Why Rally for Medical Research?

facebook-pictureOn Monday, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation will join nearly 200 organizations in a unified voice to call on our lawmakers to make medical research a national priority.  The NIH funds many of our mesothelioma researchers, and we work with the larger medical research community with the mentality that a rising tide lifts all boats.  This call to action will raise awareness about the critical need for a sustained investment in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve health, spur more progress, inspire more hope and save more lives.

The Rally has bipartisan support, and will feature speeches by the Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.); and the Honorable Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.); as well as a reading from Senator Jerry Moran (R- Kansas) the Ranking Member on the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, by Congressman John Edward Porter (R-IL), who was instrumental in doubling NIH’s budget (1998-2003) when he served as Chairman of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee.   It will also feature Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NIH; Maura Tierney, breast cancer survivor and advocate, best known for her roles on NewsRadio and ER; as well as patients, advocates and caregivers.

Even if you cannot attend this historic event, you can get involved.  We urge you to reach out to your members of Congress and request that they work together in a bipartisan fashion to preserve the nation’s investment in medical research and the health of the American people. Sustained funding for the NIH is one of the most important investments our country can make, but our ability to do so is contingent on a strong, unwavering commitment from Congress.

Our message is very simple: Medical research funding must be a national priority – we cannot impede the remarkable progress that continues to save and improve the lives of millions of our nation’s citizens.

Visit our Action Center today to write to your members of Congress and urge them to make medical research a national priority:


Watch the live stream of the Rally Monday at 11:00 am EST:


Asbestos Awareness Week

529145_418502884912152_1307347901_nEach year, in the first week of April Asbestos Awareness Week is observed.  On March 13, the U.S. Senate passed Resolution 66, officially recognizing Asbestos Awareness Week.  Asbestos is the name given to naturally occurring materials that are poor conductors of heat and do not conduct electricity, making the mineral a versatile material for use in a number of building, manufacturing and commercial applications. Unfortunately, asbestos is also a dangerous and deadly material, and has been linked to a number of cancers including mesothelioma.

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation recognizes the importance of raising awareness about the hazards of asbestos to prevent future exposures in hopes that one day we will eradicate mesothelioma.  Mesothelioma is known to be caused by exposure to asbestos, and the latency period for the disease can be 10-60 years.  That means that even if the use of asbestos ended today, we would not see the last case of mesothelioma for a very long time.

Asbestos can still be found in the United States in our homes, offices, public buildings and in our automobiles.  Asbestos can be released into the air when structures containing asbestos are disturbed.  This means that during national disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy or the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, huge amounts of asbestos are released into the atmosphere and exposure is imminent.   It also means that there is danger of exposure when you are doing home improvement projects.  If you suspect there is asbestos in your home, it is best to leave it alone and have it inspected by a trained and accredited asbestos removal professional.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists the following places where asbestos can be found:

  • Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
  • Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Automobile clutches and brakes[i]

It is important that we continue to raise awareness about asbestos and the existing risk of exposure here in the United States.  Until we do abolish the use of asbestos and eradicate mesothelioma, the Meso Foundation stays dedicated to funding peer reviewed research, providing support to patients and their loved ones and advocating for an increased federal investment in mesothelioma research.

Learn more about asbestos on our website:


[i] www.epa.gov/asbestos/