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1 Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Annual Report 2008 Research Education Support Advocacy Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation research - education - support - advocacy

2 Our Mission The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is the nonprofit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers dedicated to eradicating the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma. We believe in a cure for meso. Given the human toll of suffering the disease causes, the compassion and energy of the meso community, the moral, legal and economic aspects of asbestos, and the benefits of meso research to cancer research generally, we believe that the resources to accomplish this cure are available and must be mobilized. We seek to marshal and utilize these resources responsibly, as effectively as possible and with financial transparency to: Offer hope and support to patients and families by educating them on the disease, helping them to obtain the most up-to-date information on treatment options and to connect with meso treatment specialists, and providing them assistance, emotional support and community with others; Fund the highest quality and most promising meso research projects from around the world through rigorous peer-review; and Raise awareness of meso, and advocate that the public and private sectors partner in the effort to cure it by directing the resources needed to stop this global tragedy. Dear Friends, It surprises no one by now that 2008 was a challenging year. The global financial melt-down created a crisis for the whole nonprofit sector. It entirely wiped out a number of large, wellestablished nonprofits, and forced others to drastically curtail their activities. The economic difficulties did not spare the Meso Foundation. Yet no community knows more about pressing forward with hope in the face of adversity than the meso community. I see this first-hand in the mesothelioma patients I treat and their families. I also see it in the Meso Foundation s progress this year. Good planning by the Board of Directors, hard work by the staff, and most important the commitment and generosity of our donors and volunteers made 2008 a success. Our mission to eradicate the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma moved substantially forward. During the year we maintained or increased funding for all of the following critically important activities: The annual Symposium, Our Nurse Practitioner Mary Hesdorffer s full-time availability to help patients and families individually, Our medical travel assistance program, Our newsletter and website to provide needed information and other patient education and support activities, Our advocacy efforts to ban asbestos and gain federal investment in life-saving meso research, Meso Awareness Day and other awareness-raising activities New research endeavors including initiating a national mesothelioma patient registry and providing the initial funding to create a new mesothelioma staging system. On top of all this, we renewed the funding for ten ongoing mesothelioma research projects from 2007, and we awarded grants to five stellar new projects. In 2008, the Meso Foundation invested three quarters of a million dollars in life-saving meso research. In total, we have now invested almost six million dollars to cure this disease. You our financial supporters, volunteers and advocates made all of this possible. We gratefully thank you for caring and for your commitment. And we commit to you to push forward toward a cure in 2009, using the challenge of a very difficult financial climate as an opportunity to grow stronger, more focused and more efficient. We begin 2009 with a financial reserve which though not overly large, is sufficient to bridge the tough times. We are developing a more robust fundraising plan, with more frequent and more targeted appeals than the only-once-per-year general research appeal we have used. We have adopted a lean 2009 budget. Our staff of six is also lean, very committed and effective. We have refined job descriptions and strategic objectives to focus staff on the most productive tasks. We are increasing the size of our Board of Directors, to gain even better direction and more access to potential sources of giving. And we are expanding our volunteer opportunities to further increase involvement from you the community and help the Foundation accomplish its mission of funding life-saving research, helping patients and families, and advocating that the federal government meet its responsibility to address the tragedy of mesothelioma. Again, we thank you for your generous support and are honored by your commitment to the mission. We are pleased to provide you, our constituents and donors, with this Annual Report on our finances and accomplishments in Believe in a cure, 2 Nicholas J. Vogelzang, MD Chairman, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Board of Directors

3 Board of Directors Update June Breit June Breit is a Registered Nurse Case Manager living in Pennsylvania who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in early Upon diagnosis, she discovered the Foundation in an internet search, and has been an active volunteer ever since. June has worked closely with staff members on various projects, offered the perspective of the community on numerous issues, and has assisted in Symposium organization and presentation. She is a regular contributor to the online chat forum, and also reaches out to patients and families to offer support. In addition to her personal donations to the Foundation, June regularly solicits donations from others and has established Causes pages for the Foundation on both Facebook and MySpace. June is an advocate who routinely speaks to others on the topic of mesothelioma, including legislators both in her home state of Pennsylvania and in Washington, DC. She was successful in obtaining an annual proclamation recognizing Meso Awareness Day from the Governor of Pennsylvania, and has helped others do the same in their states. For her invaluable work on behalf of all meso patients, she was named co-recipient of the Foundation s 2008 Klaus Brauch Volunteer of the Year Award. June brings to the Board a passion for serving the mesothelioma community and the Foundation. She sees the Foundation as the premier resource for meso patients and their families. She is committed to seeing the Foundation grow its presence so that one day ALL patients will automatically be made aware of its existence and the services and support it offers. Having served the Foundation in the trenches for seven years, serving from within as a Board Member is the logical next step. She will use her profound and personal insight to help guide the Foundation, and chart a course that will benefit the entire meso community. Wendy Stoeckler Wendy Stoeckler s life drastically changed on December 31, 2001 when her husband Chris was diagnosed with pleural, peritoneal, pericardial and testicular mesothelioma. Chris had a heart of gold, he was always positive, and he continued to be that way throughout the length of his illness. He never said No to anyone in need of his help, no matter how he was feeling that day. He would get right out there to help with his portable chemo bag and oxygen tank in tow to get the job done, be it at home in Wisconsin or out advocating against asbestos. That was Chris, there was no stopping him. As his wife and sole caregiver, Wendy watched as her husband of 21 years deteriorated before her and their only daughter Taylor. Chris passed away December 21, 2006 at the age of 44. Wendy made a vow to Chris that she would never give up the fight to find a cure for meso and to ban asbestos. With Chris and Taylor, Wendy began advocating with the Meso Foundation for meso patients early on in 2002 and has not stopped. Through her financial generosity, Wendy has helped move meso research one step closer to finding a cure. She funded the Christopher Stoeckler Memorial Grant, awarded to the University of Minnesota s Dr. Robert Kratzke for his project, Targeting Cap-Mediated Translation for Mesothelioma Therapy. Wendy is whole-heartedly committed to her new role as a member of the Board of Directors. It is a powerful way for her to carry out her devotion to finding a cure, to help and support meso patients and families through her first-hand knowledge of this disease, and to keep her promise to Chris. 3

