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The 6th Annual HFMA of Northern California Vincent Acquisto Memorial Golf Tournament

Under warm blue skies, 70 golfers teed it up at the beautiful Nicklaus Golf Club in Monterey, California at the 6th Annual HFMA of Northern California Vincent Acquisto Memorial Golf Tournament. The scramble-format tournament started in the early afternoon.

The winning Vincent Acquisto Memorial Golf Tournament team was a golf threesome of Fred Binczewski II, Eddie Binczewski and Greg Labow with a total score of 59.

The second-place team was Joe Krerlow, Dave McGrew, Michael Schoeder and Anthony Thompson with a team score of 60. They won a tiebreaker with the third-place foursome of Matthew Gaudy, Anthony Harrison, David Laing and Doug Speakman.

Laing won the pre-tournament putting contest with a big breaking, 60-foot putt measuring less than a half inch from the hole. The putt broke the hearts of many of the golf contestants, knowing the only hope of winning was to sink the crazy putt with a big left to right swing.

The closest-to-the-pin winner was Doug Speakman, who also won a pair of San Jose Sharks lower bowl tickets in a Tournament drawing. The women’s closest to the pin winner was Joany Pardee, straightest drive was Susan Cannon and longest drive was Karen Kalis all from Texas.

The longest drive men’s winner was Mark Swartz, with a 330-year blast that he credited his playing partner Ed Moses for the prize assist. The women’s long drive winner was Susan Cannon.The men’s straightest drive winner was Eddie Binczewski and the women’s champion was Candace Caballero.

The men’s Marshmallow Long Drive winner was Eddie Binczewski with a VAMGT record of 77 yards. The women’s Marshmallow Long Drive winner was Susan Acquisto.

Unfortunately, nobody was able to sink an ace on the Nicklaus Club’s signature 14th hole to win a brand new, 2017, red convertible Camaro sponsored by Peninsula Chevrolet. Additional fun was had on two holes as the foursomes were challenged by Dixon Golf.

The evening concluded with a post-round cocktail hour and buffet dinner with a presentation from Dr. Bob Kerlan, a key physician leader of the UCSF Scientific team along with Dr. Katie Kelley and Dr. Alan Venook devoted to research and treatment of cancers of the bile duct, gall bladder and liver. His presentation highlighted three patients ages, 29, 46 and 59, who showed great improvement as a result of the latest developments in research with the use of new drugs, that helps the patient’s own immune system fight this cancer along with new procedures that target the cancerous tissue.  This is exciting progress as The Bili Project Foundation gives 100% of the proceeds from it’s fund raisers to this important research. The dinner also included recognition of Joany Pardee who lost her husband this year to bile duct cancer and her efforts to raise awareness in support of The Bili Project Foundation with her two teams of foursomes friends that traveled from Texas to participate in the Golf Tournament and express ongoing support in the fight for early detection and curative treatments for this cancer.

There were 170 raffle tickets sold for the drawing of the trip to Tuscany, Italy with the winner being Mark Simens. The total amount of $18,492.00 was raised with the raffle,  the ongoing support of Dixon Golf with their hosting of several golf challenges that add to the fun and donor support of this event, and  the dedicated members of HFMA.

Check out a few photos from the event below.

Blackhawk Women’s Golf Association chooses The Bili Project as its benefiting charity!

The Blackhawk Women’s Golf Association (BWGA) chose The Bili Project Foundation as its benefiting charity for their annual Golf Tournament hosted by the Blackhawk 9er’s. Bronzie Dabney (Captain), Mary Quinn (Co-Captain) and Linda McColgan (2016 Captain) lead the efforts in coordinating the raffle prizes which raised a total of $1,365.00. Prizes included foursome rounds of golf at Blackhawk Country Club, Crow Canyon Country Club and Dublin Ranch Golf Course.

Sue Acquisto, co-founder of the foundation presented at the luncheon to raise awareness of the foundations mission and the research advances happening with these cancers.

