There Are Only a Few Days Left to Make a Tax-Deductible Gift to the Meso Foundation

givingDear Friend,

If you have already donated to the Meso Foundation, thank you very much for your generosity and for supporting the Meso Foundation’s mission.

The Meso Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and as such, it relies entirely on your donations (which are tax-deductible) to fund the highest level of peer-reviewed research; provide education and support services such as our support groups, conferences, and our one-on-one medical consultations; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding and investment in mesothelioma research. We couldn’t fulfill our mission without your help.

If you haven’t yet, please consider making a year-end, tax deductible gift prior to December 31 to help us continue our important work and accomplish our mission of ending mesothelioma and the suffering caused by it.

I wish you and your family a happy New Year and would like to sincerely thank you for your continued support.

Knowledge is Hope,


Mary Hesdorffer, Executive Director
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
1317 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

NEW: Mesothelioma Prayer and Spiritual Support Groups

PrayerGroupGraphicOptimizedWe are pleased to announce the formation of two new groups for the mesothelioma community.  You are all invited to participate. Both groups are facilitated over the phone.

Monday afternoon, December 17th at 4 pm (EST), Rabbi Barbara Zacky will be initiating a group to focus on exploring spirituality titled “Promoting Spiritual Health and Managing Spiritual Distress.” This group is open to all denominations.  We are not sure how we will move forward with this new group and will be looking toward group members to self-identify  the needs of the group and explore ways to bring renewed sprit to those in need.

Christian Prayer Group: The Mesothelioma Prayer Group on Monday evening, December 17th, at 8 pm (EST) is a group of individuals who meet together to pray for and with each other. If you are a mesothelioma patient, someone caring for a loved one or have lost a loved one to mesothelioma, we would like to extend this invitation to you to join us in prayer. A mail box has been set up to receive prayer requests.

Please email to submit names for prayers. This group will be led by Ginger Horton and Rev Eric Linthicum.

Conference Dial-in Number for both calls:
(605) 475-4000 
Participant Access Code: 216145#

As this will be an open group please respect the privacy of group members by not using last name when asking publically for prayers.  For example “please pray for Johnny B” is acceptable.

Bios of Prayer Group Leaders

Rabbi Barbara Zacky, is well known for her gentle caring nature.  Her work is appreciated by people of all faiths.  She has a warm contemporary, open-minded approach to health, wellness and spiritual healing.  She provides spiritual care and guidance to patients, families, caregivers and people providing medical support. Barbara’s special abilities meet the individual needs of people dealing with loss of faith and hope and other related issues. Rabbi Barbara Zacky resides in Southern California and enjoys spending time with family, friends, nature and community service.

Rev. Eric Linthicum lives in Washington, DC with his wife Gwen. He is a pastor in the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod and serving a congregation in Hyattsville, MD. Following 4 years in the Navy, Eric was a professional firefighter before entering the ministry. In 2009 Eric was diagnosed with mesothelioma. 

Ginger Horton lives in Asheville NC with her husband Jarrod. Prior to the diagnosis of mesothelioma Ginger had been a Preschool Director, a teacher, and a nanny. She was diagnosed in 2010 with mesothelioma. Ginger states, “God is my source of everything I need daily. He gives me peace, comfort, joy, and healing.” Ginger will celebrate her commitment to faith and the mesothelioma community through this group working closely with Rev. Eric.

Take a look at our other available support groups.