About Us

Sarcoidosis Network Foundation, Inc.

The mission of the Sarcoidosis Network Foundation, Inc., is to promote education and awareness; support research to find the cure and prevention; and, to improve the quality of life for those affected by Sarcoidosis.


The foundation is organized as a non profit, 501(c) Corporation; contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible.

To reach the Foundation

11428 East Artesia Blvd, Suite #10

Artesia, CA 90701



Earl Jacobs, Jr.


In an effort to help himself and others who had questions concering sarcoidosis, Earl Jacobs, Jr. organized the Sarcoidosis Network (SN) in February, 1992.

Earl was definitely a "can do" kind of man. He didn't complain about sarcoidosis, instead, he started the awareness network to help solve the mystery of his disease.

To quote the founder: "Six years ago, I decided to learn all that I could abut sarcoidosis and share that information with those who have similar questions about this disease. I am particularly concerned about the lack of knowledge about sarcoidosis by many health care providers".

Earl put his work ethics to the test as he researched sarcoidosis and shared what he learned with others afflicted by this disease. He also worked tirelessly to encourage and motivate patients battling this mysterious disease. The SN has grown tremendously since its inception and now has contact with people all over the world.

In 1996, the network became the Sarcoidosis Network Foundation, Inc. (SNF). Some of his contributions by his labor of love are a quarterly newsletter, monthly support meetings, literature on sarcoidosis, an information hot line, and an Annual Awareness Day Conference and Workshop.

Medical Advisors

Kamyar Afshar, DO

Director, Advanced Lung Disease Program

UC San Diego Health

La Jolla – San Diego, CA

Rajkumar Dasgupta, M.D., FACP, FCCP, FAASM

Professor of Clinical Medicine USC

Division of Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Los Angeles, CA

Bernard Hardy, M.D

Chief Medical Officer

South Bay Family Health Care

Torrance, CA

Thomas Mahrer, M.D., F.C.C.P.

Assistant Clinical Professor UCLA School of Medicine

Pulmonary Medicine – Kaiser Hospital

Los Angeles, CA

Binh Ngo, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology

USC Keck School of Medicine

Los Angeles, CA

Catherine Sassoon, M.D.

Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care

VA Long Beach health Care System

Long Beach, CA

Darryl M. Sexton, M.D. (Emeritus)

City Health Officer

Long Beach Health and Human Services

Long Beach, CA

Board of Directors

Fay Marshall

Jennifer Gibson 

Charmaine McFarlane

Executive Board

Ruth Jacobs


Charles Walker

Vice President

Dorothy Walker


Jean Johnson-Bell


"Helping to Solve the Mystery of Sarcoidosis"