  

 

HBTB Patient Enrollment Numbers Continue to Grow!

Currently, as of September 30, 2017, there are 365 patients with banked samples in the UCSF Hepatobiliary Tissue Tumor Bank. The Foundation believes that the ongoing maintenance of such a bank, specifically for Hepatobiliary tumors, will significantly enhance the ability to accurately diagnose and treat patients with these deadly diseases.

The graph below summarizes the patient enrollment data for the Hepatobiliary Tissue Bank. When the HBTB was activated it started out with 25 cases that were migrated from a pre-existing collection – a clinical trial that began years before the tissue bank opened. The UCSF Medical team definitely has made significant strides in obtaining samples to continue research efforts in finding early detection methods and treatments towards a cure for hepatobiliary cancers.

The collaboration map below shows the institutions across the nation who are working and collaborating together on several projects involving hepatobiliary cancers. See below to find some of our newest institutions join in as an HBTB Specimen/Data Collaborators. The various projects include genome wide association studies and retrospective studies wherein UCSF accesses the repository of specimens and data in the bank. This sharing of data and specimens allows UCSF, a regional cancer center along with these highly respected cancer hospitals and institutions to work together to advance hepatobiliary cancer research.

HBTB Patient Enrollment Numbers Are Growing!

Currently, as of February 9, 2017, there are 322 patients with banked samples in the UCSF Hepatobiliary Tissue Tumor Bank. As mentioned before, the Foundation believes that the ongoing maintenance of such a bank, specifically for Hepatobiliary tumors, will significantly enhance the ability to accurately diagnose and treat patients with these deadly diseases.

The graph below summarizes the patient enrollment data for the Hepatobiliary Tissue Bank. When the HBTB was activated it started out with 25 cases that were migrated from a pre-existing collection – a clinical trial that began years before the tissue bank opened. The UCSF Medical team definitely has made significant strides in obtaining samples to continue research efforts in finding early detection methods and treatments towards a cure for hepatobiliary cancers.

 

The collaboration map below shows the institutions across the nation who are working and collaborating together on several projects involving hepatobiliary cancers. See below to find some of our newest institutions join in as an HBTB Specimen/Data Collaborators. The various projects include genome wide association studies and retrospective studies wherein UCSF accesses the repository of specimens and data in the bank. This sharing of data and specimens allows UCSF, a regional cancer center along with these highly respected cancer hospitals and institutions to work together to advance hepatobiliary cancer research.

Minerals! The Forgotten Nutrient

The Bili Project Foundation to Benefit From Sales of New Book!

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We’ve got some exciting news to share! The Bili Project Foundation’s Co-Founder, Joy Stephenson-Laws, has written a book and part of the proceeds will benefit The Bili Project Foundation. There is a chapter that discusses the relationship between minerals and cancer and we hope you will support our foundation by purchasing this book or considering gifting it to a loved one.

Remember, it’s never too late to start taking steps to improve your health.

 Click HERE to purchase!

The 2016 Vince Acquisto Memorial Golf Tournament was a Success!

More than 85 golfers tee’d it up at the 5th Annual Vince Acquisto Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, October 10, 2016, at Blackhawk Country Club. The winning foursome in the scramble format was Ed Moses, Neil Melloy, Greg Handy and Scott Mattic. Paula Wogan won the Marshmellow drive and Karen Maxwell won the Womens longest drive.

After the round of golf, dinner guests enjoyed a cocktail hour featuring a silent auction featuring golf memorabilia and wine. The foundation raised a grand total of $18,665.79 which will go towards continued efforts in finding a cure for hepatobiliary cancers.

For more information on how you can join in on the fun at next year’s event please email info@thebiliproject.org.

