Los Angeles, CA. Neither the heat, the dust, the threat of rattlesnakes nor the specter of bad guys with six shooters were enough to deter over 300 cancer warriors from braving the Pacific Meso Center’s 5k walk in the iconic old Hollywood saloon town of Paramount Ranch this past Sunday.
This is the kind of courage and give-back, can-do, never-say-die spirit that motivates Worthy Brewing. We are always proud to sponsor cancer advocacy events, but this one is personal.
Mesothelioma. It’s hard to even pronounce the word. Very few people have heard of it. It’s a rare cancer of the lung and abdominal linings that’s caused by asbestos. About 3,000 Americans are afflicted annually with mesothelioma and the average survival without treatment is about 9 months.
Our owner, Roger Worthington, has been representing men and women stricken with this rare cancer since 1988. Over his career Worthington has donated millions of dollars to non-profit efforts to find a cure for this deadly disease.
“It was a joy to see so many families out there on the trail, “ beamed Worthington. “Despite the heat and dust, everybody was smiling and laughing and enjoying the blessings of doing a worthy thing for a worthy cause.”
In it’s fourth year, the PMC 5k walk generated slightly over $100,000, a new record. The money will be used to support ongoing benchwork research and clinical trials on the use of immunotherapy, cryoablation and vaccines to convert mesothelioma from a drop-dead fatal cancer into a chronic and treatable disease.
“It was also gratifying to see so many thirsty Californians enjoying Worthy’s Easy Day Kolsch,” said Worthington, noting that the light, crisp German style ale was the first beer to sell out. “Cancer patients and their families are forced to endure unspeakably hard days and nights. They deserve an Easy Day.”
In the next few weeks, Worthy will again brew it's delicious Local 36 Red Lager, a beer dedicated to the first Asbestos Workers labor union in Portland, Oregon to retain Worthington in the early 1990s. Local 36 Red Lager - the so called "Lagger's Lager," will be on tap at taverns and restaurants along the Columbia and Willamette River waterfront.
For more information on the Pacific Mesothelioma Center, a 501©(3) non-profit, please click here.
Sept. 29, 2015
Worthy Warriors! From Left to Right: Diana Jasniy, Victor Jasniy, Michael Johnson and R.G. Worthington. Meso brings out the worst in corporate America and the best in hard working Americans. Bless courageous people like the Jasniys and Johnsons for standing up against the ruthless asbestos companies and demanding justice.