Mesothelioma Fundraising is a Continuous Effort
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (the Meso Foundation) announced last week that throughout 2011 the organization continued its efforts to “eradicate mesothelioma” through its advocacy programs and “one-of-a-kind, research program.” The Foundation has raised over $7 million for funding of critical mesothelioma research projects since its inception.
Mesothelioma is a rare, incurable form of cancer primarily caused by exposure to airborne asbestos fibers that is diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year. Although mesothelioma can be treated with varying degrees of success with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, there is still no known cure for the disease. The prognosis for mesothelioma patients is usually grim with an average survival time varying from 4 – 18 months after diagnosis.
In addition to the Foundation’s annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma held this summer, 2011 achievements for the Foundation include:
- The Meso Foundation joined national medical research coalitions including the Friends of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a way to “amplify” the message about mesothelioma.
- The Foundation worked with staffers from the New York Congressional delegation to urge the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to include cancer as a covered disease in the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program.
- 55 members of the mesothelioma community visited over 73 representatives during Washington on Advocacy Day in June.
- Medical liaison Mary Hesdorffer testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the importance of continuing to include mesothelioma as an eligible disease in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for Fiscal Year 2012.
Mesothelioma research is expensive and time-consuming. Projects often run over five years and continuous funding is critical for bringing the projects to completion. By continuing to raise awareness of the tragedy of mesothelioma, the Meso Foundation brings much needed funding to the field.
“Our advocates have taken the initiative to raise awareness on Capitol Hill and across the country,” said Meso Foundation’s executive director Kathy Wiedemer, “with each effort taking us a step closer to our goal of ending the mesothelioma tragedy.”
The Meso Foundation is one of the leading foundations “dedicated to eradicating the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma.” A donation to the Meso Foundation will help fund grants and critical research, advocate in Washington, D.C. for greater federal funding, and educate patients, families and doctors on current treatment options.