4 David S. Ettinger, MD David S. Ettinger, MD, is the Alex Grass Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He also holds four additional professorships professor of medicine, professor of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery, professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and professor of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences. Dr. Ettinger received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed his training in medical oncology at Johns Hopkins in 1975, and since then has been on the faculty of the School of Medicine. He was chairman of the Thoracic Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (1980 to1982) and since 1990, has been chairman of the Medical Oncology Lung Subcommittee of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. Dr. Ettinger is a member of the board of directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) as well as a member of the NCCN Guidelines Steering Committee. From 1982 through 1990, he was principal investigator of the phase I studies of new anticancer agents, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ettinger s research interests are in new drug development and innovative multidisciplinary cancer treatment strategies. He is also interested in improving supportive care measures associated with cancer and its treatment. Dr. Ettinger has authored or co-authored over 190 articles and serves as an editor for Current Treatment Options in Oncology. He has been very involved with the American Cancer Society Maryland Division, including serving as its president from 1994 to Dr. Ettinger is a true pioneer in cancer clinical care as well as a driving force in many of the national and international organizations that direct the future of cancer research and clinical care issues. Through his global leadership he will be instrumental in forging alliances with many of the countries who are just beginning to see the surge in mesothelioma cases. He has history behind him and the future in his sights. In his collaborative way, bringing everyone to the table, he gets things done. With his joining the Board of Directors, the mesothelioma community gains a powerful force in driving forward development of better clinical treatments, as well as setting the future direction of the organization. Axel-Rainer Hanauske, MD, PhD, MBA Axel-Rainer Hanauske, MD, PhD, MBA is a medical oncologist whose scientific work focuses on drug development, translational research, and treatment individualization. In 1996 when he was the deputy Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the Technical University in Munich, Dr. Hanauske and his group discovered the activity of Alimta/Cisplatin in mesothelioma as part of a Phase I study of the drug. He personally treated the first mesothelioma patient in the world with the combination of Alimta and Cisplatin, and the patient had a dramatic response. Dr. Hanauske and his group worked out the treatment regimen for Alimta/Cisplatin that is now currently used world wide. In 2000, Lilly invited him to continue to pursue development of his regimen by joining Lilly for the large Phase III clinical study (led by Meso Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Nicholas J. Vogelzang, MD), which led to the FDA s approval of Alimta for treatment of mesothelioma, the first drug ever approved for the disease, which until then was considered hopelessly unresponsive to chemotherapy. Dr. Hanauske is currently Global Brand Development Leader at Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis and Professor of Medicine at the Technical University in Munich. He has given dozens of presentations on mesothelioma and how to treat it, with an emphasis on the ongoing dangers of asbestos. Dr. Hanauske will utilize his extensive experience with mesothelioma drug development to help the Board of Directors guide the Foundation s research program closer to a cure. 4

5 Science Advisory Board Update Lee M. Krug MD Michele Carbone, MD, PhD Lee M. Krug, MD is an Assistant Attending Physician in the Division of Thoracic Oncology, Department of Medicine, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York, where he completed a fellowship and chief fellowship in medical oncology. Dr. Krug has been a key investigator of multimodal approaches for patients with early stage malignant pleural mesothelioma. He led a multicenter U.S. trial of induction chemotherapy before extrapleural pneumonectomy, and he has a current study testing the feasibility of chemotherapy followed by pleural radiation. Dr. Krug also has a strong interest in novel therapeutics for patients with more advanced disease. With support from a Meso Foundation grant, he led a phase I trial with a WT-1 peptide vaccine, and he is currently the principal investigator of an international phase III trial of a histone deacetylase inhibitor, vorinostat. Michele Carbone, MD, PhD is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of Hawaii Medical School, and the Interim Director of the Cancer Research Center of the University of Hawaii. He was born in Rome, Italy. He received his MD and PhD from La Sapienza, the Medical School of Rome. He is board certified in Anatomic Pathology in both Italy and the U.S. He came to the U.S. in 1986 as a recipient of a Fogarty Fellow Award and worked in the Viral Pathogenesis section at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland until He moved to the University of Chicago in 1994 and in 1997 moved to the Cancer Center of the Loyola University of Chicago where he was a Professor of Pathology and the Director of Thoracic Oncology. In June of 2006 he left Loyola to join the University of Hawaii. For his achievements in Science and Medicine, Dr. Carbone has the honorary title of Knight of Italy. He has published over 150 peerreviewed papers: most of them deal with the pathogenesis of mesothelioma. Dr. Carbone s research team receives over 50% of the total U.S. federal grant funding for research on asbestos and mesothelioma. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. - Dale Carnegie 5

6 Research Mesothelioma research moved forward with great success in The Foundation s prior-year grantees are reporting the results of their research in the most prestigious scientific journals, and our most recent grantees are deeply involved in promising new projects. Our scientists are leading the way in defining new targets, making the complex diagnosis, and paving the way for clinical trials. As the largest independent funding body for mesothelioma research in the world, our research dollars grow the field by attracting young researchers to meso, and enabling senior scientists to remain focused on it. The global community of scientists focused on mesothelioma research recognizes the scientific merit of the grant program and this year submitted 59 applications. Twenty-one experts Scientific Advisory Board members plus other well published meso experts performed the review. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to award five new grants for the 2008 grant cycle as well as renew the funding for the ten grants awarded in In addition to our grant program, the Foundation occupies a unique position to promote the dialogue in the mesothelioma medical and scientific communities about basic and clinical research efforts. The 2008 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma poster session reflected this. The poster presenters first described their research projects and then Science Advisory Board members and other experts discussed them. This dialogue facilitates the flow of information among the researchers, promoting collaboration. It also creates the opportunity for clinicians to weigh in on how the research might translate into the clinical setting, thus moving these new strategies into place to treat the patient population. In 2008, the Foundation joined forces with the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the International Mesothelioma Interest Group to develop an updated Staging System for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. This is another important step forward in international collaboration for better clinical outcomes. Data from over 2,000 patients will be reviewed and analyzed in order to correlate outcomes with stage of disease at time of surgery, and to identify prognostic factors that will aide in decision-making and treatment selection. This will serve as a key foundation for clinical research to the benefit of all patients. The clinical trials that have become available for mesothelioma patients in 2008 demonstrate the progress we are making. The trials cover a diverse range new agents that target mesothelin, a protein expressed specifically by epithelial mesothelioma cells that seems critical in tumor formation; an agent combined with chemotherapy that halts production of mesothelioma cells; agents that stop the blood supply from feeding tumours; and a trial to define second-line therapy in mesothelioma. A number of these trials are multi-national, which will help to more quickly accrue the number of patients needed to have statistically significant results s progress in mesothelioma research confirms our hope for a cure. I have to say, with the previous Meso Foundation funding for my work and with this new three year grant from the DoD funding - which the Foundation s advocacy made possible - my research career in mesothelioma has been saved! 6 V. Courtney Broaddus, MD Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine - San Francisco General Hospital

