I’m excited to share that September 26 has officially been declared “Mesothelioma Awareness Day” in the state of Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Concurrent Resolution 4, which made the awareness day official throughout the state. The resolution was offered by Sen. Gina Walsh, a retired member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 1.

meso awareness“Hundreds of Missourians, many of whom were exposed to asbestos while working in the building and construction trades, have been diagnosed with this rare and deadly disease,” said Gov. Nixon in a news article. “As with other cancers, raising awareness about their symptoms, risks and treatments can help to save lives. I thank Senator Walsh for offering this resolution and for her tireless efforts on behalf of her brothers and sisters in the building trades to combat this deadly disease.”

In 2010, Congress declared September 26th National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. However, designating the day in individual states still helps to spread awareness about the risks of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma even further.

The day brings together thousands of volunteers, survivors and advocates who raise money towards mesothelioma research. Additionally, those activities receive dozens of instances of media coverage, furthering the reach for mesothelioma awareness.

Here at the firm, we are proud to be the presenting sponsor of four Miles for Meso races that take place in September in honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day. All proceeds from the races benefit charities that promote mesothelioma research and awareness. This year the firm’s Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 2K Run Run/Walk, which the firm’ hosts at its Alton, Illinois office, will take place on Sept. 26. Other races are being planned in Ohio, Virginia and Texas. Keep on the lookout for more updates in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can learn more about Mesothelioma Awareness Day and the annual Miles for Meso events here.