Mesothelioma Awareness Day: Celebrate Advancements in Mesothelioma on September 26

Mesothelioma Awareness Day was established by Meso Foundation volunteers in 2004. Since then it has been the driving force behind the movement to bring more attention and funding to this aggressive, speedy and dangerous cancer.

In the last twelve years, through various activities on Mesothelioma Awareness Day, including the wearing of blue, sharing stories of Mesothelioma, and interaction with the Today Show, the Meso Foundation and its volunteers have been able to obtain proclamations by both the Senate and House, raised roughly a million dollars, received local government proclamations, and gained a great deal of media coverage for their stories, events, and activities.

So, the Meso Foundation offers plenty of ways to participate in Mesothelioma Awareness Day this coming September 26, 2016. Everyone in the nation is encouraged to wear blue, especially the blue Mesothelioma Awareness shirts sold by the Meso Foundation. Share your story of Mesothelioma across social media and other online communities to bring awareness to the rest of the world. The Meso Foundation is open to hear everyone’s story on their page. Everyone is also encouraged to watch or attend the Today Show, where many will be interviewed for their stories on mesothelioma, OR also share your story with local media to bring Mesothelioma Awareness Day to the front of the line.

LOOKING BACK AT 2015

Meso Foundation volunteers gathered at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to raise awareness at the Today Show on Mesothelioma Awareness Day last year. The Today Show interviewed Erica Iacono, Meso Foundation board member, for more detailed mesothelioma information. The Meso Foundation also hosted its New York Regional Conference on Malignant Mesothelioma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where local and regional area experts gathered to discuss a variety of topics related to mesothelioma

For increased awareness, last year all of those affected by this cancer, both patients and their families, friends and neighbors, were asked by the foundation to wear blue. In the same way that pink portrays awareness for breast cancer around the world, blue is intended to do the same thing for mesothelioma victims.

On September 26 every year, people around the world come together to celebrate Mesothelioma Awareness Day, raising awareness about a disease that leaves tragedy in its path. An aggressive asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma kills an average of 3,000 people every year. From medical breakthroughs and in-depth exposés on treatments for asbestos victims, survivors are now living longer than ever before. We must now all come together to celebrate the advancements, remember the lost and continue to work toward finding a cure.

It is never easy dealing with mesothelioma, our researchers, physicians, caregivers and survivors deserve a great deal of appreciation for their dedication to making in mesothelioma and banning asbestos. On Mesothelioma Awareness Day everyone across the country is able to take care of an amazing level of respect and awareness for all of these individuals.

Additional Groups: Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is more than a single day, and for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) it’s every day. Asbestos victims endure unfathomable pain, suffering and anger as they fight preventable diseases. ADAO has worked continuously with the undeniable power of social media and their Raise Your Voice/#ENDMeso campaign circling the globe. Working to elevate feelings of hope, unity and community, ADAO urges asbestos victims to share their stories, and support legislation that will put an end to the asbestos in our environment and support a cure for asbestos-related diseases.

The Mesothelioma Center

For years now the Mesothelioma Center has been working on medical advancements in treatment of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Multimodal approach and numerous surgical techniques used by mesothelioma specialists lead to longer life expectancy. With many of the advertisements regarding the occurrence and treatment of mesothelioma hope for positive treatment is not always clear. But there is great potential for asbestos victims to receive financial assistance from employer trust funds, along with increased awareness for both themselves and their families. Mesothelioma Awareness Day allows the entire nation to raise awareness and support scientific progression such as clinical trials and early detection.

Matthew Davis

Author

Matthew Davis has studied journalism at the University of Colorado and has covered civil litigation for a variety of publications. He joined Mesowatch in 2016 and covers asbestos litigation developments in the U.S., as well as newsworthy asbestos cases.