-government sponsors will have more ideal opportunities to aid the unrepresented cancer patients looking to participate in clinical trials.

Not only do I want to personally thank the Honorables Jerry Brown, Susan Bonilla, Marie Waldron, Eric Swalwell, and Pete Sessions, but I would also like to express my appreciation to our donors and supporters who go unnoticed by the media and the public eye. You do not go unnoticed by us! Every bit of funding helps, and you all are the engine behind this train that continues to move full steam ahead. I am proud to be surrounded by so many change agents for cancer care.

With love,


Meet Christy Mattey,
flight attendant, cancer survivor

Christy Mattey

This month’s VIP (very important patient) story is about Christy Mattey.

We had the pleasure of getting to know Christy for two and a half years as she battled an advanced stage of aggressive breast cancer in a trial with 21 other cancer patients. The most amazing news from the trial is that each member that participated in the full clinical trial is currently cancer free!

This is one more example of the world of good your dollars do for our patients. Click the link above to read Christy’s victorious, personal story.

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Hope doesn’t take a vacation just because we’re not having a gala ...

Ready? Set? DONATE!

Have you been looking for a special way to support Lazarex? For the month of October, we are hosting a fundraising drive called the Lazarex Un-event Event. You can donate from the comfort of your own home (pajamas are fine as attire!), just as you would if you were attending one of our Galas. There are many patients out there who need our help and for them, we ask for your help.

Please help up raise as much as we possibly can for our first ever Lazarex Un-event Event! Please donate by October 31st.

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A Guided Lab Tour at
UCSF for Our Generous
Donors is a Hit


On September 28, we held a private presentation and lab tour in the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building at UCSF for a small group of our donors and sponsors. Dr. Pamela Munster, MD, director of UCSF’s early phase clinical trials, gave us a compelling presentation that reinforced how increasing the number and diversity of patients who participate in clinical trials is the key to promising cancer breakthroughs. This emphasized the value of Lazarex’s role in getting patients into clinical trials. Additionally, Steve Thomas, UCSF scientist, provided us with the fascinating background behind a new product in development to help prevent breast cancer.

Our guests were thoroughly engaged and came away with a greater appreciation for Lazarex and the program services that their funding supports. Read the full details and see pictures from the lab tour.

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2015 Annual Report Now Available

In an effort to keep our supporters up to date with all things Lazarex, we have created our first Lazarex Annual Report.

It provides a great overview of our growth and evolution since 2006, as well as an expansive view of Lazarex’s program services and activities (like IMPACT) to create a sustainable solution to problems of access to clinical trials for cancer patients. We hope you will find that the mix of stories, data, and infographics makes it both insightful and fun to read.

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Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

Join Us For the SOLD OUT Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”

As true as that statement from Obi-Wan Kenobi may ring, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. You still have a chance to run in the Star Wars 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon at Disneyland on January 12-15 that has already SOLD OUT to the public. Team for Life has just a few more spots open on our team in this rare opportunity to combine your passion for good health and Star Wars together.

Sign up now and may the force be with you!

If Star Wars isn’t your thing, we have plenty of other great endurance events you can join and fundraise for the Lazarex. Check out all the fun races on our Team for Life site.

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Lazarex Fun Fact

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The Lazarex name is part biblical reference to Lazarus (who was given another chance at life) and a nod to the clinical trial drug that was used to treat Mike Miller. Mike and his family’s cancer experience was the inspiration for Lazarex Cancer Foundation.


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 education. We believe that together we can build a bridge to hope. To learn more, please contact us at 925.820.4517, toll-free at 877.866.9523, or visit us at