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									                                                             Straight Talk About Treating Liver Tumors
                                                                                        “When The Improbable is Possible”




 The Liver Symposium                                                                                              Volume 3 Issue 2
                                                     focus
       Dr. Andrew Kennedy, Jim
       Belushi, and The Sacred
       Hearts Break The Ice At
       The Liver Symposium
     Survivors, caregivers, advocacy groups, and medical professionals
     gathered May 14th – 16th at The Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois
     for the 1st Annual Liver Symposium. The event began with an
     opening survivor dinner and welcome by Symposium Co-Director,
     Dr. Andrew Kennedy. Dinner was followed by an incredibly uplifting
     and entertaining performance by entertainment great Jim Belushi and
     The Sacred Hearts. “Cancer, fear, and illness,” wrote Becky Hoban
     Hines, “were replaced with dancing, camaraderie, laughter and the
     love of some fantastic Blues music.”

      LEADING PHYSICIANS ADDRESS THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE
              DIAGNOSED WITH INOPERABLE LIVER TUMORS –
                    EITHER PRIMARY OR METASTATIC
  Treating liver tumors is becoming increasingly important. A variety of excellent treatment options are available
  and ensuring that the medical team is aware of them as well as making resources available for patients and their
  families is paramount. The first day of the symposium began with discussions about the importance of support
  and advocacy and also how to determine the treatments and physicians that are best for each individual as well
  as stories of survival from patients. The second day of the symposium brought an impressive lineup of
  physicians discussing these emerging treatment possibilities and included Dr. Brian Clary, Dr.Doug Coldwell,
  Dr. Andrew Kennedy, Dr. Charles Nutting, Dr. Steve Rose, Dr. Riad Salem, And Dr. Harpreet Wasam.
  (continued on page 3)




                                                  THANK YOU


                                              A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Kennedy (pictured left) and his dream team (right: Dr. Andy
Dezarn, Darlene Baum –who spent countless hours with phone calls and emails, Dr. Kennedy, with Curtis Salgado, and Mary England)
for their support and many months of planning to make The Liver Symposium possible. The countless hours, dedication, and expertise
made the event a huge success. Dr. Kennedy’s gift of photography has provided us all with lasting memories.
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Rich Csarny, PhD and Janet Csarny, RN Rich was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer in 2005. He underwent all of the standard treatments
including radiation and chemo. In 2006 liver mets appeared and he received
more chemo, and then 2 clinical trials. The first trial worked very well for      As the lyrics of an old Jimmy
                                                                                  Dorsey song almost go..."In this
about a year but with troubling side effects, and the second one failed to stop
                                                                                  world, of ordinary people...extra-
progression of his tumors. In June of 2008 his doctor supported him in            ordinary people...we're glad there
receiving SirSpheres for his liver metastases from pancreatic cancer. Shortly     is..."Suzanne Lindley. Jackie & I
after he started the chemotherapy medication Xeloda. His 3 month results of       feel so very fortunate to have
SirSpheres, according to the MRI, showed that a number of tumors had              been part of the priceless
disappeared from visibility and all other tumors had shrunk. NO suspicious        information furnished to all of us
activity! All tumors appeared to be dying. Apart from some scar tissue            "special souls" who were in
formation, there seemed to be no adverse effects of the injection! Follow up      attendance at The Palmer House
scans continue to show no evidence of disease. Great news!!!!!                    in Chicago. The wealth
                                                                                  of invaluable, up to date actual
                                                                                  treatment experiences shared by
                                                                                  the both the giving and caring
                                                                                  doctors and nurses, and over
                                                                                  all professionals in the field of
                                                                                  liver cancer together with the
                                                                                  hands on knowledge of the
                                                                                  newest options available today
                                                                                  offered to us by both the survivors
                                                                                  and the docs themselves. The end
                                                                                  result was so much
Richard Dickerman, PhD and Lois Dickerman, PhD - Dick was                         more additional "hope" and
diagnosed in November. 2004 with Stage IVB esophageal                             optimism of our futures while
adenocarcinoma. Metastases to his lungs, lymph nodes and liver were               dealing with liver cancers, both
already present and he was given 3-6 months to live by a local oncologist.        primary and secondary.
Dick was treated at The University of Colorado Medical Center, Anschutz
Cancer Pavilion. He received chemotherapy for 7 months, once every 28             Jackie & I both left the
days, for 7 rounds total Next he had SIR-Spheres to the liver tumors in           symposium on Saturday evening
August and November 2005 with no detectable side effects or even fatigue          with the thought that being
after either of his SIRspheres treatments. He then had multifocal irradiation     diagnosed with liver cancer today
                                                                                  does not have to be a death
to esophageal walls to destroy remaining primary esophageal
                                                                                  sentence; that there are options
adenocarcinoma cells in October and November, 2005, and Image Guided              out there; that there are survivors
Proton Therapy in July, 2006 to two recurrent lung tumors. Dick and Lois          and most importantly, that there
are affectionately known as our Dynamic Duo and Dick has been free of             can be a tomorrow for all of us.
detectable tumors by PET since July, 2006.
                                                                                  We look forward to attending
                                                                                  another symposium next year!

