Since the inception of Mesothelioma Awareness Day in 2004, activist groups and people have celebrated and supported mesothelioma victims and survivors with events, donations and more.
The intention is two-fold: to raise awareness and attention for the community affected by mesothelioma, and to raise money in the hopes of advancing medical treatment and finding a cure.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has affected a lot of the usual Mesothelioma Awareness Day calendar items. However, progress is still attainable through virtual support and donations.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day is this Saturday, September 26, the date set 16 years ago by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. While many of the usual events have either been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus or are now virtual, you can still make a tax-deductible donation to one of many research funding programs.
We have compiled a list of organizations that need your help to find a cure for mesothelioma.
Massachusetts General Hospital’s Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston is asking people to support its Department of Medicine by donating to the Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center. On the hospital’s donation page, you can designate your donation to this specific area of research.
Immunotherapy may soon become a cornerstone of mesothelioma treatment. Numerous clinical trials are investigating whether this therapy can help the body’s immune system fight back against cancer. Immunotherapy is also less invasive and has fewer known complications than chemotherapy.
Mesothelioma is a fast-spreading disease that can affect the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) or the abdominal cavity organs (peritoneal mesothelioma). Finding a treatment that can at least contain the disease and keep it from growing into a life-threatening condition is essential. A donation to Massachusetts General Hospital can move us closer to that accomplishment.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital International Mesothelioma Program
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is one of the top-ranked cancer centers in the world. Its highly regarded International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) is a leader in mesothelioma treatment and research.
The IMP website calls donations “vital” to the program’s operation. Even the smallest donation “helps sustain innovative treatment and research options” and supports patients and families.
The hospital allows donors to make gifts specifically for the mesothelioma program. Contributing to their efforts for Mesothelioma Awareness Day will show your support for people affected by this cancer.
Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, is another leading institution in researching ways to cure mesothelioma. The hospital has numerous clinical trials and studies, which live in part due to donations. You can designate a donation to Moffitt Cancer Center for education, patient care or cancer research.
As an example of Moffitt Cancer Center’s efforts in finding a mesothelioma cure, the hospital has an esteemed mesothelioma treatment program. One of the newest options for patients is the recently approved Optune Lua tumor treating fields therapy (formerly called the NovoTTF-100L). Your support may help bring more opportunities for expanding treatment to the hospital.
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded in 2004 and is the largest asbestos-related independent nonprofit organization in the United States. Its mission is to increase awareness of the dangers of asbestos, prevent asbestos exposure, support medical research and promote a government ban on asbestos.
The ADAO’s efforts are vital to preventing mesothelioma in years to come. The organization relies on donations and grants to continue its mission, which is why your help is needed.
The ADAO has numerous donation options — for yourself, a loved one or as a business. You can also donate in memory of a victim of asbestos diseases. Another option is contributing a charitable gift as part of an exercise activity, such as a race, hike, bike ride or walk. You’ll become part of Team ADAO for your event.
More Ways You Can Participate in Mesothelioma Awareness Day
These organizations are far from the only ones needing donations. You can send a monetary gift to any of the Mesothelioma Centers of Excellence listed on our website. Visit the website of the hospital of your choice if you wish to contribute to a specific institution.
If you’d like other options for how to participate this year in Mesothelioma Awareness Day, our staff can help. You can show support on social media with the hashtags #BanAsbestosNow and #EndMeso. Another idea is requesting a blue wristband or wearing a blue ribbon to show support for those fighting or who fought mesothelioma.
If you’d like more information about what you can do on Mesothelioma Awareness Day, please email our patient advocate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources & Author
Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2020. Awareness Days. Retrieved from; https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/mesothelioma-awareness-day-2020/. Accessed: 09/22/2020.
Sources & Author