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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.

A LuLaRoe Fundraiser to Support Bili!

The Bili Project Foundation is proud to have supporters like you! Live in the Pennsylvania area? Join Stephanie at her LuluRoe Open House on July 29th as she helps raise awareness and funds for hepatobiliary cancers! A portion of the proceeds will go to help The Bili Project Foundation. Thank you Stephanie and Angelyn for your support!

Save the Date!

Hungry for Health?

Join us in Ojai, CA on September 17-18th for Proactive Health Labs’ (pH Labs) Hungry for Health fundraising event. Proactive Health Labs’ mission is to make it easier to lead a healthier life, reduce the incidence of chronic disease and obtain better health information for a healthier future!

Proceeds to Benefit Proactive Health Labs and The Bili Project Foundation!

Registration and event details coming soon!

Join Us!

Join us at the 6th Annual Vincent Acquisto Memorial Golf Tournament. Your purchase of a $100 raffle ticket offers you the chance to win a trip to Tuscany, Italy! Proceeds from the raffle will benefit The Bili Project Foundation. For more information on the 6th annual event, please visit the event page HERE.

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.

Today is World Cholangiocarcinoma 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.

To help spread the word, our sister company – The Law Offices of Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman helped us to further raise awareness by playing the #WhispersGame. Cholangiocarcinoma is the cancer no-one can say and no-one talks about. So, it’s time to get the word out, help to fight this disease and help to spread the word. Are you ready for the challenge? It’s now your turn! #WorldCCADay

You can learn more about World Cholangiocarcinoma Day HERE.

World Cholangiocarinoma Day 2017

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.

The Bili Project Foundation is proud to be a partner in the second 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

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!

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