                                                                                  Jim/Jackie Sachs

                                                                                                   .




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Survivors Continued from page 2

Nancy Hamm, PhD, was diagnosed with primary hepatocellular carcinoma on her birthday in August of 2006.
She first underwent a laparoscopic resection and revealed advanced disease with an 8.8 cm tumor. Several months
later the cancer                                                               returned with a vengeance. She next
went through a clinical                                                        trial that provided her with some
slight regression in                                                           tumors. She went home to discover
that her son had found a                                                       possible “magic bullet” for her
treatment and to Dr.                                                           Robert Martin. As Nancy shared
details of her condition                                                       and prior treatments with Dr. Martin,
he was convinced she                                                           should be allowed to try TheraSphere.
It was a long shot but it                                                      was the only one the family had. A
pre-treatment CT scan                                                          reinforced Dr. Martin’s opinion that
Nancy was a suitable                                                           TheraSphere candidate; he also
recognized that the                                                            innovative treatment was likely her
last hope for survival.                                                        In February 2006 Nancy received a
single TheraSphere treatment for 16 different cancerous lesions on the right lobe of her liver. She calls the
experience “a breeze” and it paved the way for the next miracle in her journey. One year and 47 days after her
diagnosis, Nancy received a priceless birthday gift: a second chance at life. The transplant was a success and when
tested, her extracted liver showed less than one centimeter of residual cancer remaining. Nancy remains healthy
and disease free.

Becky Hoban Hines, RN, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in
October, 1999. She had a radical hysterectomy in December, 1999
with pathology that showed a poorly differentiated squamous cell
carcinoma. Post op report showed all margins were clear and her
only follow-up was frequent pap smears for the next three years.
Literally, at the five year mark she was celebrating and then lo and
behold on January 31, 2006 woke up with a stabbing pain in her
right upper quadrant radiating to her shoulder at a scale of 12 from
1 to 10. She thought that it was a gall bladder attack but instead
discovered that it was a liver full of tumors. It was then found that
the original cancer was in fact a neuroendocrine tumor. She was
now stage IV. She went through 10 months of
Carboplatin/Etoposide and was then found to have no evidence of
disease via PET scan. Five and half months later regrowth was found on a repeat CT scan. She began the same
chemo regimen in July ’07 with some shrinkage. In January, 2008 the tumors became resistant to chemo and she
searched for the next option which turned out to be SIR-Spheres which she received in June ’08. Response was
outstanding until March 09 when re-growth was again discovered. She received her second round of SIR-spheres
just one week before the symposium!! Two tumors remained in the left lobe and this energizer bunny will soon
receive chemoembolization with drug eluting beads to eradicate them as well!


“Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-
  percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent
 chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight.”
                                        Lance Armstrong

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Survivors Continued from page 3

Neil and Sara Jervis – Neil was                                                                     diagnosed with
Stage IV colorectal cancer in January,                                                              2006. His
disease was felt to have been too                                                                   extensive for
resection (of even the primary tumor)                                                               and he was
offered only chemotherapy as a choice                                                               for treatment. He
has been through the gamut of                                                                       chemotherapy
available for colon cancer including                                                                Erbitux, Avastin,
Xeloda, 5fu, FOLFOX, FOLFIRI and                                                                    has looked into
clinical trials. Throughout his journey he                                                          and Sara have
remained physically active, even                                                                    training for the
Ironman. When doctors could offer him                                                               no other options
for treatment, the two researched on                                                                their own and
sought out targeted therapy with SIR-spheres. Neil continues to fight and is an inspiration to all he meets!

