Three weeks ago our firm became involved in a campaign on Facebook to help fund cancer research on behalf of a 4 year-old little girl named Zaida and thousands of other mesothelioma patients across the country. I’m pleased to announce that in that short time the campaign has inspired over 9,000 people to join the cause to fight mesothelioma and has raised over over $13,000!

All money goes to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to fund cancer research. It’s free to join and when you do Simmons Hanly Conroy will donate $1 to the foundation. Plus, if you donate on your own, Simmons Hanly Conroy will then match your donation. It’s simple and a great way to generate awareness and raise needed funds for research. Here’s what it looks like on Facebook:

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Why Facebook? As a social networking tool, Facebook has over 100 million people that log on every day, and the average user has 120 friends. Facebook has quickly become a means of creating interest and dialogue about issues that directly affect the well-being of our country, including the election of President Obama. You can join Facebook here.

Giving back to the people we serve and represent has always been a priority to our firm, and if you’ve ever sat in the living room of a family that just found out a loved one has mesothelioma, you know why. I’m pleased to announce that even before the Zaida Facebook campaign was officially up and running, the 200-plus employees at Simmons Hanly Conroy opened their hearts and wallets and collectively raised over $22,000.

Obvisously, when we heard about Zaida, we knew we had to get involved. She may not be the typical face of this cancer, but she’s a face that can inspire more involvement, more engagement, and more resources – which can lead to better treatment options and, someday, a cure. She certainly inspired us – as have the thousands of steelworkers, carpenters, and military veterans that we’ve seen struggle against this disease.

I hope you’re inspired too, because there’s much more work that can be done. Let’s see if we can raise another $10,000 on Facebook – and when we’re successful, let’s do it again! Let’s give this long overdue conversation the broader public attention is deserves.

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