September 26, 2009, has been designated as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Our firm is participating in a series of special activities in recognition of this event beginning September 21st, including a radio campaign featuring public service announcements and on-air interviews. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or, more rarely, the lining of the abdomen and/or the heart. There is only one way to develop this type of cancer – exposure to asbestos, and that’s most significant.
Our firm has a web site, www.myMeso.org, that provides a mesothelioma and asbestos awareness outreach program. Throughout the week leading up to Mesothelioma Awareness Day, the web site will feature the personal stories of those affected by mesothelioma – some of them patients, others caregivers, and some who have lost a loved one to this devastating and as-yet incurable disease.
Since 2008, myMeso.org has provided a forum to connect people affected by mesothelioma through an active blog-based web site and hands-on activities. Outreach efforts were expanded in 2009 to include contributions to help support mesothelioma research through the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation).
Governor Bob Riley has presented a proclamation declaring September 26th as Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Alabama, and, at the local level, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange also presented a proclamation declaring Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Montgomery.
Current statistics show as many as 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States each year, and 10,000 Americans die from asbestos-related diseases.
August 17, 2009
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