One of the greatest obstacles for overcoming rare diseases is visibility. If there aren’t enough people aware of the disease, it can have a severe impact on developing new treatments and working toward a cure. This is the purpose of Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Although not officially until September 26th, Mesothelioma Awareness Day really takes place all month. September has grown into a month to spread awareness amongst friends and help people understand that this disease is more than just the subject of daytime tv commercials. The purpose is simple: more awareness equals better treatment for patients.

In the spirit of mesothelioma awareness, fundraising events are taking place all over the country. Participating in one of these events is a great way to contribute to progressing research. Below is a list of events taking place this month.

Kayaking 4 Meso

September 6th from 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Admiral’s Marina, Stillwater, NY

Kayaking 4 Meso has been fundraising for mesothelioma research for several years. On this weekend, advocates for mesothelioma awareness will be kayaking down the Hudson River to show their support. The trip is estimated to take about four hours and ends at Halfmoon Lighthouse Park. There is also a raffle to win a kayak, with proceeds going to funding research.

Miles for Meso 8k and Family Fun Run

When: September 14th from 8am until 2pm
Where: Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, VA

This event celebrates the life of John Pavlick while raising money to put an end to mesothelioma. Miles for Meso is an organization that helps set up fundraising events like this 8k in Fairfax Station. Over the years they have been at the center of organizing events in cities across the country. There are several other locations sponsored by Miles for Meso this year, which are also listed below.

5th Annual ROD’s Benefit for Meso

When: September 20th from 10:30am to 4pm
Where: Eleanor, WV

This event is organized by the daughter of Richard O. Dorsey, who lost his life to mesothelioma. Last year, the event raised nearly $26,000 for research. As usual, the event will feature raffles, BBQ and other activities.

Bruce A. Waite 5k Miles for Meso

When: September 21st at 2pm
Where: Ontario High School, Ontario, Ohio

Another Miles for Meso event taking place this month is in honor of Bruce Waite. The 5k starts at Ontario High School and is organized by the Waite family. Last year, the Bruce Waite Miles for Meso group raised over $10,000.

6th Annual Alton Miles for Meso Race

September 27th at 9am
Where: Alton, IL

The Alton Miles for Meso Race features both a 5k and 2k fun run/walk. It is located in historic Alton, less than an hour away from downtown St. Louis, MO. In 2013, the race raised an estimated $25,000 for mesothelioma research.

Fall Brawl: Mesothelioma Cancer Benefit Race

When: September 27th and 28th
Where: Thunder Road Hobbies, Moline, IL

The Fall Brawl is a two day RC car racing event to raise money for mesothelioma research. It is sponsored by Thunder Road Hobbies and is held in memory of Cathy Johnson.

3rd Annual Race to Cure Meso

When: September 28th at 9am
Where: North Park Boathouse, Wexford, PA

Occupational asbestos exposure is the most common cause of mesothelioma. It’s no surprise that the Insulators Local Union #2 sponsor this event. This is a 5k run/walk to fundraise and increase awareness.

5k Walk/Hike for Meso

When: October 12th from 9am to 2:30pm
Where: Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills, CA

For those on the West Coast, the Pacific Meso Center is hosting their 3rd Annual 5k for mesothelioma. The Pacific Meso Center is one of the leading research organizations for mesothelioma treatments. Dr. Robert Cameron, regarded as the best specialist on the West Coast, is the scientific adviser for the foundation.

No Events in Your Region? No Problem.

If there aren’t any events taking place in your region, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to help raise awareness about mesothelioma. Some of the best ways you can help are by:

  • Donating to mesothelioma research
  • Setting up your own fundraiser
  • Showing your support with mesothelioma wristbands
  • Starting a conversation
  • Sharing your story

Donating to fundraisers, even if it’s just a few bucks, adds up when thousands of people band together. This is the easiest way to make an impact. There are many research organizations you can donate to, such as the Pacific Meso Center.

There are also free wristbands available for patients, family and friends to show their support.

Most importantly, the best way to raise awareness is to start a conversation about it. Social media has become a convenient tool for reaching out to educate people, and we encourage you to use it.

The most powerful way to get the conversation going is to share your story of battling this disease personally or with a loved one. Mesothelioma Guide invites you to share your story with us, so we can help spread awareness and bring an end to this terrible disease.

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    About the Writer, Andrew Devine

    Andrew Devine is a contributing writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He has developed an interest in educating patients and their families on everything from new treatments to what to expect after diagnosis.