7 2008 Grant Recipients H. Richard Alexander, MD - University of Maryland Inhibition of Il-1 as a Novel Target in Peritoneal Mesothelioma Dr. Alexander s lab has identified that genes in the Interleukin -1 pathway are over-expressed and associated with a poor prognosis in peritoneal mesothelioma. His project seeks to inhibit malignant mesothelioma tumor growth by targeting this pathway. If the project succeeds in the laboratory, we envision that this will lead to new targeted therapy for those tumors that over express Interleukin-1. What makes this particularly exciting is that there is already an FDA-approved agent that targets Interleukin-1, which means that we could move from the bench to the bedside in a relatively short period of time. Gang Logan Liu, PhD - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Enhanced Diagnostic Imaging and High Precision Gene Therapy of Mesothelioma Using Nontoxic Nanocarriers Dr. Liu proposes a new method to improve mesothelioma diagnosis and treatment efficacy using nontoxic multifunctional nanocarriers. The nanocarrier particles can be designed to only be taken up by mesothelioma tumor cells. This will enhance radiographic imaging for diagnosis and monitoring. Moreover, they can carry therapeutic genes and can release them only in mesothelioma tumors and at desired moments via remote activation. This could prove very important in mesothelioma as conventional radiation and chemotoxic therapies often have lethal side effects to normal tissue and/or lose effectiveness because of non-localized and uncontrollable dosage administration. Dr. Liu s method would deliver the therapies directly into the tumor, thus sparing healthy tissue. Steven Mutsaers, MD, PhD - Lung Institute of Western Australia The Hedgehog Signaling Pathway As A Target For Inhibiting Malignant Mesothelioma Growth Increasing evidence points to the reactivation and aberrant expression of developmental signaling pathways as critical to the development of certain cancers. The hedgehog signaling pathway has been shown to be a critical target in other cancers and there are drugs being tested to target this pathway. Dr. Mutsaers will seek to prove that the hedgehog signaling pathway regulates mesothelioma and that blocking this pathway results in inhibiting tumor growth. If he succeeds, then drugs targeting this pathway could rapidly move into clinical trials for mesothelioma patients. Joseph Testa, PhD - Fox Chase Cancer Center Combinatorial Targeting of Tyrosine Kinases that are Aberrantly Activated in Malignant Mesothelioma Dr. Testa s lab recently identified a novel family of cellular enzymes (chemicals in cells that catalyze or speed up biologic activity) often over-activated in mesothelioma cells. These enzymes promote tumor cell survival and drug resistance, making them potential therapeutic targets. Dr. Testa will test if combination therapies targeting more than one of these enzymes enhance mesothelioma cell death and tumor regression. He will test tyrosine-kinase inhibitors which, as targeted agents, should have less toxic side effects than traditional chemotherapeutic agents. Haining Yang, PhD - University of Hawaii Studies of Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha as a New Target for Human Malignant Mesothelioma Prevention and Therapeutic Strategies Dr. Yang s lab has discovered that TNF-a (tumor necrosis factor alpha) plays a critical role in the mechanisms of asbestos-induced malignant mesothelioma. TNF-a increases the percentage of primary human mesothelioma cells that when damaged by exposure to asbestos nevertheless avoid necrosis and survive. TNF-a thus results in an increase of asbestos-damaged cells susceptible to malignant transformation. Dr. Yang s lab will now explore TNF-a as a potential target to prevent the development of mesothelioma in asbestos-exposed tissue, and to treat mesothelioma tumors. 7

8 Education & Support From her Baltimore office, Mary guides patients nationwide toward their best treatment options. In 2008, Mary Hesdorffer, the Meso Foundation s Medical Liaison and nurse practitioner, continued to help patients across the country (and sometimes across the world) understand mesothelioma and access the medical care they need. This is part of the continuing transition of mesothelioma patients and caregivers from passive recipients of treatment to informed participants, determined to assume greater responsibility for the management of their medical care and survival. Through her one-on-one interactions, Mary assisted patients with referrals to specialists for treatment and with individual management of pain, symptoms and side-effects. The story of George demonstrates the need. George s first regimen of chemotherapy was ineffective. Seventy-four years old and too sick to travel for further treatment, his doctors told him there was nothing to be done. But George was not ready to give up the battle, and he called the Foundation to get advice and support. Mary helped him get an appointment with a mesothelioma expert in his state and he is now enrolled in a Phase II Clinical Trial. George is responding to therapy and extremely grateful, and we hope that he continues to do well. For the fifth consecutive year, the Meso Foundation held its annual Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. The Symposium unified the meso community under the joint purposes of science, advocacy and support. Science Day, unique in its approach, bridged the gap between mesothelioma research and patients need for information. A diverse panel of experts hailing from Europe as well as the United States covered the medical aspects of mesothelioma. (These highly educational presentations are now available as video podcasts on the Foundation s website.) Investigators funded by the Meso Foundation then presented the latest advances in mesothelioma research. As one patient who attended put it, Meeting doctors and talking with them informally was both informative and deeply moving. On the Symposium s Community Day, nursing faculty from the College of New Rochelle donated their time and expertise to facilitate practical support groups for patients, caregivers and bereaved. Their expertise in this area is well recognized and the community benefited from this dedicated group of caring individuals. The portion of the conference dedicated to community also included a tribute ceremony honoring loved ones and friends lost to mesothelioma. The overwhelming outpouring of mutual support among those attending carried over into the remainder of the conference and beyond. To recognize the extraordinary dedication and perseverance necessary to advance the mission to cure mesothelioma, every year the Meso Foundation presents three awards during the Symposium s Gala Celebration of Hope. The Honorable Congresswoman Lois Capps received the Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award, named for the late Minnesota Congressman who died from meso in Congresswoman Capps, formerly a nurse, has been most vocal in the House on the need for legislation to fund mesothelioma research and to ban asbestos. The Pioneer Award highlighted the contributions of Harvey Pass, MD, whose research is blazing a trail toward new treatment options. Dr. Pass, Director of the NYU Division of Thoracic Surgery and former Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Meso Foundation, pioneered meso research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and is co-editor of the leading medical treatise on the disease. Dr. Pass has also been integral in creating new surgical techniques for the treatment of meso and, having begun the search for early detection of meso through biomarkers, he now heads the NCI Early Detection Network for Meso. The Volunteer of the Year Award was shared by two remarkable women, June Breit and Nancy Buszinski. June is a meso patient from the Philadelphia area. Nancy is a longtime volunteer from Pittsburgh, whose husband, Tony, died of meso in They are both dedicated advocates on the local, state and national 8

