Please help to get House Resolution 771 out of committee and on to the House Floor for a vote by contacting your congressional representative.

House Resolution 771 is a proclamation that, once passed, will recognize Sept. 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. It calls on the federal government to support the goals and ideas of such a day.

You can help by contacting your congressional representative. Volunteers from the Meso Foundation are campaigning for this bill, but many representatives want to hear from their constituents that promoting mesothelioma awareness and research is important to them.

The Simmons law firm supports Mesothelioma Awareness Day because we understand firsthand the devastating effects of a mesothelioma diagnosis on families and because we have partnered with medical professionals
and nonprofit organizations like Miles for Meso to promote efforts to find a cure. If Congress would pass this resolution, it would help raise awareness about this terrible disease. Then in turn, it could help generate more research dollars to fund more research for a cure.

The only cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos fibers. About 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with this rare cancer every year. Most people diagnosed with mesothelioma only live 8 to 16 months on average and current cancer treatments only extend life for a few months. The time to take action is now.

The federal government has an opportunity to join with many other cities, states and municipalities across the nation who have recognized Sept. 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Please let your congressional representative know how critical this resolution is to you.

Thanks to the support of medical professionals, charities, mesothelioma patients and their families and advocates, eight states have already passed a resolution recognizing Mesothelioma Awareness Day. And now, after more than two years of work through grass roots efforts, we are close to having Sept. 26 recognized as Mesothelioma Awareness Day on the federal level.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a similar resolution. Now we need the U.S. House to pass its own resolution that would recognize Sept. 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

To read the bill, search for "House Res. 771" or "mesothelioma" on the Library of Congress’ web site. If passed, it will designate Sept. 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

What you can do to help

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland decides which bills make it to the floor for a vote and which don’t. You can help by contacting your congressional representative today and asking them to tell Rep. Hoyer to bring H. Res 771 to the floor for a vote.

Look up your Congressional Representative.