June 2013

Review: Report on Mesothelioma

by Mary Hesdorffer, Nurse Practitioner
Executive Director, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Researchers from Creighton University School of Medicine accessed the National Cancer Database (NCD), and issued a report on their findings. They analyzed the years between 2000 and 2010. In the United States, 26,605 patients were diagnosed during this period of time. The NCD accumulates this […]


Mesothelioma Included in Department of Defense Spending Bill

Earlier this month, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY2014 Defense Appropriations Bill, which included mesothelioma as a topic area in their Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program for the third year.  Mesothelioma researchers will be eligible to apply for $15 million in research funding.
Mesothelioma has been included on the list of diseases eligible to receive […]


Oklahoma Tornados: The Continued Threat of Existing Asbestos in Our Homes

Meso warrior, Liz VanZandt of Oklahoma, is acutely aware of the recent devastation from the tornados in Moore, Oklahoma. “I watched as people were climbing through the rubble in search of loved ones, pets and personal items left behind from the tornado,” she said. As a mesothelioma survivor, her thoughts go immediately to the asbestos […]


Facebook Exhaustion?

There are days when all of us wonder what we are doing online so much of our day. Are you feeling vulnerable when reading stories of others who might not be doing well or fearfully comparing your stories to that of others? This is one of the drawbacks of joining an online community. You take […]


Response to the Wall Street Journal Article “For One Asbestos Victim, Justice Is a Moving Target”

On Monday, June 17, the Wall Street Journal Published the article “For One Asbestos Victim, Justice Is a Moving Target,” about Bill and Karen McQueen. Bill and Karen have been friends of the Foundation throughout Bill’s diagnosis and treatment, and we were deeply saddened by Bill’s recent passing.
What follows is the response submitted to the […]