Friends of Warren Zevon benefit concert for asbestos disease awareness and research

November 16, 2007

December 8th Concert, Presented by Jones House Music, to Be Held at Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, CA – Featuring Tributes from Jordan Zevon and Other Well-Known Artists.

WHO:             Friends of Warren Zevon Featuring:

•          Jordan Zevon, Warren Zevon’s Son and ADAO National Spokesperson whose debut album is scheduled for release in early 2008 on New West Records

•          Mike Campbell and The Dirty Knobs, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitar player with The Heartbreakers; performed on Zevon’s Grammy winning album, the Wind

•          Kenny Edwards, co-founder of the Stone Poneys with Linda Ronstadt and Bryndle with Karla Bonoff; recorded numerous Zevon songs and performed on Zevon’s Excitable Boy album

•          Matt Cartsonis, multi-instrumentalist and composer for film, television and various commercials; performed in Zevon’s final tour

•          Phil Cody, singer and songwriter; toured with Zevon in the 1990’s

•          Plus – up and coming young artists: Crosby Loggins and Paul Cartwright and Friends

WHAT:           Tribute Concert to Warren Zevon, who was taken in 2003 by the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. Presented by Jones House Music, the concert will include songs from a myriad of performers who played with Zevon in various settings, including for his final album, The Wind, which earned two posthumous Grammy Awards in 2004 for Best Rock Performance By A Group or Duo for “Disorder in the House” along with longtime friend Bruce Springsteen, and Best Contemporary Folk album.

Warren Zevon’s legendary career includes over 18 albums, 2 gold records, 1 platinum record, 2 Grammy awards, an honorary presidential award from NARAS, and numerous Songwriter of The Year Awards from publications like Rolling Stone Magazine. His biggest hit, “Werewolves of London” continues to make critic lists as one of the best Rock songs of all time.

Funds will be used to support the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF). The occurrence of asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis, is growing out of control. Studies estimate that during the next decade, 100,000 victims in the United States will die of an asbestos related disease – equaling 30 deaths per day.

Tickets are $35 and are available starting November 5 at or at the Maverick Saloon

Lottery tickets will also be sold at the event to raise funds for MARF and ADAO with an exciting collection of prizes and in addition to the show, tickets for a wine tasting Meet and Greet will be available for purchase.

WHERE: Maverick Saloon
3687 Sagunto Street
Santa Ynez CA 93460

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2007
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

CONTACT:    Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
Douglas Larkin
Office: 703-250-3590 x1245
Mobile: 202-391-1546

About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected, and raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the often deadly asbestos related diseases. ADAO is funded through voluntary contributions and staffed by volunteers. For more information visit

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

The Meso Foundation is the national nonprofit dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma, the fatal cancer caused by asbestos exposure, through the funding of cutting-edge research projects across the globe. To date the Foundation has funded over $4 million dollars in research. Additionally, the Foundation provides practical support for patients and their families through education, support, and guidance offered through our website, meso specialist and nurse practitioner, and our volunteer outreach programs. To learn more visit:


NYCOSH benefit dinner Tuesday, May 29, 2007

April 23, 2007

Please visit the NYCOSH web site for information about their upcoming benefit dinner.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation fundraiser

April 23, 2007

Larry Lohr’s second annual memorial golf outing benefiting the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) will be held Friday, May 18, at the Pleasant Valley Country Club.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. A course sponsor includes one foursome package, the name displayed on a corporate banner and an on-course sign at a cost of $420.

A tee sponsor includes a one-man package with a sign at a tee for $140. A breakfast sponsor includes a sign at the breakfast table for $120. A golfer’s package, which includes a round of golf with a cart, is available for $90.

Donations of any amount can be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

The schedule of events is as follows:

– 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., registration/continental breakfast.
– 9 a.m., shotgun start.

Complimentary beverages will be served on the golf course. A steak dinner will be served after the golf outing has been completed.

Prizes will be given away.

Prize sponsors also are needed. Donations of golf balls, golf bag items, gift certificates and any other prizes are welcome. Names will be viewed at the breakfast table.

Lohr died two years ago of mesothelioma, an aggressive, severely painful cancer, most often related to asbestos exposure. It invades the lining of the lungs, heart or stomach until it destroys vital organ.

For decades, research to cure the disease was neglected, and those it afflicted were ignored. Currently, available treatments usually have only a limited effect, and prognosis is very poor.

After diagnosis, the life span is usually only four to 24 months on average.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is the national non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma as a life-ending disease.

Anyone who would like more information about the disease is asked to contact the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation at 805-560-8942 or visit

Reservations for the golf outing must be made by Monday, April 30. Make checks payable to the Larry Lohr Memorial Golf Outing. They can be sent to Lohr’s daughter, Cindy H. Jesso, 366 Mt. Joy Road, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666.

For more information about the golf outing, call Jesso at 724-547-5427.

