Simmons Hanly Conroy Welcomes News of House Resolution Recognizing National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

House passes H. Res. 771 late last night, proclaiming Sept. 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma Awareness Day has officially become a national day to promote awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure. The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 771, which annually recognizes Sept. 26 as National Mesothelioma Day, late last night.

As long time advocates for patients and families affected by mesothelioma, the Simmons law firm is pleased to observe this victory with clients, their families and the mesothelioma community.

“The passage of House Res. 771 creates a powerful tool that will help raise awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of exposures to asbestos,” said Mike Angelides, Simmons Hanly Conroy Managing Shareholder. “Nearly 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, and the more we can do to promote awareness about this deadly cancer, the closer we come to finding a cure.”

The Simmons Hanly Conroy specializes in mesothelioma lawsuits and has represented thousands of families in lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers and distributors. Simmons has also been a major backer of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and an active supporter of mesothelioma research and advocacy initiatives throughout the United States.

In 2009, the firm launched Miles for Meso, a fundraiser run and walk dedicated to raising money and awareness for the disease. Races have been held in Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Indiana and Virginia, and more races have been planned in Texas, Massachusetts and California.  All proceeds have benefited the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

“The firm would like to extend its thanks to the medical experts, government leaders, advocates and mesothelioma patients and their families who tirelessly worked to achieve this national day of recognition for mesothelioma,” said Angelides.  “We would especially like to recognize U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota who introduced and pushed the resolution through the House; U.S. Senator Patty Murray, of Washington, who was critical to passing the resolution in the Senate; and the employees at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation who provided the advocacy needed to achieve such a success.”

About Simmons Hanly Conroy

The Simmons Hanly Conroy, headquartered in East Alton, Ill., is one of the country’s leading asbestos and mesothelioma law firms. Headquartered in East Alton, Ill. with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Los Angeles, the firm’s mesothelioma lawyers have represented more than 2,000 patients and families affected by mesothelioma in every state. The Simmons Hanly Conroy has pledged over $15 million to cancer research and proudly partners with top mesothelioma medical experts throughout the country in order to find a cure.