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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.
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.
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.
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of mesothelioma normally do not appear until decades after exposure occurs. The cancer can form in the lining of lungs, known as pleural mesothelioma, or the lining of the abdomen, known as peritoneal mesothelioma. Learn more about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma by visiting our FAQ page.
The Asbestos 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.
Experts who we have supported include but are not limited to researchers from the below institutions.
The Mesothelioma 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 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.