'Greatest Escape' ride raises $100,000 for mesothelioma research

Publish Date: 
Sep 30, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The recent "Greatest Escape" motorcycle ride for a mesothelioma research center raised $100,000.

Hundreds of riders on Sept. 29 joined in the scenic, 32-mile ride up Pacific Coast Highway that started at Bartels Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Rey and ended at Sycamore Cove beach in Malibu. A dozen California Highway Patrol officers escorted the ride.

Riders raised $50,000, and event sponsor Worthington & Caron PC is matching that amount for a $100,000 total donation to the Pacific Meso Center (PMC) at The Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (PHLBI).

A half-century ago, movie viewers watched Steve McQueen's character flee the Nazis by jumping a barbed-wire fence on a motorcycle in the WWII drama “The Great Escape.” (The jump was actually performed by stunt rider Bud Ekins.) McQueen died of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer.

“McQueen's motorcycle ride is emblematic of the escape from mesothelioma that cutting-edge medical research may someday bring to tens of thousands of victims of this life-threatening disease,” said a statement from PMC. The funds will be used to support PMC's activities including research to discover new treatments for mesothelioma. 

Worthington & Caron, the event sponsor, is a law firm specializing in asbestos-related mesothelioma cases. 

Posted by Holly Wagner