The Bili Project Joins GI Cancers Alliance

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 The Bili Project Foundation Joins GI Cancers Alliance to Elevate Patients’ Voices Against Gastrointestinal Cancers

Twenty organizations unite to raise awareness, provide education and advocate for gastrointestinal cancers

Burbank, CA (JUNE 7, 2016) —  The Bili Project Foundation joins 19 other cancer advocacy groups from around the United States to form the GI Cancers Alliance, committed to the fight against gastrointestinal cancers, which include many of the leading cancer killers.

The mission of the GI Cancers Alliance is to raise awareness, provide education and advocate for the prevention, treatment and cure of gastrointestinal cancers through a collaboration of advocacy groups, industry and institutional partners.

The groups’ organizers have come together because of a shared goal to create a stronger more unified voice in the fight against gastrointestinal cancers.

The groups’ leadership met June 4 during the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago to elect its chairs: John Hopper, executive director of the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, and  board director of the National Pancreas Foundation; and Martha Raymond, executive director of Michael’s Mission and founder/CEO of The Raymond Foundation and Alliance co-chair.

In addition to The Bili Project Foundation, the 19 other organizations of the Alliance include Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Colon Cancer Alliance, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Beat Liver Tumors,  The Cholangiocarcinoma FoundationColon Cancer Challenge, Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer, Esophageal Cancer Action Network, Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Gastric Cancer Foundation, Global Liver Institute, Hope for Stomach Cancer, Michael’s Mission, National Pancreas Foundation, No Stomach for Cancer, The Raymond Foundation, The Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers, and Target Cancer Foundation.

The participating groups represent the various types of cancers that make up gastrointestinal cancers, or the group of cancers that affect the digestive system. This includes cancers of the esophagus, gallbladder, bile duct, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel (large intestine or colon and rectum) and anus.

Lilly Oncology and Taiho Oncology are the founding industry non-voting members of the GI Cancers Alliance. They provide funding for advocacy activities and education.

The Alliance will focus on creating programs to raise general awareness about GI cancers and create resources and tools that will fill gaps for patients where they can make the largest impact.

 

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Today is the Day!

TODAY IS THE DAY! World Cholangiocarcinoma Day is an international effort to raise much-needed awareness of cholangiocarcinoma, a devastating cancer that occurs in the bile ducts in or outside the liver. This poorly understood and under researched disease is increasing in incidence globally – we believe collaboration is the way forward! Let’s make a difference and SPREAD AWARENESS about this little known cancer. #WorldCCADay

A Bile Duct Cancer Story of Hope: Michael Lax

Michael Lax tells his bile duct cancer story of hope. In May 2014, Michael was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma. After undergoing surgery, in January 2015, Michael was declared cancer free.

World Cholangiocarinoma Day 2016

WorldCCADayWorld Cholangiocarcinoma Day is an international effort to raise much-needed awareness of cholangiocarcinoma, a devastating cancer that occurs in the bile ducts in or outside the liver. This poorly understood and under researched disease is increasing in incidence globally – we believe collaboration is the way forward.

The Bili Project Foundation is proud to be a partner in first ever World Cholangiocarinoma Day in an effort to raise awareness of this silent killer.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Share the global awareness message on social media, and with friends and family.

We need your help to raise much needed awareness of cholangiocarcinoma. Become part of the collective voice of those advocating for patients with this devastating cancer. Join with us in telling the world that cholangiocarcinoma is a cancer that can’t be ignored.

KEY POINTS

  • Many don’t know what cholangiocarcinoma is, and that lack of awarenesss is a major problem.
  • Most with cholangiocarcinoma are diagnosed too late for potentially curative surgery – ways to
    earlier diagnosis are desperately needed.
  • We need to stand together and tell the world that cholangiocarcinoma is a cancer that can’t be ignored.
  • We need to talk about cholangiocarcinoma.
  • Find out more about cholangiocarcinoma on the pages CCA: The facts and CCA: The statistics
    and on the websites of the World Cholangiocarcinoma Day partners listed on the Home page.
Visit wwww.worldcholangiocarcinomaday.org for more information.

*All information courtesy of WorldCholangiocarinomaDay.org

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