Miriam Liggett was diagnosed with Stage 4 Inflammatory Breast Cancer in June 2005. Deciding against a
mastectomy, she then                                                  began chemotherapy and radiation, working
throughout treatment as a                                             public high school teacher. The treatment
appeared to work and her                                              port was even removed. She went back in
for a routine CAT scan                                                and in June, 2008 she learned that the
cancer had metastasized                                               to her liver and another option needed to be
found. She again began                                                chemo and it seemed to be working for a
while, but then became                                                no longer effective. Her liver was saturated
with tumors – at one                                                  point there were at least 18 tumors
involved. She learned                                                 about SIR-spheres through a friend of a
friend and discovered she                                             was a candidate. She had her first treatment
on October 10, 2008 and                                               then in February, 2009 she had her second
procedure because the                                                 cancer was in the center of her liver, so that
her left and right lobe                                               were treated separately. As of June 16,
2009 – now five months later, she has no evidence of disease!! What an inspiration!!!

Jolanta Stettler was diagnosed with ocular melanoma on September 11, 2001. Her eye was removed and she
went back to life as usual. In 2006 she discovered, quite by accident, that she had liver mets and was given about
six months to live. In November,                                               she had a biopsy and asked about
SIR-Spheres. Her tumors began to                                               multiply and grow. Though her
oncologist didn't recommend and                                                instead suggested a trial.
Jolanta and Marek pushed a little                                              harder and were then directed to Dr.
Nutting and set up an appointment.                                             He looked at Jolanta's scans and
thought she might be a perfect                                                 candidate. A screening procedure was
scheduled and Jolanta was indeed                                               eligible for treatment. The celebration
began and the actual appointment                                               was set up for just a week later. She
received her first treatment and had                                           phenomenal success for just over a
year. When the tumors returned she                                             was able to have Therasphere, which
also kept the tumors in check for a                                            period of time. In the meantime, she
underwent brain surgery for brain                                              metastases and then RFA for a
returning liver tumor. More tumors                                             appeared and she began a trial of PHP
and has now received 5 treatment                                               through trial. Her next step will be
another SIR-Spheres treatment in                                               just a few weeks. With young
children at home, and a wonderful                                              husband by her side, she continues to
search for the next option and fight and win!! No other option exists!!



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     A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO OUR SPONSORS WHO MADE
             THE LIVER SYMPOSIUM POSSIBLE

                                  IN KIND DONATIONS:

                                   Conference Edge

                                   Cure Magazine

                                   House of Blues

                                   Lindi Skin

                                   Rich Reilly

                                   Russ and Tiffany Howard

                                   The Ginger People

                                   Three Lollies

                                  ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

                                   Carcinoid Cancer
                                     Awareness Network

                                   Cholangiocarcinoma
                                      Foundation

                                   Colorectal Cancer Coalition

                                    Esophageal Cancer
                                       Awareness Association

                                    Imerman Angels

                                    I’m Too Young For This

                                    Lance Armstrong Foundation

                                    Lilly Oncology On Canvas

                                    National Coalition for
                                        Cancer Survivorship

                                    Survivor Celebration

                                    YES

                                    Yoga For Cancer Survivors

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                                     Sirtex Proud Sponsor of The Liver Symposium




The Liver Symposium offered a special opportunity for patients and survivors to speak candidly with medical
practitioners about personal advocacy, the importance of support, fighting for insurance coverage, as well as how
to effectively communicate with their physicians and discover different treatment options. Leading experts in the
field of liver tumors lectured on innovative procedures and an algorithm for treatment.

The majority of colon cancer patients in the United States develop liver metastases as a secondary condition. At
least 60 percent of the nearly 150,000 Americans diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year will see their cancer
spread to the liver. Metastatic liver cancer has historically been difficult to treat due to the fact that chemotherapy
has often stopped working and traditional radiation therapy is not an option.

SIR-Spheres microspheres often are an option and are approved for use in Australia, the United States of America
(FDA approval), and the European Union (CE Mark) and additionally supplied in countries such as Hong Kong,
Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Israel and Turkey with approximately 8,500 patients treated
worldwide.


                       “We are proud to be a main sponsor for the inaugural Liver Symposium,” said Dr. John
                       Reddington, president of Sirtex Medical, Inc. ”Too often, patients with colorectal liver
                       metastases are not informed about all of the treatment options that exist. Our hope is that by
                       bringing together patients and physicians, we will facilitate open discussions to help “YES is
                       an amazing grassroots organization that functions as an extremely valuable resource to help
                       educate patients and physicians alike in the safe and effective use of 90Y microspheres to
                       treat unresectable liver tumors.”