9 levels. June has spent countless hours helping the Meso Foundation as a volunteer staff member. Her keen wisdom and compassion are well-respected in her role as a coach and a supporter lovingly guiding people suffering from the disease despite the fact that she herself is ill. Nancy, the Meso Foundation s first volunteer, is celebrated for having the original idea for Mesothelioma Awareness Day, persuading the Mayor of Pittsburgh to declare September 26th, 2003 the first Mesothelioma Awareness Day ever, and kicking off what is now a nationwide movement. The Symposium is an exceptional venue for patients to obtain valuable information on mesothelioma. For this reason, as part of its mission to educate patients, in 2008 the Meso Foundation provided travel and registration scholarships to 20 patients and their caregivers to help them attend the symposium. Another area of financial assistance the Foundation offers is the Mary and Bob Cosentino Patient Travel Grant Program. In 2008, these grants enabled 12 newly-diagnosed patients and their caregivers to travel from their home towns to a national mesothelioma expert, to consult on appropriate mesothelioma treatment and available clinical trials. Anna, a 37-year-old mother of three, was recently diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. Though she and her husband had adequate health insurance, they did not have the finances necessary to travel for treatment and consultation. A Meso Foundation travel grant enabled her to consult with a surgeon who specializes in mesothelioma, and she is now recovering from her surgery. Without these funds she would not have been able to receive the expert care she needed. Because quality, unbiased information on mesothelioma is generally difficult to find, the Meso Foundation publishes a reliable website filled with independent information, available to everyone with internet access. In 2008 an important software update added to the website a powerful, state-of-the-art community bulletin board. Every day, dozens of patients, caregivers and bereaved visited the bulletin board to share their personal stories and offer support and hope to one another. In addition to its popular discussion rooms, the community bulletin board also features a blog maintained by Meso Foundation staff and volunteers, addressing complex questions associated with treatment and caregiver issues. Mary s experience and knowledge of mesothelioma are invaluable; she has been able to answer questions about my husband s treatment and care that even his nurses could not answer. She has been there, providing support and inspiration to us every step of the way, and we love her. - Lois and Marty Schwarting 9

10 Advocacy As we work to improve mesothelioma treatment though our research grant program, we continue to urge the federal government to take responsibility for the public health disaster and partner with us in the investment. Highlights of our advocacy work in 2008 include: We brought leadership of the program in-house by hiring Jeni Piccolo. This will save money and enable us to develop our own institutional memory, experience and contacts. Jeni works directly with government officials to increase the federal commitment to mesothelioma research through the asbestos ban legislation, the Department of Defense s Medical Research Program, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She also provides information to the meso community to promote effective grass-roots action and facilitates community members personal meetings and communications with our nation s elected officials. One week after Memorial Day, the Meso Foundation s Medical Liaison, Mary Hesdorffer, testified before the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on the tragic toll of mesothelioma among our nation s veterans. She asked the Subcommittee to maintain mesothelioma on the list of diseases eligible to compete for funding from the Department of Defense s $50 million Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program. This is part of our ongoing effort to persuade the Department of Defense to take responsibility for exposing tens of millions of U.S. Navy personnel and shipyard workers to asbestos. So far, the DoD has funded one mesothelioma research project through this program a good start clearly, but we want to see this multiplied in the next few years. Responding to our advocacy work since 2005, NIOSH renewed for another five years the funding to informatics expert Dr. Mike Becich to continue to develop the National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank (NMVB). Dr. Becich and collaborating mesothelioma medical centers have now established the NMVB and researchers are obtaining tissue samples from it to aid in their investigations of earlier detection, prevention and treatment of mesothelioma. This year s Meso Awareness Day on September 26th was a great success. Thirteen cities, counties and states issued proclamations. Individuals and groups throughout the meso community are working with their state and federal officials to obtain a permanent recognition of mesothelioma through Meso Awareness Day. After Yvonne Hall s son Todd died she promised herself his death would not be in vain. Her state legislators have responded to her plea to raise awareness and have drafted a Resolution in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to declare Meso Awareness Day every September 26th in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Yvonne continues to raise awareness by displaying this Resolution along with Meso Foundation literature at her local Relay for Life, she shares this information with doctors offices, and she has even caught the eye of Billy Ray Cyrus family by including his father, Ron Cyrus, in the Proclamation text. Building on the momentum from our Advocacy Day in October 2007, when the Senate unanimously passed Senator Patty Murray s long-fought legislation to ban asbestos and fund mesothelioma research, we returned to D.C. in June 2008 for the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. On Advocacy Day, meso patients, caregivers, and those who had lost a loved one, plus researchers, doctors and legal advocates joined forces to meet with over 100 Congressional offices to share their stories. The meso community emphasized the need for the House to move quickly on this legislation, while urging the Senate to continue their support for it and also to fund meso research through the Department of Defense. In the next few months, the House version of the legislation was drafted and entered as a bill. However, the very short Congressional session because of the Presidential and Congressional elections did not allow the Bruce Vento Ban Asbestos and Prevent Mesothelioma Act to get through committee and reach the House floor for vote. We start 2009 with a whole new Congressional term and 10

11 therefore need to reintroduce the legislation in both the Senate and House. But our dedicated advocates have continued to communicate the importance of this life-saving legislation, we have seven years momentum behind us, and the new Congress and White House should be more receptive. This session, we aim for the legislation to finally pass. We made important progress in 2008 in all of these areas. But we have more work to do to achieve our goals. In particular, Congress must pass the ban asbestos and fund meso research legislation, and the DoD must make meaningful investment in meso research. We thank all of our advocates and volunteers for their hard work in bringing us this far; and we look to you, and commit to continue to work with you, until we achieve a true federal commitment to curing this disease. Experiencing the passionate advocacy and commitment regarding the ban asbestos and meso research funding bill, at the highest level, was extraordinary. -Vicki Hart 11

12 Statement of Financial Activity Year ending December 31, 2008 Public Support and Other Income 2008 t 2007 tt Written Appeal $220, $302, General Contributions $1,252, $1,096, Symposium Registrations $32, $27, Volunteer Events $104, $122, Sponsorships $260, $205, Unrealized Gain on Investments -$529, $19, Investment Income $100, $150, Total $1,440, $1,885, Expenses Research 41% 58% Grant Funding $619, $1,080, Symposium ttt $140, $111, Education, Support & Awareness 28% 17% Activities & Materials $411, $276, Symposium ttt $116, $83, Advocacy 12% 13% Activities & Materials $140, $208, Symposium ttt $77, $58, Supporting Services 19% 12% Fundraising $232, $132, Management $114, $113, Total $1,852, $2,065, financial figures are not yet audited. Once available the 2008 audited financial statement will be posted on the Foundation s website financial figures are from the Foundation s audited financial statement. Symposium expenses are allocated among advancing meso research, educating patients/family and community physicians, and advocating for federal research funding.

