Join Us for the 5th Annual

"Greatest Escape"


Motorcycle Ride Sunday,

June 4th, 2017  

About Us


“The Greatest Escape” Motorcycle Ride originated as a tribute to “The Great Escape” movie starring Steve McQueen, who died of mesothelioma. Since its inception, hundreds of riders have gathered each year to honor those who have lost the fight against mesothelioma and to raise money for research. 

About the Pacific Mesothelioma Center: Established in 2002, the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, research institute that is committed to advancing medical research that may lead to new treatments, early detection and prevention programs for chronic disorders— including diseases of the heart, lung and blood.

The Pacific Mesothelioma Center (PMC), a division of PHLBI, is focused on the treatment and prevention of malignant pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer with few treatment options and even fewer sources of research funding. The PMC’s mission is to better serve a growing number of mesothelioma victims by supporting the nation’s first-of-its-kind, and only, medical research laboratory that conducts intramural research. The PMC operates in conjunction with the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center (West LA VA) and the UCLA Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program. Together with the West LA VA and UCLA, the PMC aims to provide laboratory-to-the-bedside research and works to improve mesothelioma victims’ lives and longevity by exploring innovative ideas for better treatment options. 

The PMC’s Scientific Advisor, Dr. Robert B. Cameron, is a pioneer in the field of mesothelioma and has been treating patients for over 20 years. Dr. Cameron is the Director of the UCLA Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program, Senior Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West LA VA. Dr. Cameron is able to significantly benefit patients with this rare and difficult cancer through meticulous lung-sparing surgery and an innovative approach to follow-up care. His approach is to spare the lung and treat the patient as though they have a chronic disease, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. 

About Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer and is diagnosed in approximately 2,000-3,000 people in the United States each year. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos is finer than human hair, invisible and easily inhaled. Once inhaled, the fibers are able to proceed past the lung and lodge in the chest lining (pleura) over the course of 20-60 years. This rare disease often goes undetected as doctors look to more common causes of the symptoms

To learn more about the Pacific Mesothelioma Center, visit www.PacificMesotheliomaCenter.org . 

Contact Us
1(888) 996- MESO (6376) 
info@phlbi.org