The Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting medical research and promoting awareness of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
The lawyers of Simmons Hanly Conroy formed the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation in 2010 with a $2 million donation as part of our ongoing fight against mesothelioma outside the courtroom. The foundation’s mission is to help expert medical and scientific researchers make dramatic advances in mesothelioma treatment options for patients and their families.
Through this mission, we hope to play an important role in supporting the work that will someday eliminate this rare cancer that destroys lives.
Joining Forces. Finding a Cure.
It takes a team to find a cure for mesothelioma, tirelessly working to uncover the mysteries behind this devastating disease. Mesothelioma experts spend countless hours developing better treatment options to ultimately find a way to stop its progression.
The foundation supports expert researchers, treatment specialists, advocates and philanthropic organizations in the on-going fight against mesothelioma. Since the foundation was started, it has cumulatively donated over $8 million to those who have tirelessly devoted their medical careers to fight against this deadly cancer.
Experts who we have supported include but are not limited to researchers from the below institutions.
Mesothelioma Research Partners
The Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
This National Cancer Institute designated cancer center offers cutting edge treatment options through clinical trial opportunities. Medical professionals at the institute are able to discuss novel clinical trials and other treatment options, for which patients may qualify.
Columbia University Medical Center
Columbia University Medical Center’s mesothelioma program develops new treatments that are unique in treating abdominal mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma. The program works with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University to optimize clinical trial options for patients.
The Mesothelioma Program at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center has been a leader in the treatment and research of mesothelioma for over 25 years. As one of the largest mesothelioma programs in the United States, their medical staff is able to offer treatment options best suited for each patient’s diagnosis.
The Penn Medicine Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program at the University of Pennsylvania
The Penn Medicine Mesothelioma and Pleural Program gives patients access to advanced treatments and the combined expertise of physicians who specialize in cancer diagnosis and treatment planning. The program also offers easy access to clinical trials.
The Mesothelioma Specialty Cancer Care Center at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC Cancer Centers
The Mesothelioma Specialty Cancer Center hosts a team of leading experts in mesothelioma treatment. This program offers patients a range of treatment options and continues research to find advanced treatments.
The Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California
This cancer center is home to team of medical professionals working hard to develop new treatment and understanding of mesothelioma. Research includes learning about the ways in which malignant mesothelioma behaves and determining best course of action toward finding a cure.
Taking Comfort. Finding Answers.
When you or someone you love is diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is hard to know where to turn to get the answers you need during this stressful and overwhelming time. It can be difficult to connect with the right mesothelioma specialists. For individuals facing the disease, along with their family and friends, finding accurate information to help you be better prepared can be a daunting task.
While the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation does not give medical advice or counsel, there are a number of credible organizations created specifically for patient and family care that can help you face the challenges ahead and provide hope.
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
TheAsbestos Disease Awareness Organization is an advocacy group dedicated to fully banning asbestos and building awareness about its dangers. Led by Linda Reinstein, who lost her husband to mesothelioma, ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure their rights are fairly represented and protected.
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
TheMesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is the nonprofit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers. It is a resource of hope and support for patients and families, educating them on the disease and helping them to obtain the most up-to-date information on treatment options. In addition, the foundation connects patients with mesothelioma treatment specialists, and provides assistance, emotional support and community.
Miles for Meso
Miles for Meso is an advocacy project of the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation that promotes mesothelioma research and awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure through 5K runs and walks. Since the first race took place in 2009, races have taken place across the country and raised over $400,000 for mesothelioma research and advocacy organizations.