13 Fundraising Financially, the Meso Foundation faced unprecedented challenges in Growing from our prior seven years of consistent support, global interest in mesothelioma research reached an all-time high. We received 59 applications from brilliant researchers worldwide for exciting mesothelioma projects a 50% increase over last year, and wanted to fund as many of the top ones at year-end as possible. During the whole year we also wanted to expand, not cut, our other vital services helping patients and families find the best treatment; providing them critically needed education, support, and financial assistance; uniting the community to focus on a cure through the Symposium; raising the profile of the disease through Meso Awareness Day and other awareness activities; and advocating that the federal government invest in life-saving meso research and finally ban asbestos. Ramasamy Jagadeeswaran, PhD, at the University of Chicago, investigates the role of the protein Paxillin as a novel therapeutic target for meso, through his 2007 Meso Foundation grant. At the same time, we had to recognize the melt-down in the financial markets, in the nonprofit sector, and throughout the global economy. A number of nonprofits were entirely wiped out, and many nonprofit foundations stopped all new grant funding. Consistent with the entire market, the on-paper value of our reserve funds held in a diversified portfolio for stability and income, as a contingency reserve against the next twelve months budgeted expenses declined substantially. The reality was that undertaking any new projects in such a difficult year would require a very generous outpouring of support. How: Individual Gifts + Volunteers + Corporate and Pharmaceutical Sponsors + Attorneys That Support Research + Bequests and Planned Giving Thankfully, we received exactly that. In 2008, 2,365 people not companies or corporations, but patients, family members, friends, loved ones, and other concerned individuals giving from their hearts donated $680,000. Of this, 1861 individuals were first time donors giving $241,000. Gifts ranged from $34 given in cash by Danny Thomas in memory of his father Ellis, to well over one hundred gifts between $1,000 and $50,000 given by individuals through wills or family trusts, from the proceeds of litigation, or from their personal assets. Gifts varied in size; but all were motivated by love and fervent hope that we can stop this disease. Four stellar firms that represent mesothelioma patients and families legally and are committed to what they need most development of effective medical treatments participated in our Attorneys Who Support Research program. Each of these firms SimmonsCooper, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, and Connelly & Vogelzang made a significant pledge to the Foundation to be applied directly to funding research. 13

14 Fundraising continued The 2008 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma received generous sponsorship from SimmonsCooper, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, Merck Oncology, Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy, Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc., and Goldberg Persky and White. Finally, volunteers throughout the country organized a variety of events to raise awareness, friends, and over $100,000 in donations from their local communities. As a result, we were able to not just expand the vital services described above, but also to: Renew the funding for ten ongoing mesothelioma research projects begun in 2007, Award grants to five excellent new projects starting in 2008, and As a special project, provide the initial funding to create a new mesothelioma staging system. This brings to almost six million dollars the total the Foundation has invested to cure this disease. Through the generosity and caring of our donors, mesothelioma research progressed substantially in This is all due to you, our donors and volunteers, who in a very difficult year gave generously and worked hard to hold fundraisers and cultivate new friends and donors. We thank you for your trust, your caring and for believing in a cure. 14

15 Donors 2008 $200,000 - $500,000 SimmonsCooper Law Firm $100,000 - $199,999 Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos Levy, Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP $50,000 - $99,999 Jean and James Rion Endowment The Richard and Sandra Schulze Family Fund Law Office of Nicholas J. Vogelzang, LLC $10,000 - $49,999 Estate of Beth Ann Miller Sokolove Charitable Fund Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan Early, Ludwick, Sweeney & Strauss Pat McCarthy Maria and Franz Losch Merck & Co., Inc. Vicki Cronin Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. Doug Allison Robert Cosentino Elaine Holmes Janet Love Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl Mark and Sarah Pavlick Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc. $5,000 - $9,999 Marcia Abbott Beate Barrett Linda Bevilacqua Rose M. Billhimer Colleen Black Quartermania Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy LLC David W. Gleason Memorial Golf Tournament Nancy Eastham Leonette Fedel Tony Ferrero Ellen and Philip Frohnmayer Vicki Hart Kerry Kelley Irene Klingemann Linda McDowell Anne McKeon Richard and Lora Mosca Robert and Lori Schecter Janet Simkins Peggy Sterling Hannelore Tucker James Walker Warren Zevon Tribute Concert Jim Whinery $1,000 - $4,999 Jean Ainsworth Sandra Balthazar Amy and John Barnerd Joyce Bathke Judith and Joe Berger Stephanie Boothe Brayton Purcell, LLP Roberta Brazee June Breit and Howard Schweitzer Olga Brendel Michelle and Perry Browder Richard and Elizabeth Burton Jacqueline Chiusano Allen Christiansen Sandra and Robert Ciasulli Larry Cirillo Cathleen Connelly and John Connelly Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLP Bernie Dusich Joanne Ehrig Alvin Ehrig, Jr. Marlene Embry Estate of Kenneth Fordyce Estate of Randy C. Poore Mike Evert Debra Farnsworth Mr. & Mrs. Austin Fragomen Lynn Ganson Charlene and David Geffen Andrew Gervino Jennifer and Ted Gianaris Greg Glaser Grace Goodnite The Grover Hermann Foundation Mike Hackler Christopher Hahn Renee Hansen Harvit & Schwartz, LC Scott Hendler - The Hendler Law Firm HomeStan Productions Inc. Charlotte Hosking David Johnson Karen and Robert Jones Dorothy Jordan Craig and Shelly Kozicki Roberta Kuehn Olga Lachapelle Joseph Losch Mara and Ignacio Machado Lewis Maler Mark Anthony Brands Inc. Wendy Martin Microsoft Matching Gifts Program Edward Moody James Morris Karen Morris Lonna Morrison Patricia Murray Kimberly and Russell Norman Jacquelyn Paaso Karin Pfisterer Helen Pitney Marilyn Porchetta Teresa Pounds Vicki Price Cynthia Reich Vera Reynolds Robin Riffee-Landa Evelyn Roca Sue Rundle Donna Saller Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. The Scott Credit Union Elaine and Michael Serling Maryann and Richard Shanas Robertson Short Diana Stewart Heather Strickland Kathleen Tooey Thelma van der Vyver Debbie Vezina Wakerly Family Foundation Matthew Waldrop Donna Walmach Cecile Cissy Walters Judy Whitmire Mary Jane and Loring Williams Roger G. Worthington, P.C. Jane Young Alexandra Zurman $500 - $999 Ann Abbe and William Harris Diane and Richard Allen Robin Allen Claire Andrews Michael Armitage Martin Auslander Barclays Global Investor Barton Nursery, Inc. Gianni Bernard Sonya Bevilacqua-Gordon Sandra Bittner Deborah and Winston Bott Carmel Bradbury Julie Brahmer, MD Neil Bright Michele and Timothy Buller Linda Burnette Brendan Bush Jill and Robbie Cagle 15

