Worthington & Caron, PC in association with Bartels' Harley-Davidson and
Pacific Meso Center is proud to present
The Greatest Escape, a memorial motorcycle ride to celebrate the 50th anniversary of
The Great Escape movie starring
Steve McQueen, whose life was cut short at the age of 50 on November 7, 1980 by malignant
McQueen's story is well known. After his
diagnosis in Los Angeles in 1979, McQueen eschewed conventional therapies for untested
nostrums in Mexico, such as laetrile, coffee enemas and cow fetus injections.
The Hollywood icon died soon after in 1980.
Join us Sunday, September 22, 2013 for a beautiful scenic ride on coastal
Pacific Coast Highway beginning at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson in Marina
Del Rey up to Sycamore Cove State Beach. The ride will be followed by
a delicious tri-tip lunch from Muddy's BBQ and concert by the Johnny
Cash Tribute Band,
The Walking Phoenixes.
You could say that Worthington & Caron wrote the book on how asbestos
killed Steve McQueen. In 2006,
Roger Worthington interviewed his widow, Barbara McQueen. Many have long speculated over
where and how Steve McQueen was exposed to asbestos. Steve never testified
in a deposition, but he did tell numerous reporters and friends about
his asbestos exposure. Before he died, he was asked by a friend, who tape
recorded the conversation, how he got his cancer. Steve's blunt answer
spoke for itself: "asbestos poisoning in my lungs, which is rare."
(Interview with Burgh Joy, clinical professor at UCLA, personal archives
of Barbara McQueen, 1980).
In addition, to mark the 25
th anniversary of his death, Roger donated the fee paid by a Hollywood movie
production company for the use of his home to mesothelioma medical research.
Roger donated the money equally between the Mesothelioma Applied Research
Foundation (ww.marf.org) and the
Pacific Meso Center, which will conduct research in the
Punch Worthington Laboratory.
Registration for single riders is $45 and $35 for passengers, which includes
lunch, the concert and a commemorative pin and bandana. Registration for
children under 12 is free and if you just want to come out for lunch and
a show, tickets are $20.
100% of all proceeds will go to the
Punch Worthington lab at UCLA and the Pacific Meso Centers lab on Santa Monica Blvd. for research
and development of improved therapies for the treatment of malignant pleural