Support the Meso Foundation by Shopping with AmazonSmile

Meso Foundation on AmazonSmileThis year, as you go about your holiday shopping, please consider visiting smile.amazon.com to support the Meso Foundation. Amazon.com recently started a program called AmazonSmile, which allows users to donate to charitable organizations of their choice simply by shopping. Upon selecting the Meso Foundation and making a purchase at smile.amazon.com, a portion of the purchase price will be given to the Foundation.

At smile.amazon.com, users can select the Meso Foundation as their charity of choice, browse through millions of products and simply make a purchase. For every purchase made, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Meso Foundation.

The Meso Foundation is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and the suffering it causes. We have responsibly invested resources into mesothelioma research, education, patient support, and advocacy, and our work is paying off.

If you are interested in additional information or more ways to support the Meso Foundation, please visit curemeso.org/savelives.

Multiply Your Impact on Giving Tuesday!

GiveIn addition to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, in recent years, a new movement has emerged: Giving Tuesday. This year, we hope you can take part in Giving Tuesday through the Meso Foundation.

On Giving Tuesday, December 2nd, here’s how you can multiply your impact in our fight against mesothelioma by supporting the Meso Foundation:

1. Donate online here, or mail a check to:
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
1317 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

2. Start an online fundraising page. You can customize a fundraising page that will share your story and explain why you support the Meso Foundation. You can consider asking for donations to be made in lieu of gifts, and we will track all donations that come in through your network in real time.

3. Send out appeal letters. We have created a generic appeal letter for you to customize with your personal story. Click here to download the sample letter. Customize it and send it to your contacts. Donations can be mailed directly to the Meso Foundation (1317 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314), and we will alert you when someone has donated in your name.

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You can learn more about our year-end fundraising efforts at curemeso.org/savelives. Thank you for your participation in our year-end fundraising efforts. Your support saves lives!

We Need Your Help in the Fight Against Mesothelioma

Ziegler FamilyThe Meso Foundation has sent out a letter in the mail from Bill Ziegler. You can read it here. In his letter, Bill shares his inspiring story of fighting mesothelioma alongside his wife and three young children, and explains the important role that services provided by the Meso Foundation play in his fight against mesothelioma. Bill is a staunch believer that availability of resources and tools is an advantage in every aspect of life, and he treats mesothelioma no differently.

Bill’s story, and the stories of all other patients we have the privilege of knowing, are powerful reminders that we are on the right track, but that so much more needs to be done.

Over the years, this Foundation has taken very seriously its mission to eradicate mesothelioma and ease the suffering caused by this cancer. We have responsibly invested resources into mesothelioma research, education, patient support, and advocacy, and our work is paying off. We are witnessing advances, with a direct impact on patient survival, that a decade ago was unimaginable. In the last year, the number of patients who contacted the Foundation to obtain help has increased by 44%.

As we look ahead to the coming year, we hope you can help us fulfill this demand by making a year-end gift to the Meso Foundation. I invite you to read more about the full impact of the Meso Foundation’s work on our website.

Our online donation page makes it easy and convenient to give a secure tax-deductible donation by credit card, or if you’d prefer, you may also donate by check by mailing it to:

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
1317 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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Thank you for your participation in our year-end fundraising efforts. Your support saves lives!

GUEST BLOG: Sarah Lackner Attends the Charlie Cole Golf Classic

Lynn Cole and Sarah Lacknerby Sarah Lackner

I spent the third weekend in May in Asheville, North Carolina on behalf of the Meso Foundation at the 3rd Annual Charlie Cole Golf Classic hosted by Lynn Cole, along with her children, Matt and Katie, in memory of her husband, Charlie, who lost his battle with mesothelioma on March 31, 2010 after only 17 months.

I hadn’t met the Cole family prior to this weekend, but what occurred during that quick less-than-48-hour trip is exactly what the Foundation is about. The warmth and strength that the family displayed, their incredibly supportive and loving friends, as well as other local meso community members all contributed to making the day an absolute success.

Not only was I able to thank the Cole family for their commitment, their friends and family for their support, I was able to spend time truly connecting with each of them. Katie and I were the same age when we lost our parent and zipping around on the golf cart gave us a few hours to share our experiences, both of the loss and of life after the loss. Later that evening, Matt and I were able to also have those conversations that only occur with someone who has been through what we as a community go through. C.S. Lewis says that friendship is born that moment when one man says to another “What? You too? I thought that no one but myself…”

Charlie Cole Gold ClassicThis event was, for me, everything that the Foundation works for: supporting research, education, support, and advocacy programs through raising funds and awareness as well as bringing together those affected by mesothelioma. It takes what is often an isolating disease and provides a place where if you want to talk about it, everyone understands, and if you don’t want to talk about it, everyone understands.

Thank you, so much, Lynn, Matt and Katie for allowing me to share the weekend with you. And thank you for believing in and working towards a cure.

Announcing the Giving Circles Fundraising Program

The Meso Foundation establishes Giving Circles, a new fundraising program for mesothelioma research, education, support, advocacy.The Meso Foundation has established a new fundraising program to generate necessary funds for its mesothelioma patient programs and research grants. This fundraising program features four distinct Giving Circles offering different ways for constituents to participate in the fight against mesothelioma.

The four Giving Circles are currently structured as follows:

  • The Blue Ribbon Council provides an avenue for individuals who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma to come together for support.
  • The Warrior Council offers mesothelioma patients, their family members, and caregivers a safe haven where they can lean on and learn from each other while battling this disease.
  • The Rising Leaders Council is a community for up-and-coming fundraisers and advocates to raise funds and awareness for the organization.
  • The Meso Professionals Council offers a place for professionals working in the mesothelioma field to demonstrate their commitment to the Foundation and the individuals it serves.

For more information about each giving circle, visit curemeso.org/givingcircles.