16 16 Donors continued Sheree Card Claire Cashman The Estate of William Chappell Robin Coffey Mary Collins Steve Conry Phyllis and Lee Critchfield Barbara and David Cutts Antonio D Angelo Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Adriane and Robert DiMeo Renee and Steven Donaldson Catherine Donovan Philip Eggers BMCC Guests of Emily Potts & Brian Hayes Wedding Employees Charity Organization of Northrop Grumman Fairways Women s Club Kendra Ferreira Brian Fritz Debbi Frost Colleen and Gregory Goodman Julie Gundlach and Dan Young Shane Hampton Sandra Hazen Mark and Melissa Hosking Don Hubert Benefit Fund JP Equipment & Service Co. Panzarino/ Tango Elizabeth and Daniel Klein Mary Konet Jan Kramer and Family Janice Lalley Colleen Landfried Verda Mae Lewis Roger Liu Verna Looker Terry Lynch - International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers M Booth & Associates, Inc. Jeanne Magoshi and Family Joseph Mangino Dan Mark The Mattaini Family Foundation Mediacom US Alexandrea Miletto Joan Millimaki Anne and Frank Mongelluzzi Catharine Moser Jean Mulroney & Family R. Bryan Nace Attorney at Law Isamu Nigro Sandra O Heir Marie Palma Donna and Domenic Papa Philadelphia Investment Banking Company Michele Piperides Victoria Platz Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC Andrea and Joel Press Ken and Marilyn Prindle Rose, Snyder & Jacobs Joseph Roti Roti Russell Investments Marie and Dennis Ruth Sharon Sanfosso Melissa Schopfer Mora Segal and Jeff Lemberg Nancy Silva Lorna Staples Christine Stuhlmiller Arleen Teplinsky Faith Vandermar Susan Vento Mary Lou Vidergar Janice Webber and Family Joy Whitney Jeannie and Dennis Woodard $100 - $499 Anne Aaberg Jim Aaberg Richard and Kim Abbamonto Caroline Abela Robin and Joseph Aboyoun AC Ramirez, Inc. Margaret and David Acampora Debra and David Acker Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Acosta Thomas Adamo Lodema Adams Nancy and William Adams Adobe Anoma and Ali Ahmed Mary Ann and Abe Aleman All Facets Services Pat and Harry Allex Harry Allison Thomas Almond American Document Management Lucia and Gregory Ames Dedee and Robert Amsler Analytical Excellence Inc Hashem Safa and Family Carol Anderson Bonnie and John Anderson Dawn Andrys-Popowitz Barbara Apking Paul Archer Talia Aron Asil Services, INC Asset Management Group, LTD Dolores Asturino Eric Atala Susan Aubert Linda and Rod Ausmus Anne Avni Donald Badaczewski Rahul Bahadur Donna Balestrieri BAMA Street Rod Association Bank of America Matching Gifts Roberta Bannister Pam and Brian Bartelt Helene and Ed Bartkus Tim Basham Laura Bassett Louise and George Batchelor Virginia Bean Bruce A. Bechard Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation Ann Beenick Behan Communications Mary Beth Beidl Jack & Judith Beinlich Noreen Beltrami Erica Bender Mary Alice and Michael Benoit Susyn Berger Susan Berggren Krista Berggren Margaret Peggy Bergin Linda and John Bertolone Bevan & Associates, LPA Bicrumjit Bhullar Jessica and Natan Bibliowicz Gail Bickel Connie Binard Glattly Greg Bingham Pat and Mark Bittmann Raye Black Dee Dee and Tracy Black, Terrie and Fred Buss, Pam Gray, Becky and Tom Hutchison & Linda and Rafael Velez Shirley and David Blackinton Carol Bleisch Scott Blim Maryann Bloch Ilene and Joseph Block Bloomfield Country Club Trinity Blue Lanier Blum John Boese Jeffrey Bonnell Randy and Diane Borchardt Darlene and Don Borgaro Paula Born Mel Borses Elizabeth Boscarino Anne Marie and Justin Bosl Amy Bourland Carolinn and Craig Branchfield W.T. Braun Family Betty Breit Thomas Brennan Margaret and Dale Brewer Bernadette and Tim Broccolo S. P. Brown Mark Brown Marcia Brown

17 Elvira and Bruce Brown Diana Browning Sigrid Brueggemann Nathan Bruneau James Brzana Dan Buckey Amy Buege Ashley Buford Susan Buren Dorothea and Glenwood Burgess Benjamin Burnette Rick and Jill Burnham Ruth Ann and Julian Burns Nancy Buszinski Alice Butler Scott Buzby Sofia Cabral Janice and Jon Campbell Laurent Campo Donna and Joseph Canman Virginia Cappelli Barbara and Burt Carlson Frank Carlson Michael Carruthers Venesha Carthram Lynn and Chad Castro Marcia Castro Ken and Sharon Celic Chemeketa Community College Nursing Grace Chamides Mitzi Chang Stella Chen Helen Ng & Allen Chen Audrey Cheng Bank Cherokee Robert and Kelly Chevalier Ronald Chin Kamyee, Kent, Eric and Wendy Chiu Darciena and Rich Christel Mahtab Christopher Jessica Chu Bonita Churney Larry Ciolek Desiree and Christop Clarke Judy Clem Margo and Mike Clements Sharon and Mark Cloghessy Anne Marie Clogston Mary Coakley and Family Melissa Cobb Halstead Community Ironwood Companies, Inc. Compass Environmental, Inc, Marie Conn Mark Connell Brian Connelly John Conroy - Insulators Local 2 - Homer City Bibis and Dave Consalvi Mae Consalvi Carol Consalvi Geraldine Contrino Edith and Robert Cook Cynthia and Bryson Cook John F. Cooney Stefan Corbin Debbie and Tom Corcoran Marcia and Bernie Coski Paulo Costa Cheryl Cotton Anna and Bradley Cox Bernard & Eunice Coyle Jennifer Cribb John and Jill Cross Frances Crouse Danny Cung Thomas Curteman, Jr. Maria and Robert Dake Barbara Damlos-Ebstein Fran Dash and Family Barbara Davis Deanna Davis Jacqueline Davis Linda Davis Deanna Gage-Bible Study Phillis Decker Jill Ann Deer Kate and Lew Del Gatto Todd Deming Joann Dennett Janet and Lyle Dennis City of Englewood - Dept of Parks and Recreation James Derrico Gloria and William DeWitt Nawzat Dickinson Bob and Rae Dickinson Maria Virginia Dicono Paul Diebel Scott DiPrima Deanna Disimone-Parkin Mary Jane and Ernest Dix W Patrick Doherty Kristen Donay Mary J. Donohue Geralyn and Thomas Donovan Elaine and Randall Dotemoto Mae Doubek Josie Dove Tina Doyle Laureen Dunne Mary Lou Dwyer Pat and Richard Dyhrman Lauralea and Norman Eaker Economic Concepts, Inc. Russel Edge Terry Elling Janet Elloway Donald England Christine Englert Robyn Eoff Mary Jane Erwin Estate of Bill Saffels Laurel Eu Donald Evans Carolyn Evans Betty Evans and Lori Ingram Don Everman Saldin Family Fedelity Charitable Gift Fund Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC Mary and Eugene Field Orange City Firefighters Firstgiving Helene Fischer Mark Fischer and Family Cynthia Flack Phyllis and Richard Fleckner Ruth and Richard Fleschner Linda and Peter Flihan Fred and Nancy Flores Kenneth Fluharty Flynn and Son Funeral Homes Robbie Foltz Priscilla Fortin Carrie Fowlkes James Fox Quin Frazer Joan Frazier Nadia and Ray Freed Donna Frey Paul and Christina Friedman Vera and Ira Friedman Friends at Herbert Hoover Middle Sc Duke Fu Richard Fulk Fun With Jewelry Jennifer and Tom Gaines Rick, Adele, & Ricky Gallo Leticia Galyean Maria and Arthur Gamboa Anthony & Irene Gamboa Yvonne Garcia Hugo Garcia Suarez Cecelia and Earl Gardner Amy Garrett GE Foundation Gail Geijer Gensinger Motors, Inc Mahshid Ghafouri Nazli Ghafouri Rob Giannese Melissa Giddings Darlene Gieseking Bec Gilbert BK Gilbertson Judy Gill Maleah and Trent Gilles David Gilmartin Raymond Giner 17

