Health advocates and others around the country are raising awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos as they commemorate Mesothelioma Awareness Day on Sept. 26.
It is with their help and the support of mesothelioma survivors, caregivers and loved ones that we can make a difference for every person around the world who is coping with this cancer.
Weitz & Luxenberg, a leading mesothelioma and asbestos law firm, joins the movement by launching the iWalk4Meso campaign, making it possible for people make a difference no matter where they live.
Participants are asked to walk or run any distance they want, snap a photo holding the iWalk4Meso sign and share it on Facebook. For every post on that page, Weitz & Luxenberg will donate up to $25,000 for mesothelioma research.
“If we all come together, we can end mesothelioma,” the campaign’s website shows. “We want to raise awareness and money for research so that we can stop this horrible disease from killing our loved ones…Maybe you know an uncle or grandfather, a cousin, even your own father or a brother who had mesothelioma.”
Lack of Mesothelioma Awareness
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer resulting from asbestos exposure. Although it’s rare — in comparison to lung, breast and colon cancers — more than 3,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the incurable disease.
Because it doesn’t generate the publicity of other cancers and most oncologists never treat it, patients with mesothelioma are often caught off guard with little information upon diagnosis.
Just this week, Sara, the daughter-in-law of a man recently diagnosed with mesothelioma shared this on Facebook:
“Mesothelioma sucks…honestly I never knew it was one of the ‘bad’ cancers!” she wrote. “I always thought it was curable because of all the commercials offering assistance. I feel like we’re living a nightmare. One minute my father-in-law is healthy, [and the] next he’s hospitalized and is stage 4.”
For Sara and the thousands of other people affected by mesothelioma, enough is enough. Patients need more information. Mesothelioma needs increased awareness.
Committed to Making a Difference
Weitz & Luxenberg will donate the funds generated by its iWalk4Meso campaign to Massachusetts General Hospital.
U.S. News & World Report in August ranked the Boston-area hospital among the top hospitals in the nation.
Researchers at its Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center are studying a new approach to cancer immunotherapy that has shown promise for mesothelioma patients. Funding these efforts will help accelerate this research and hopefully prolong the lives of mesothelioma survivors and enhance the quality of their remaining years.
Raising awareness begins with us.
There are so many ways you can give back. Whether you join the iWalk4Meso virtual race or commit to sharing key mesothelioma facts and stats with your loved ones, you truly can make a difference.
People often want to give back and help others, but many don’t know where to start.
Here are a few great ways you can raise mesothelioma awareness up to Sept. 26 and year round:
- Organize a Fundraiser: Mesothelioma research is terribly underfunded. Consider planning an event like a 5K or a bake sale and donate the money to reputable research center. Every dollar counts.
- Contact Your Local Representatives: Despite popular belief, asbestos is still not banned in the U.S., which means people may be exposed to the deadly carcinogen every single day. Take a few minutes to call your local and state representatives to explain why asbestos must be banned.
- Wear a Mesothelioma Awareness Wristband: This year, Asbestos.com is giving out mesothelioma awareness wristbands. We are asking everyone who receives a wristband to share a picture wearing it on Mesothelioma Awareness Day with the hashtag #MesoChat.
- Share Your Story: Hearing stories of other mesothelioma survivors beating that odds can have a profound impact on people recently diagnosed. If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma and want to share your story, let us know. We’d be happy to feature you on our Wall of Hope.
- Go for a Walk: By joining the iWalk4Meso virtual race, you can make a difference walking, taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook.
Don’t let this Mesothelioma Awareness Day come and go.
We ask everyone to come together and raise awareness about the deadly cancer that has taken far too many lives. Cancer survivors around the world deserve better. We can make a difference.
Together, we can end mesothelioma.