                           “The Liver Symposium provided a vital forum for
                            patients and physicians to discuss the multiple
  John Reddington, Sirtex challenges and treatments cancer patients face.
 President and Jim Belushi
                            More of these meetings are needed to educate
consumers about their disease and treatment options.” Desiree Gray




                                                                              Suzanne Lindley, Jim Belushi, and Desiree Gray




                                                                      For more information visit
                                                                          www.sirtex.com.


                Joni Payne, Nigel Lange, and Dr. Andy Kennedy




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      The Liver Symposium Delivers Hope to Attendees and Speakers
            Unique gathering draws survivors, clinicians, researchers, and star-studded entertainment

~MDS Nordion

Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hotel recently played host to an event that was as unique as it was uplifting and
inspiring: The Liver Symposium. A two-day affair held on May 15 and 16,
the Symposium drew an unprecedented audience of more than 150 liver
cancer survivors, physicians, nurses, and researchers from across the
nation and Canada.

The Liver Symposium drew wide support from across the patient, medical,
and research communities, with medical presentations offered by a variety
of speakers such as Dr. Riad Salem of Northwestern University’s Robert
H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Care Center and touching, inspiring
stories from a number of cancer survivors, including Nancy Hamm and
Eva Donoghue. The event drew strong support from the medical industry
as well, including generous sponsorships from MDS Nordion, producer of
leading cancer treatment, TheraSphere®.

“The Liver Symposium is an incredibly important in that it allows
different communities – patients, medicine, and research – to come
together to share a wealth of knowledge and personal experiences for the
                                                  benefit of all whose
                                                  lives have been touched
                                                  by cancer,” said MDS          Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel served as
                                                                                the backdrop for dramatic presentations
                                                  Nordion’s Tamra
                                                                                  from physicians and cancer survivors
                                                  Benjamin, Vice
                                                  President, Communications. “MDS Nordion is very pleased to
                                                  have been invited to take part in this extraordinary event.”




   Cancer survivor Nancy Hamm and husband, Clint
     enjoying the music from surprise guests Jim
         Belushi and the Sacred Hearts Band




                                       Tamra Benjamin, Curtis Salgado, and Shelley
                                           MacClean at The Liver Symposium

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                       Symposium Notes from Your Facilitator
                            (aka “the Floor General”)
by Erika Hanson Brown

Words, colorful phrases, and brilliant exclamations do not do true justice to the feelings felt by all, when
attempting to describe our recent, first-annual, Liver Symposium in Chicago. I do not feel that it’s an exaggeration
to note that the participant consensus was, “How soon can we all get together again?” I, personally, overheard any
number of conversations detailing individual plans to stay in direct touch, to meet here and there, and to – for
certain- meet again next year at the Second Liver Symposium.

 So, we all did it: we pulled together all
                                                                       Left – “The Big
 sorts of collaborative interests from all                             Dip” Jennifer Weir
 over the world, and we met in                                         and Jim Belushi
 conference to meet, learn from, and to                                Right –
 enjoy one another in a wonderful                                      Ronnie Lindley,
                                                                       Jim Belushi,
 setting in Chicago. We were                                           Trevor Barlow
 entertained by the music of a Chicago
 son: Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts.
 We kicked off our Symposium with                                                                         Jim Belushi and
                                                                                                         The Sacred Hearts
 some energetic examples of how
 wonderful our lives are – in dance!                                                                       Everyone Is
                                                                                                           Dancing!!!!!!



We were lucky to provide a musical bookend to the Symposium, both with the emotional story of Curtis Salgado’s
own journey with liver cancer and with his exquisite surprise performance accompanied by Alan Hagar for the
after-lunch crowd!




And now that so many of us have met in person, we have real community. Together we have community of
support, friendships, prior knowledge, continual learning, and deep resources, all to utilize in moments of personal
need. We are one very lucky YES Community!

We feel such gratitude to all of you who "showed up" in Chicago. And for those of you who were not able to be
with us: we missed you! Please know, however, that you were very much in our hearts as we connected BIG
TIME BLUES in Chicago.

I ask: when will we do this again, Suzanne?




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                              Chicago Liver Symposium
                            Science Presentation Summary
Andrew Kennedy, MD, FACRO

All lectures are being processed for future webinar access via the YES
website. This brief synopsis is a guide to the content presented at the
inaugural “The Liver Symposium”, May 14-16, 2009.

