2017 Aim To Cure: Birdslanding clay shoot event

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The Foundation’s founding Board Members, Jim Kellogg and Jerry Neil Paul, speak to participants and their guests after the conclusion of the sporting clay shoot event. We cannot thank Jim enough for his leadership and tireless efforts in hosting the event, year after year, and growing it to what it is today!

June 9, 2017, marked the 11th annual California State Pipetrades’ Aim to Cure Mesothelioma sporting clay shoot event hosted by Jim Kellogg, retired U.A. Pipetrades International Representative and former California State Fish and Game Commissioner. Supporters of the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America converged on the Birdslanding Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clay facility just outside of Concord, California. The fun event was successful yet again, raising over $60,000 for mesothelioma research, and raising awareness concerning the development of new viable treatment options. The Foundation was represented by Jerry Neil Paul and Jim Kellogg, both Board Members, as well as Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker.

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The Foundation’s Assistant Executive Director, Shane Rucker, is flanked by Josh (left) and Jonathon (right) Paul. The Trio had a great day on the course, taking their luck at trying to break 100 sporting clays while supporting this great cause.

After the sporting clay shoot concluded, Jim Kellogg thanked attendees. He expressed his gratitude for the continued support of the event, and how meaningful it is to him to be able to see the event’s growth. Next, Jerry Paul spoke to the importance of staying involved in the fight to raise awareness and ensure progress in developing new treatment options. He highlighted the development of EphB-4 as a milestone that indicated the viability, importance, and progress of the research. The drug is currently being administered to mesothelioma patients and is being supported by USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. It is clear that with the continued support and involvement of tradesmen and other participants in events similar to “Aim to Cure,” advances in mesothelioma treatment options will become a reality.

As with every event, 100% of the funds raised at the Birdslanding event went directly towards mesothelioma cancer research at Dr. Parkash Gill’s lab at USC Norris Comprehensive Medical Center. With these sizable donations we can be assured that Dr. Gill’s research will achieve sustained success. We are extremely grateful to all of the participants in this event. You are all part of the solution!