Advocacy Updates

Mesothelioma Advocacy Day 2011

During the month of June, mesothelioma advocates aggressively educated Congress about mesothelioma and the dire need for increased federal medical research funding.  The meso community has taken a multi-pronged approach to educating Congress to assure that no stone is left unturned.
On June 22, 2011,Mary Hesdorffer, MS, APRN, nurse practitioner and medical liaison for the Meso […]


Advocacy Tips

What does it take to be a good advocate? 
Advocating for mesothelioma is easier than you think!  The key is to utilize available resources, be clear in what it is you are seeking, and be polite and persistent in your efforts.  We are very excited that many of you will be making hill visits while you […]


Addressing Disease Clusters, Like Libby

On January 26, 2011, Senators Boxer (D-CA) and Crapo (R-ID) introduced S. 76, Strengthening Protections for Children and Communities From Disease Clusters Act (“Trevor’s Law”).  The legislation strengthens public health agencies’ ability to address suspected disease clusters.  The bill has not yet been introduced in the House.
Forty-two disease clusters have been in 13U.S.states, showing incidence […]


Sustaining NIH Funding

Efforts to sustain funding for vital federal agencies that support mesothelioma research continue here at the Meso Foundation.  The Meso Foundation has been vigilant in our advocacy for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which houses the National Cancer Institute.  The NIH supports many of the brilliant researchers dedicated to caring for […]


Meso Foundation Executive Director Kathy Wiedemer Visits Capitol Hill

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation executive director Kathy Wiedemer spent the day on March 16, 2011 educating Congressional staffers about mesothelioma and the dire need for research funding to find a cure.  The visits targeted congressional districts with high levels of asbestos exposure and included the following offices:
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
Senator Jon Tester (D- MT)
Congressman […]