Dr. Steve Rose (Interventional Radiologist) presented a comprehensive and
fast paced tour of exciting and cutting-edge liver treatments, including
recommendations on who is considered the best candidate for each treatment
option. His dynamic lecture included discussions of regional therapy: arterial
delivery of chemotherapy, embolic agents with chemotherapy, drug eluting
microspheres, percutaneous hepatic perfusion (PHP) and oncolytic virus
therapy.     Local treatments discussed included microwave ablation,
radiofrequency ablation, cryotherapy, and ethanol injection.

Dr. Riad Salem (Interventional Radiologist) is recognized as the leading
expert in 90Y microsphere therapy (radioembolization) for hepatocellular
carcinoma, and a key opinion leader in its use in all tumors treated via
internal radiation. He presented a powerful and authoritative guide to the
key published reports of radioembolization over the years including “in
press” research. In both of his presentations, one on hepatocellular
carcinoma, and a second on neuroendocrine tumors (carcinoids) he balanced
scientific detail with plain and thorough explanations of the “who, how and
why” questions clinicians face selecting the best therapy in these two unique
tumor types.

Dr. Bryan Clary (Hepatobiliary Surgical Oncologist) leads a team of
prominent liver surgeons at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
and is a sought after surgeon for all types of tumors in the liver and upper
abdominal organs (bile ducts, gallbladder, stomach, pancreas, and small
bowel). He presented the key published reports from the largest cooperative
group trials justifying patient selection for resection of liver tumors, and
specifically in which situation it should be performed. He described the
concept of “anatomic” and “non-anatomic” resections which can be life-
saving for many patients.

Dr. Harpreet Wasan (Medical Oncologist) is the director of the leading
cancer organization in the United Kingdom, Hammersmith, and brought his
significant experience and innovation of chemotherapy approaches to colon
and bile duct cancers to this conference. Several weeks after the Liver
Symposium, he led a plenary session at the prestigious annual meeting of the
American Society of Clinical Oncology in which the newest and most
exciting chemotherapy combinations were presented, several designed by Dr.
Wasan. His insights have already changed medical practice in the UK and
North America. His presentation critically examines the use of biologic
agents in colon cancer therapy which is a very important issue for all.
(continued on page 10)



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Science Presentation Continued from page 9


Dr. Charles Nutting (Interventional Radiologist) is considered not only
a favorite “Doc” by a large cadre of patients including many on internet
blogs due to his participation in them, he is a key opinion leader in liver-
directed therapies, particularly 90Y microspheres. Ever the innovator, Dr.
Nutting presented newly published and soon to be published material on
treatments for ocular melanoma liver metastases and showed in detail
how these treatments are accomplished. The highly technical and
sophisticated treatments were presented elegantly and succinctly with
impressive imaging examples of patients receiving treatment (pre and
post therapy).

Dr. Douglas Coldwell (Interventional Radiologist) is a cancer survivor
and dedicated researcher for improving therapy in the liver for primary
and metastatic tumors. He has been the leader in application of 90Y
microspheres for breast cancer liver metastases for more than 5 years.
He updated data on radioembolization for this situation.

Dr. Andrew Kennedy (Radiation Oncologist, Course Director)
specializes in cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. He presented an
overview of radiation therapy techniques and technologies to approach
liver cancers.     These included external beam treatments called
“stereotactic body radiotherapy” or SBRT, and other forms of radiation
applied to liver tumors. The results of prospective phase I and phase II
trials of SBRT for colorectal cancers in the liver published in April 2009
(Journal of Clinical Oncology) were highlighted.


                                         Angel of Hope Award
                                                         By Tiffany Howard
Ladies and Gentleman,

My name is Tiffany Howard from Kansas City, Missouri. It is of the utmost honor and privilege to stand here before you on behalf of
my father, Russ, and my late mother and best friend, Tamara Howard. She was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma that had spread to
her liver in August of 2007. She endured 8 rounds of chemotherapy treatments. In January, 2008 her treating physicians
recommended SIR-Spheres treatment. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City refused to pay for this stating that it was experimental.
Her doctor then performed chemoembolization to try and stop the spread while my father appealed to the state insurance commission.
Blue Cross denied payment for that as well. My father had started a web-site about my mother's cancer and our battle with insurance.
In June of 2008, a woman from Canton, Texas typed in cancer web blogs into Internet Explorer and my father's blog appeared on her
screen. She sent my father an email saying, "Call me, I can help." He was weary, after hearing of this and that concoction from many
across the country, and ignored her email. She wrote back and again he ignored her email. Then this woman, not accepting silence as
an answer to her email signed my mother's guestbook stating again, "I can help, call me." My father picked up the phone and called
her.

