Meso Awareness Day Events: Part One

ROD's Benefit for MesoSeptember 26th is nationally recognized as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. As important as it is to spread awareness every day of the year, September 26th is the biggest day to do so. Events are one of the best ways to raise awareness and funds for mesothelioma, and there are many coming up surrounding September 26th. As mesothelioma is a widely unknown and underfunded form of cancer, raising awareness is a huge step in the right direction towards finding a cure.

Four events will be held on Saturday, September 21st. The weekend will start off with Mission Cure Meso: Run for a Cure. Beginning at 8am, Karen and Mark Kalber will be running in the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio in honor of Rich Mosca and all meso warriors. Karen will be running a full marathon, and Mark will be running a half marathon. Anyone interested can support their efforts in the race by heading to Karen and Mark’s fundraising page.

Kayaking 4 Meso

Mark Wells’ 3rd Annual Kayaking 4 Meso event will also be held on September 21st. This one-way kayaking event will have two launch times. The first launch will be a 16-mile paddle beginning at Fort Hardy Park in Schuylerville, New York at 8am. Everyone will meet in Stillwater, New York for the second, 3-mile launch at around 12pm. All kayakers will finish the paddle together at Mechanicville Boat Dock in Mechanicville, New York where festivities will continue until 4pm. For more information, visit the event’s website at kayaking4meso.org.

In Alton, Illinois, the 5th Annual Miles for Meso Alton event will start at 8am on September 21st to raise funds for mesothelioma research. This event will consist of a 5k Race as well as a 2k Fun Run/Walk. There will also be activities for children, live music, and vendors. Those interested in registering for the race can do so for $30 at milesformeso.org. Registration will also open the morning of the event at 7:30am for $35. For additional information, contact the event organizer Julie Gundlach at 314-616-9272.

Closing out September 21st is ROD’s 4th Annual Benefit for Meso at Eleanor Town Park in Eleanor, West Virginia. Registration will begin at 10:30am for $25, which includes an event t-shirt as well as other goodies. A 5k run/walk with a purple and lime green color scheme will be held in the morning with prizes for the best times. Throughout the day, there will also be lunch, live music, family activities, and raffles. More event information can be found at rodsbenefit4meso.webs.com or through the event organizer Missy Bowles at 304-395-0636.

There will be two events on Sunday, September 22nd in Ohio and New York. The Bruce A Waite Miles for Meso 5k Run/Walk will be held at Ontario High School in Ontario, Ohio. Registration will open at 1pm and the 5k will begin at 2pm. For more information, visit brucewaite5k.com. In Phelps, New York, Mission Cure Meso: Annual Dog Walk for Meso will be held at Ontario County Pathways beginning at 1pm. This event is being held in memory of Dr. John Wright. Janice Wright, the organizer, can be contacted at jwrigh1@rochester.rr.com for more information.

Want to join the cause in the fight against mesothelioma? See more on how you can get involved.

Have a Flag Flown on Capitol Hill for Mesothelioma Awareness Day

CapitolHillFlagAs a way to honor your loved one, this year for Mesothelioma Awareness Day, have a flag flown over Capitol Hill.

The Architect of the Capitol’s Capitol Flag Program is set up so that individuals may acquire an American flag to be flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. These flags are flown each day (minus Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day), weather-permitting, and are issued with a Certificate of Authenticity from the Architect of the Capitol. The certificate displays the date the flag was flown and for what occasion.

We highly encourage those interested in receiving a flag flown in honor of your loved one on National Mesothelioma Awareness Day to contact your Representative to submit the request. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance to allow for processing. Find your representative’s contact information.

Be sure to specify that you wish your flag to be flown in honor of your loved one on September 26, which is the “National Mesothelioma Awareness Day”!

Mesothelioma Awareness Day Events and Activities

100_0430September 26th, Meso Awareness Day, will be here in a little over one month, and with that, the Meso Foundation and its volunteers are busy organizing events and planning various activities to help us get the word out about the need for research and to raise funds for research and patient services.

If you would like to attend any of these events, please contact the Foundation for more information.

If you plan on joining us in New York, here is the plan:

  • Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 AM | Rockefeller Plaza:  we will be meeting in Rockefeller Plaza to raise awareness at the Today show.
  • Friday, September 27 at 9 AM | Conference: join us at the regional conference on malignant mesothelioma at the Harvard Club in New York City. More information and registration form are available on our website.

Other awareness activities include:

COMMUNITY EVENTS:

Mesothelioma Awareness Events Recap

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With this past weekend’s “Miles for Meso” Bike Run fundraiser, the events surrounding Meso Awareness Day have officially concluded for 2012! (Though awareness-building is far from over – continue checking our website for additional events coming up in November). This year, we are excited to report that in August, September and October, Meso Foundation supporters organized 15 events benefiting research, education, support and advocacy through the Meso Foundation.

In addition, the Meso Foundation hosted an awareness-building event on Rockefeller Plaza, obtained publicity from the Baltimore Orioles and organized a conference in New York in conjunction with Meso Awareness Day.

Here are some statistics from the awareness events. Our supporters and volunteers:

  • Raised in excess of $120,000 for the Meso Foundation and its mission
  • Have been covered by at least 11 news outlets
  • Brought to their events over 2,000 attendees
  • Distributed 2,500 brochures
  • Received coverage on national television

Here are some photos from events. Please take a look and celebrate this success with us!

5th Annual “Quartermania” – this Saturday in St. Charles, MO

This weekend, in St. Charles, Missouri, Shelly Kozicki will be hosting her 5th Annual “Quartermania. This year’s event, just like all previous ones, has completely sold out to a crowd looking forward to bidding, prizes, food and friendship.

If you’ve never attended a “Quartermania”, you may wonder just exactly what it might be. Basically, it’s a bidding contest in which you bid quarters on your favorite prizes (which you get to choose from a list of over a hundred). The game is fun because for as little as two quarters, or up to a maximum of eight quarters, you can win pretty much anything ranging from baseball tickets and restaurant gift certificates to week-long vacations. This year, available items include St. Louis Cardinals jerseys and 2013 tickets, $100 gift certificates to Macy’s, Saturday Night Live tickets, shatterproof and waterproof video cameras, LCD TV, Callaway Driver valued at $300.

This event generally attracts between 300-400 attendees annually, and their collective bids result in about $15,000 raised each year. Shelly works tirelessly for several months prior to the event, calling local and regional businesses, getting prizes from the auction, making the items look nice for the event, promoting the event and selling tickets, getting food and drink donated, and much (much!) more. But to Shelly, every minute spent working on Quartermania, is absolutely worth the end result.

Through Quartermanias and other fundraising efforts, Shelly has now raised nearly $250,000 for the Meso Foundation and its peer-reviewed mesothelioma research program. The dollars Shelly raised have already funded two mesothelioma research projects and she is now working on a third. One of these projects includes the study on “Targeting Mesothelin by Human Antibodies for Mesothelioma Treatment” conducted by Mitchell Ho, PhD, at the National Cancer Institute (NIH).

Shelly started fundraising in 2007. Tragically, she lost her husband, Craig, to mesothelioma in 2009, but she never stopped believing that a cure is possible. Nowadays, she dedicates her events to Craig’s memory and is inspired to continue her work by so many friends affected by mesothelioma whom she met through her events and the Meso Foundation. As she will tell you this Saturday, there is much more work to be done and she won’t be stopping until there is a cure. To support Shelly’s fundraising efforts, click here to make a donation.