18 18 Donors continued Joseph Gionfriddo Give With Liberty Paul Glassman Janet Gleason Lisa and Robert Glosson Bill and Tama Gnerre Lenny Goldberg Shelli Golden Goldenberg, Miller, Heller & Antognoli, P.C. Nicki and Ed Goldstein Mary Goldstein Davin Goldsztajn David Golebiewski Lorie and Steven Golich Laurah and George Gomez Linda Goodsitt Amanda and Alan Goodstadt Randy Gori Gori, Julian & Associates, PC Staff Members of Gori, Julian and Associates Margaret and Joseph Govednik Lesca and Tom Grant Law Office of Walter Grantham Girolama & Kevin Gray Audrey and Donald Gregg Kristina Gresham Barry Gross Sherry Grummel Gullo Ford-Mercury Theresia Gunther Emmi and Karl Gunther Kelley Hall Robert and Susan Hallenbeck Nancy and David Hanson Mary and Louis Harding Barbara Harris Jeff Harris Evelyn Hart Ruth Hart Kathy and Jim Harvey Patricia Hatley Carla Hatley Barb and Bob Haveman Pat and Cindy Hayman Sherry and Timothy Hearley David Heater Heatherwood Ladies Golf Association Helene and Glen Heintz Scott Heiser Juan & Yolanda Hernandez Mary Hesdorffer Hazel Hestand Stacy and Robert Hickey Joanne Hilker and Bruce Gerstenkorn Tony Hiller Ann Hirsch Shawn Hitchcock Vickie Hodges Wesley and Myrlinda Hoenshell Jennifer Hoernis Elizabeth Holler Catherine and James Holmes Edwin Holstein, MD Joan and Robert Holton Tim Holton Friends and Co-Workers of Dave Holton Deborah and J. S. Hommer Mike and Jennie Lee Hoover Kim and Raymond Hoover Anita Hu Agnes Hudac Sue Huff Deborah Hunter Daniel Hurley and Joyce Cooper Marilyn Hutchins and Family ICWU Local 12C Jonathan and Janet Isserlin Rocklyn Jacobs Rebecca James Katherine James Renette Janak Linda Janisse Robert Jaworski Rex Jennings Howard and Jessica Jensen Deanne & Alex Jimenez John D. Bradshaw, P.C. Cyd Johnson Michelle Johnson Sandra and Russell Jones Marie Louise and Lor Jones Michael Jones Sophia Jounakos Madeline and Anthony Juliano & Family Margaret Jurgens and Family JurisPro, Inc. Sandy Kahan Daniel Kamm Agnes and David Kane Barbara Kang Carol and Paul Kaplun Sally Jeanne Kappler Edward Karczewski Margaret and Thomas Karpink Carolyn Kavalauskus Steven Kazan Deborah and Timothy Keenan The Keer Families Ann Kelly Christina Kelly Cathleen Kelly Jack Kelly Julianne and Donald Kemmer Daniel Kim Matt Kim John and Jeanette King Marie and Walter Kissinger Kathy and Kent Kistenmacher Jeffrey, Nancy, Melissa, Sarah & Hannah Klatzkow Marci Klein Martha and James Klein Janice and Louis Kliewe Pamela Klingele Nancy and William Koch Eleanore Kolar Susan and Jim Kooz Martha Kopacz Mr. & Mrs. Richard Koppel Mika Kotani Kraus-Anderson Construction Company Annie Kron Debra and Michael Krzyston Ann and Jeffrey Kurzweil Emily and Russell Kuttenkuler Pam and Ron Kutz and Allan Kutz Mr. & Mrs. Terry La Corte Vivian Lager Lake Ronel Oil Company Meg Landrey Brock Landry Gregory and Beverly Lanzetta Ira Lapides Vicki Laurie Ronald and Judy Lawrence G. C. Ledyard, Jr. Ann and Rob Lee Alene and Jerry Lee Ethel Lee-Miller Barbara Lefebvre Fani and Russell Lemken Kathlyn Lemon Claire Lenker Allister Lenn David Lerman Ruby and Robert Lesch & Family Monica Levinson Nadine and Izzy Levy Barbara Libbrecht Britta Lindau Christine Lindner Loretta Linton and Family Valerie Litts Dismas and Erinn Locaria Charles Lomolino Fred London George, Jacky and Alexis Longwell Loretta and Jack Looney Lopina Properties Amanda Losch Jack Lotker Mary and Ricky Lowery Caryl Lowes Bernice Lowes Dolores and Kurt Luebke Phyllis and Robert Lustgarten Linda Lyke Susan and Chris Lyons Karen and Steve Lyons