The Herald Standard 2007

All work and no play? No way–

March 4, 2007

At the recent Amgen Tour of California, America’s premier UCI professional bike race, mesothelioma attorney and bike racer extraordinaire Roger Worthington worked the announcer’s booth during the USCF amateur races that ran before and after the pro race. Below are pictures of the fun.

Orange County Register writes up mesotheliom fundraiser

February 27, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007
Benefit raises $250,000
Chris Botti and his band take the stage for mesothelioma research.
Orange County Register

Twenty-six years ago actor and Hollywood legend Steve McQueen died from exposure to asbestos.

Each year up to 3,000 patients in the United States are diagnosed with the same form of aggressive cancer – mesothelioma. This slow growing cancer is linked to asbestos, a natural fiber that was once used in manufacturing industrial and household products. Medical studies show that men in their mid-60s are most often affected, but women have also been diagnosed with the disease.

For McQueen, it was contracted from his years stripping asbestos off hot pipes on U.S. Navy ships and from the flame retardant race car driver suits that he wore.

To raise funds for research for this rare cancer, Roger and Ann Worthington held an asbestos cancer benefit featuring Grammy-award winner and jazz musician Chris Botti. The event was held at the Worthington’s beautiful Capistrano Beach home on Feb. 10. Barbara McQueen, wife of Steve McQueen, also made an appearance and autographed copies of her book, “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile,” a publication of never before seen photos she took of Steve more than 25 years ago.

Roger Worthington, Barbara McQueen and Chris Botti also have in common that all three are from the same small community of Corvallis, Oregon.

Also gracing the stage was Jordan Zevon, a singer and songwriter, and Floyd Landis, winner of the 2006 Tour de France, who raised his voice for the need to end asbestos-related cancer.

“It was a smashing success. People had a whole lot of fun and it was great to have some of the best jazz artists performing in our front yard,” Roger Worthington said.

By Monday evening, he said he had received many “hugs and kisses” via e-mail, thanking the couple for a wonderful evening.

More than $250,000 was raised at the event, which will go to the Punch Worthington Research Lab at the Pacific Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for research projects in finding a cure for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Roger Worthington’s father, David “Punch” Worthington died from asbestos poisoning on Aug. 25, 2006. In August 2002, Warren Zevon, an acclaimed folk musician and father of Jordan Zevon, also died of the disease. Jordan, sang his father’s classic song, “Werewolves of London,” at the benefit. Chris Botti’s drummer Billy Kilson also performed – his mother recently died from mesothelioma.

For the past 18 years Roger Worthington, an attorney, has taken on his clients’ cause. In 1999, he founded The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to advance funding and research toward finding a cure.

“A lot of passion comes from personal experience,” he said.

Worthington has helped more than 400 clients over the years in asbestos-related cases.

“We’re very aggressive and we get the highest settlements,” he said.

The Veterans Administration does not have a program to treat its patients diagnosed with mesothelioma.

“The government has not taken this (mesothelioma) seriously,” Worthington said.

Jessica Like, executive director of Pacific Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Los Angeles, said the evening was a wonderful outpouring from the more than 350 people who attended the fundraiser.

“People connected with other mesothelioma patients, survivors and their families. Doctors also got to speak with each other and with patients, too. It was a great networking experience, a total success,” she said.

Also among the guests was Sandy Hazen, whose husband Tom also died of the disease in 2000. She was instrumental in organizing the fundraiser, Worthington said.

“For eight months, my husband battled mesothelioma,” she said.

“It isn’t a blue collar disease. It doesn’t respect job titles – judges, accountants, doctors, inventors, housewives, school children have had it – it’s not a ship yard disease,” Worthington said.

Funds raised included $15,000 from the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union, $60,000 from the estate of David “Punch” Worthington, $50,000 from the law firm of Simon, Eddins and Greenstone, $25,000 from Roger Worthington, $10,000 from John Markovich, $10,000 from the law firm of Simmons Cooper and $5,000 from Owens-Illinois. Auction items also raised $9,000, from sculptures by Eric Peltzer and Alex Pavlenko, paintings by local artist Rick Delanty and Thomas Schmidt and photographs of Steve McQueen and limited edition copies of Barbara McQueen’s book.

Mesothelioma can take 20-40 years to develop tumors. Possible signs include shortness of breath, pain under the rib cage, pain or swelling in the abdomen, lumps in the abdomen and weight loss for no known reason. There is no cure, and treatments are limited. Until recently mesothelioma patients have lived only months after diagnosis, but advancements in research have extended some patients’ lives by three to five years.

To make a donation for mesothlioma research go to

Contact the writer: or 949-492-5135

Chris Botti concert raises $250,000 for mesothelioma research

February 15, 2007

Los Angeles, CA – Feb. 14, 2007 – The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute raised $250,000 for asbestos cancer research at a benefit concert on Saturday, February 10, 2007. Over 350 guests gathered to hear Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti give the performance of a lifetime.

