Mesothelioma Awareness Day, which takes place on Sept. 26, is fast approaching. If you’re thinking about getting involved this year, now is the time.
National Mesothelioma Awareness Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness and research funds for mesothelioma. It first began in 2004 when it was created by a group of Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation volunteers. In 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution designating Sept. 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Every year since then, participation in the awareness day has grown larger and more widespread.
The day is especially important to friends, family and caregivers of mesothelioma patients – as well as mesothelioma victims and survivors themselves. To participate in Mesothelioma Awareness Day this year, choose one of the below options:
- Organize a fundraising event. Hold the event on Sept. 26 to raise funds for mesothelioma research. Examples of real fundraising events include Miles for Meso and other 5K runs and walks, Kayaking 4 Meso, Muffins for Meso, Bruce A. Waite 5K Miles for Meso and many more.
- Attend an event. Even if you’re not hosting an event yourself, attending someone else’s fundraiser is a great way to participate and contribute to Meso Awareness Day. View the upcoming community events to see if there is one happening near you.
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Mesothelioma Awareness Day, September 26, was founded in 2004 to bring recognition to mesothelioma, the rare cancer linked with asbestos exposure. Accordingly, organizations that are dedicated to researching, treating, and curing mesothelioma are providing a host of events to honor this important day. In addition, there are some more intensive conferences and varied events that will be offered throughout the next year that also hope to increase mesothelioma awareness and fund mesothelioma treatment research.
1. 9/6/14 Kayaking 4 Meso, Stillwater, N.Y.
This eight mile kayak trip down the Hudson River begins in Stillwater and ends in Halfmoon, N.Y. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and there is a celebration at Halfmoon Lighthouse Park from 1:00-4:00 afterwards. This event is dedicated to increasing awareness and donating to find better a mesothelioma treatment and cure.
2. 9/14/14 The John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8k & Family Fun Run, Fairfax Station, Va.
The John Pavlick 8k was founded by the Pavlick family, who lost their father to mesothelioma. This annual event aims to raise research funds for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. So far, they have raised 60,000 dollars for their cause. The race is located at Burke Lake Park and offers personalized race bibs for $10 that feature the mesothelioma hero each runner is donating for.… Read the rest
New Program Expands Financial Assistance for Travel Expenses of Mesothelioma Patients
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation has increased the opportunities for travel expense reimbursement. Their Travel Grant program will now provide financial assistance for mesothelioma patients participating in clinical trials that require long distance visits. Formerly, expenses were only covered for those traveling to an initial consultation with specialists. The Meso Foundation began accepting applications for clinical trial traveling in late June.
Patients seeking mesothelioma treatment from clinical trials can receive up to $1,000 in grant money. This grant can be put towards transportation, food and lodging during the trip.
Unfortunately, because mesothelioma is such a rare cancer, it can be hard for patients to find physicians who specialize in treating mesothelioma near their homes. As a result, it is common for patients to travel in order to receive care. After the initial visit, though, specialists can often collaborate with local doctors to administer treatment without any further trips.
The Travel Grant program helps to take some of the burden off of mesothelioma patients who are dealing with this difficult diagnosis. To qualify, patients must be in one of the three following situations:
- Patient is traveling to an expert mesothelioma caregiver or consult.
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Besides raising funds to help support the mesothelioma community, the best part about the Alton Miles for Meso race are the shirts.
Run Well, a local running store, was a Bronze Sponsor during the 2013 Miles for Meso race. As part of its sponsorship, it received a table to participate in the Miles for Meso’s vendor fair.
If you’ve ever attended a Miles for Meso race, you know what I mean because everyone who registers for the Alton race, receives a free shirt. They are a moisture-wicking, long-sleeve shirt with cuffed sleeves.
The most common comment we hear every year from race attendees is how much they like the shirts. This is great news for our corporate sponsors because all the sponsorship levels include having their logo on the back of the Miles for Meso shirts.
There is still time for businesses who would like to support the mesothelioma community and become a Miles for Meso sponsor. The deadline to become a sponsor this year and still get your logo on the back of the shirts is Sept. 15.
If you are interested, there are four sponsorship evles to choose from, which include:
Bronze $500 – The Bronze Sponsorship includes a small company logo on the Miles for Meso T-shirt, items in the goody bag, company name included on the Miles for Meso web site, table at vendor fair and 4 Race Day passes.… Read the rest
Mark your calendars for the Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk. Early registration is now open for the race taking place in Alton, Ill.
This year’s race will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Simmons Hanly Conroy Alton office at One Court Street. The event is presented by the firm and coordinated by the Metro TriClub. All proceeds will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
Last year, the Alton Miles for Meso race raised $25,000, which was donated to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (see image.) Miles for Meso races have been held in Illinois, Virginia, Washington, Ohio, New York, Indiana and Florida. Not only is the race a worthy cause for mesothelioma awareness and research, it’s also a fun, active, educational event for people of all ages and athletic abilities.
The Alton race is considered the flagship event for Miles for Meso. Since 2009, the Alton race has raised more than $125,000 for mesothelioma research. Combined, all Miles for Meso races have raised nearly $400,000 for mesothelioma research.
Miles for Meso races not only raise essential funds for mesothelioma research, they also promote awareness of the deadly cancer. Mesothelioma is one of the lowest-funded cancers by the National Cancer Institute, yet more than 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with it every year.… Read the rest