As part of a campaign to raise $1 million dollars for asbestos cancer research,
Roger G. Worthington recently donated $500,000 to the Pacific Heart, Lung,
& Blood Institute (PHLBI), a non profit medical foundation (www.phlbi.org ).
The donation will help launch the Punch Worthington Research Lab, which
is dedicated to Roger Worthington's late father, who recently passed
away from asbestos-cancer. The funds will be used to conduct research
on therapies for mesothelioma. In addition, in conjunction with the Asbestos
Workers Union, PHLBI is planning to design and implement a clinical trial
that will investigate whether certain drugs, such as celebrex, may reduce
the risk of asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma. The Punch Worthington
lab will be managed by Dr. Robert Cameron, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at
UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
"Victims and potential victims of asbestos-related cancer of the lung
and pleura now for the first time have real hope that novel treatment
options will be identified, investigated, and quickly developed into meaningful
life-sustaining therapies." said Dr. Cameron. "Also, for the
first time in the history of modern medicine, prevention strategies for
these horrific diseases will be actively pursued and fostered. This unique
program is made possible only through the inspiration of visionary scientists
as embodied by David "Punch" Worthington, the insight of institutions,
such as the Pacific Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute and UCLA School
of Medicine, as well as the incredible generosity and compassion of exceptional
individuals, such as Ann and Roger Worthington. The "Punch"
Worthington Research Laboratory (PWR Lab) truly brings real POWER to the
fight against asbestos-related cancers."
For more information, please see www.phlbi.org or call Roger Worthington
at 800 831 9399.