19 Valery and John Lytle Janice and John Mace MacFarlane, Faletti & Co. LLP Irene and Tom Madden Donald Mahoney Mahwah Ford & Kia Dorothy and Philip Maki Catherine Malara Meryl, Zachary, Jeremy and Hilary Maler Patience Malone Michele Malvesti Judy and Sam Mandarino Jeannette and A. Mervyn Mandelbaum Dan and June Mangone Kristen Mann Latanyta Manuel Vikki and Paul Maranzini March Associates Co-Workers Karrie and Lou March, Jr. Dale Mark Dawn and Michael Markus Judy and Buck Markussen Kathleen and Michael Marques Julie Martin Melissa Martinez John Matteson Roseann Matwijczyk Max Steininger, Inc Mark Mayer Mary McCormack Marge and Louis McCourt Julia and John McCray-Goldsmith Anna McCurdy Dan and Siobhan McDonald Dolores and William McDonough Eva McElmurry Lori and Daniel McIntyre Paul McKinney Susan McLain Marcia McLeod Elaine and Bill McMullen Anne McNally Sen. & Mrs. Henry P. McNamara Ronny McWhorter Jane and Joseph Medeiros Donnie and Mei-Ling Melton Merck Partnership for Giving Autumn Merideth Carmen and Anthony Messineo Marla Meyer Eugene Meyers Carol and Frank Meyers Diane Miletto Carole and Dye Miller Sandra Miller Michael J. Mills and Patrick Ickes Scott Minkow Hanne Mintz Marina Mintz Mary and Michael Miranda & M. Miranda & Associates Karen Mirante and Charles Barber Kathryn Mirtsopoulos The Robert Misen Family Mike and Brooke Modlin Elizabeth Moloney Gregory & Heather Mondel Cheryl and Richard Moore Christopher Morelli Frances Moscato Ann Mosel Mark and Michelle Motley Joseph Mulcahy Margaret Mulligan and Marty Halmi The Mulligan Law Firm Lynn Mullis Paul Murdoch Daniel Murphy Rita Naimoli The Nappa Family Betty and Paul Narey Carol and David Narum Diane and Timothy Naughton Paula Nawinkski Richard S. Neuman Christine Neumeister New Jersey Principals & Supervisors Assoc. - Officers & Staff Mark Newinski Nichols Management Group, Ltd Kimberly and Denny Nicolson Carol and Donald Niebler Kathleen Nieubuurt Kathy Nieubuurt and Family Karen Nixon Marcia and Donald Noble Bruce Noble John Nocero and Family Colleen and William Nolan Chuck and Angela Nolan Jacqueline and Walter Norton Lou and Helene Novak Patricia V. OBrien Faye and E.L. Ogren Amy and Daniel O Herron Francis M. O Malley, DDS Karl-Heinz Oppermann Mary Orendorff Joyce Oriondo Denise and Dale Orr Cynthia Ortman Carole Ostroff The Oufiero Family Crystal Overstreet Christine Smith Oxford Chas, Sandie, Ali, Gavin Paddock Genevieve Palczynski Mary Palesse Tammy and Gene Pao Sandy and Glen Parker June Parson Ted Pascaru Christopher Paslawski Patricia and Donald Pasquale Marilyn and Jim Passarelli Jean and Dennis Passeri Rosemary Patrick Ellen Patton Joann and Leo Pazdziorko Joseph Peia Kathleen Pennington Penson Financial Services Edward Perkins Brian Perona Colleen Pete Patricia and Gregory Peterson Naomi Phillips Jean Picone Nadine and Alfred Piedmont Sylvia Pizzini Mortgage Pledge Douglas Pollard Joan and Robert Price Johanna and James Probst Sharon Prock Lynn Ganson - Providence Health Plan/ Charity Auction Committee Quantative Interest Applications, Inc. Barbara and Don Quinn Barbara and Dennis Rademacher Robert Rahe Raritan Bay Medical Center Lab Kathleen Redmond Lorraine Reed Kim Reeder Reese, Winter and Associates Ltd. Bernice and Richard Regan Frances and RC Reichelderfer George Reilly Catherine and Melvin Reno Neil Renow Katheryn and Paul Rhoads Matthew Rice Carole and Paul Rice Brenda Rich Marsha Richardson Becky Ring Madeline Rios Isabel Rios-Besosa Candice and Martin Risley Jeff Risse Rita Risse Lori Risse Susan and Michael Risse Olga Robbin Joyce Robbins Kim Robert Tim Roberts Sandy Robeson Patricia Rockett 19

20 Donors continued Darryl Rodenhofer Carol Rodgers Beth and Robert Rohe & Family Mark and Kathy Romant Erin Romero Arlene and Evans Ronshausen Helen and Irving Rosen Deborah and Joseph Rosenberg Linda and Herb Rosenblum Dennis Rosenfeld Stan Ross Renata and Rich Rothfleisch Dorothy and John Rotondo Richard Roule Yvonne and Darcey Rousse Joseph Rousse Natalie and Joe Ruiz Barbara Cis Rundle Bryan Runions Lois Russell Julie Russell Denis Russell Joan and Thomas Russell Rose Russo Debbie and Michael Russomano, Jr. Pamela Ryan Laura and Brian Saal Peter Salomone Richard Sameth Elizabeth Sanders Jeffrey Sandman Bonnie and Chris Sauer Mary Beth Savas Susanna Say Virginia and James Scanlon Adeline Schaack Linda and Cliff Schaffer Batty and Maricn Schenkel Robert Scherl Mary Rea Schiszler Hildegard Schmid Rose Schnoor Pam and Jim Schreitmueller Betty Schulstadt Tom and Kathy Schultz Lisa Scofield Patricia Segvich Sandra Seilex Chi-Hang Set Iris and Gregory Shea Carolyn and William Sheaf Kathryn Shields Jean Shipman Jolene Shorr Gretchen and Michael Sieben Robert Sierzega Linda Simmons Maryann Skitarelic Mary Ann and Bob Skowrinski Shirley Slater Pam and Mike Sloan John Smolik Lydia Sohn Sandra and Elliot Solomon Betty Spaeth Melissa Speelman The Spina Family Kimberly Spitzer Bill and Karen Spracher R Starke Orange Fire Dept. Station 5 Jan and J.M. Steele Alice Steigerwald Barbara Stevenson Phyllis Stibitz Jane Stichler Lorie and Steve Still and Family Joyce and James Stocker Susanne Stoeckeler Alice and Robert Stott Mary Stralo and Family Richard Struve and Sandra Cohen Students of Biology 109H Fall 2007 Theresa Sullivan Denise and Charles Sullivan Mary Lou Sullivan-Bryan Joy and Scott Summerfield SunTrust SunTrust Bank T.A.S. Commercial Concrete Construction Therese Tanksley Lorraine Tausz Taxpayer Advocate Service Lisa Taylor Aimee Teplinsky Anne and Paul Terry Joyce and Irv Tessler Debbie, Stacey, Owen and Jeff - The Carnegie Team The Kapel Family The Milwaukee Insurance Foundation, Inc. The Real Estate Finance Group of PNC Bank Evelyn Thomasen Jeanne Thompson Amy Thompson Kathy and Bob Thomson William Thonn Karen and Mick Thurman Robert Tiberi Judith Tolsdorf Trammell Crow Residential Theresia and Bert Trevino & Family Tri County Auto Supply Co. Diane and Steven Trifiletti Edna and Embry Trimble Lauren Tucker Mary Lee Turk Gerald Turnauer TW Metals Peter Twiddy University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library Staff Deborah and Richard Unruh Kim Vahle John Vahle Veronica Valdez Lynn and Steve Vale Van Reed Group II, L.L.C. John Van Vleet Lolamae and Daryl Vasichek Jeanne Vazquez Verus Claims Services Patricia Vickman Anna Villegas Nicholas Vogelzang, MD John Vollmer Co-Workers from Volta Volta Corporation Anil Wali, PhD Mary and Don Walker Rachel and Reid Wallin Elsie Walter Barbara Walter Sandra Walters Shana Wang Mr. & Mrs. John Wardell Patricia and Bruce Wardell Lea Ware Lynn Warren Ingred and E. Kirby Warren Richard Wasser Waters & Kraus, LLP John Webb, Jr. Megan Webber Michelle Webber Susan and Richard Weiner Susan and Peter Weiss Charles Weiss Amy and David Weiss Wanda and Richard Wheeler Lynne and Charlie Whipple Timothy White John and Maribeth White Linda Whitehead Terry and David Whittington Laverne and Joel Whitworth The Wichanski Family James Wilkie Peggy and Richard Williams Charles and Brenda Wilson Steve Wilson Patricia Wilsterman Russell Winburn Carol Wingels Kenneth Winter Roberta and David Wintrode 20


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