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The Meso Foundation Board of Directors: Donald A. Bendix

Meet Donald A. Bendix, Treasurer

Mesothelioma Board of Directors: Donald A. Bendix, MD, PhD

Don Bendix is a retired CFO having served in that position for Ellison Machinery Company during his 40 year employment with the firm. Ellison Machinery is a distributor of machine tools and operates with branch offices throughout most of the United States. Don sold his interest in the company and retired in 2007. During his years in the machine tool industry, he served in various capacities for the American Machine Tool Distributors Association which culminated in the Chairmanship during 2002-2003. Don graduated from U.C.L.A. in 1959.

The Bendix family was introduced to the world of mesothelioma when their son, Ken, was diagnosed with peritoneal meso in early 2007 after several months of inconclusive tests for an undetermined origin of cancer and ascites in the abdomen. He died on September 29, 2009, at the age of 47, and had been President of an American subsidiary of a French software company specializing in “data mining."

Ken had been helped measurably by the Foundation as he searched for information and resources to assist in his quest for effective treatment. He started a fund raising effort through the Foundation a year before his death with the intent to provide money for research. It culminated in the establishment of the Ken Bendix Memorial Grant shortly after his death. He attended the Meso Symposium in June 2009, and served on a panel to solicit funding from the Department of Defense for meso research during that same trip to Washington.

Northridge, CA

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