It was an incredible conversation with the most amazing woman our family has ever had the privilege of meeting. My parent's refer to
her as "one of God's Angels". She changed my parents view of the world. She reached into their hearts and souls and restored hope
when they had none. She single-handedly fought the state of Missouri on my mother's behalf, refusing all monetary offers from my
parents knowing that they were struggling as my father had left work to fight and care for my mother. My mom's chances for treatment
were slipping so she referred my mom to Dr. Charles Nutting in Colorado for the long awaited SIR-Spheres treatment. He
immediately took her case knowing that our chances of success were slipping. He told us he could not cure her but maybe give her
some quality time. Four days later my parent's phone call to him, she was in surgery in Colorado. My mom left us two months later but
her liver never failed, something else did. This woman from Canton, Texas has made an incredible difference in my family and the
lives of countless others. Her network of FRIENDs from all over the United States reached out to my family in support. Some of you
are here today. What a blessing you all are! (Continued on Page 12)


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               RESOURCES MAKE THE JOURNEY EASIER




"The 2009 Liver Symposium provided a unique and powerful agenda, with cutting-edge medical presentations and inspiring
patient stories. We are proud to have been able to support this symposium and look forward to next year's conference."
Jason Rifkin, DelCath Systems, Inc.
Angel of Hope continued from page 10




My purpose today is to recognize this amazing woman from Canton, Texas who has walked the halls of Congress, worked tirelessly and
passionately on behalf of thousands of people across the country, and without wanting recognition has reached out and into the hearts and
souls of cancer patients around the world.

Most importantly, she brought peace to my mother in her final days knowing that every stone had been turned and that everything possible
had been done.

Suzanne, would you step up here. It is my honor and privilege to present this award to you. It is called the Angel of Hope award on behalf
of my mother and all of the other lives and families you have touched. You are truly an amazing woman and an inspiration beyond
words. We love you!



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                 DeLIVER Hope Award
                     presented to
                    Curtis Salgado
Curtis Salgado has a lot to celebrate. Not long ago he was diagnosed with liver
cancer and told he had eight months to live unless he got a liver transplant which
would generate medical bills upwards of half a million dollars. With no health
insurance and few funds, the man who is one of America's finest blues/soul singers
needed a little help from his friends. When your friends and admirers include the
likes of Steve Miller, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal, you've got a fighting
chance. Numerous benefits were held in multiple cities including a benefit concert
featuring Miller, Cray, Taj Mahal, The Phantom Blues Band, Everclear and Little
Charlie & The Nightcats. Through the generosity of Curtis's friends, fellow
musicians, the Legendary Blues Cruise and thousands of fans who supported Curtis
by attending benefits and auctions or by making private donations, upwards of half a million dollars were raised and Curtis
first received Yttrium 90 to shrink his 5.5 cm tumor and then got his transplant, though there were a few twists and turns in
the road before that happened. A little less than two years after his initial diagnosis, Curtis was able to record Clean Getaway,
an album whose title has an obvious double meaning. With its release on July 8, 2008, Clean Getaway is a triumph in more
ways than one, a sublime collaboration with the most respected session players in Los Angeles that goes to the heart of what
music--and life--is all about.

"I was told I had eight months to live unless I got a liver transplant," Curtis recalls, "and I'm thinking how in the world am I
going to pay for this? Then the benefit happened and the rest came from personal donations from so many people. Bonnie
Raitt paid my rent while I was in the hospital. I have known her since 1980 and she's just the best. Two people gave me their
life savings, when at the last minute, the hospital said we needed thousands of more dollars then we had or they wouldn't do
the operation. This was seven months in and I'd only been given eight months to live. When it didn't look like there would be
a donor in time, my girlfriend even offered to donate half her liver; it turned out that we were a match. Five days before the
operation I was moved from 11 to 24 on the waiting list...it depended on someone dying in the next five days and donating
their liver and then after the liver is harvested you only have eight hours. And fortunately for me, that is what happened." He
delivered all those in attendance not only with his story but with an energetic and incredible performance.




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