Chris Botti Jamming

Chris and his band were joined by Jordan Zevon who warmed the crowd with his father’s, Warren Zevon’s, classic “Werewolves of London.” Guests were eager to talk with Barbara McQueen who made an appearance to support mesothelioma research. She shared personal stories about her time with late husband, Steve McQueen the international movie legend. Barbara autographed copies of her latest book, “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile” as well as never before seen photos she took of Steve over 25 years ago. Another champion, Floyd Landis, winner of the 2006 Tour de France, raised his voice with others about the need to end asbestos-related cancer. Those able to attend enjoyed a musical night together with all proceeds from the event benefiting the Punch Worthington Research Lab, a division of PHLBI. Click here for photos from the event.

Breakthrough Night for “Orphan” Disease

The fundraiser was truly a breakthrough for advocates of mesothelioma research. Caused by asbestos exposure, “meso” has long been considered an orphan disease as it receives relatively little funding from traditional cancer research channels, even though 3,000-4,000 people are newly diagnosed each year. Research funding greatly lags behind the disease’s impact.

Werewolves of London

Dr. Robert Cameron, chief of thoracic surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and one of PHLBI’s Scientific Advisors, was pleased that so many joined together for the cause, including his own patients. Guests crowded around Dr. Cameron and his slideshow presentation to learn about PHLBI’s exciting new research. He said, “this event shows what can happen when people pull together for mesothelioma research. We have promising projects underway that may lead to more effectivement management of this disease for this and future generations.”

Terry Lynch, PHLBI Director and Vice President and Health and Hazard Administrator for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union, said, “this was an impressive event, raising money for an important cause. The research projects underway at PHLBI are important to help treat mesothelioma patients. The union supports that mission.”

Lynch’s union donated $15,000 to the fundraiser. Other large donors include the estate of David “Punch” Worthington with a donation of $60,000; the law firm Simon, Eddins, and Greenstone gave $50,000; Roger Worthington (PHLBI Director) donated $25,000; John Markovich (PHLBI Director) donated $10,000; law firm Simmons Cooper donated $10,000; and asbestos manufacturer Owens-Illionois contributed $5,000 to the event.

Auction items raised an additional $9,000 including sculptures by Eric Peltzer and Alex Pavlenko, paintings by Rick Delanty and Thomas Schmidt, autographed limited edition copies of Barbara McQueen’s book “The Last Mile,” and signed photographs of Steve McQueen taken by his wife Barbara.

Upcoming Clinical Trial

Over the next six months PHLBI is recruiting union workers who were former heavy smokers and also exposed to asbestos for a free clinical trial using Celebrex. Celebrex is being tested as a preventive treatment for lung cancer for those who might be at risk. Dr. Jenny Mao of UCLA is overseeing the trial. Learn more about the eligibility requirements at or contact Jessica Like to be involved in this exciting opportunity.

Barbara McQueen to headline mesothelioma fundraiser

February 4, 2007

Steve McQueen’s s widow is raising money and awareness to combat the cancer that killed her famous husband in 1980.

Barbara McQueen along with jazz sensation Chris Botti, are heading up an asbestos cancer research benefit on February 10, 2007. The Grammy Award-winning Botti and his band will perform an hour-long concert in a very intimate setting. The trumpeter’s stellar career includes performances with renowned performers such as Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant and Sting.

The fund-raiser will be held at the home of Roger and Ann Worthington, who live in Capistrano Beach, California. The event runs from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Barbara McQueen will donate five original 16 x 20 photos and a signed limited edition of her new book, Steve McQueen: The Last Mile to a silent auction to benefit asbestos cancer research through the David “Punch” Worthington Research Lab.

“It recently came to my attention that not much medical progress has been made in the fight against mesothelioma since my husband’s death more than a quarter-century ago”, McQueen said. “I’m very honored to use my name to bring awareness to this deadly form of cancer.”

McQueen will be signing copies of her book throughout the six-hour benefit. The 240-page book contains approximately 150 pictures documenting Barbara McQueen’s three-and-a-half year relationship with the movie icon, which includes candid shots from 1977 to 1980 McQueen’s years out of the spotlight. It also chronicles Barbara’s early history and modeling career; her years with Steve McQueen at Trancas Beach and Santa Paula as well as behind-the-scene photos on the sets of Tom Horn and The Hunter.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person and all guests must RSVP. To RSVP or for more information, call (310) 622-4960 or contact Jessica Like at  To register for tickets online, logon to

The David “Punch” Worthington Laboratory is located at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. The laboratory was made possible by a generous initial donation and continuing support from Roger G. Worthington. The Punch Worthington Lab is the home of exciting new research on novel strategies for the treatment of mesothelioma, lung cancer, leukemia, and other occupational cancers