Mesothelioma Awareness Events Recap

logo_final_rgb

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.

Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day

This morning, following a very early wake up call, Meso Foundation supporters came together on Rockefeller Plaza to raise national awareness of mesothelioma. This was the third consecutive year that the Foundation organized this awareness event.

The Meso Foundation group was visible throughout the three-hour morning show in their bright yellow shirts. During the second hour of the program, Savannah Guthrie briefly interviewed our own Rich Mosca (a meso warrior and board member of the Meso Foundation).

Here are a few other photos from the event.

Also on the 26th, the Orioles, during their game against the Toronto Blue Jays, recognized Meso Awareness Day by featuring information about the Meso Foundation on the jumbotron screen.

Orioles Game Group photo Orioles 2

Today Show and the Baltimore Orioles

Here at the Meso Foundation, every year we try to make Meso Awareness Day bigger and better. With your help and the help of all of our supporters, the buzz this year has, in fact, been louder than ever. The events that have already taken place have been an enormous success, and we know that those still to come will follow the same path. We will create a handy summary of all accomplishments as soon as this week is over. Until then, please note these upcoming events:

100_0407TOMORROW MORNING, September 26th, please tune in to the Today Show. As has become tradition, Meso Foundation staff and supporters will participate in the audience of the show and, hopefully, will be given a few seconds of air-time to tell the nation why Mesothelioma Awareness Day is so important to all of us.

TOMORROW AFTERNOON, September 26th, the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to display Meso Foundation’s logo and information about Meso Awareness Day throughout their game, encouraging their fans to visit curemeso.org to learn more and to donate.

A full Meso Awareness Day event schedule is available at www.curemeso.org/events.

The John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8K & Family Fun Run

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, Olga and Sarah Pavlick will be hosting a timed 8K race and a 2K family fun run at Burke Lake Park in Virginia. The run starts at 8 AM and more information about this event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Firm, is available on the event’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/JohnPavlickFightMeso

Pavlicks-8k-2011-003_blogJohn Pavlick was diagnosed with pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma in July 2008. Although his prognosis was grim, John was determined to fight. Moreover, his wanted to make sure that his case at least be used by researchers to help others in the future. His journey began at Presbyterian Memorial Hospital in New York City one month after his diagnosis and his courageous battle ended just a few months later, on November 13th. He was only 60 years old.

The John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8K & Family Fun Run, which is now in its third year, began shortly after John Pavlick’s passing. His wife Olga and daughter-in-law, Sarah, were determined to do something to honor his memory. They wanted to raise awareness of mesothelioma and they wanted to continue John’s desire to help others through research and patients services. One day, walking through Burke Lake Park in Virginia, where they live, they fondly remembered that John and Olga often took walks in that park. That sparked their idea to organize a run/walk along those same trails!

This year, Olga and Sarah hope to focus even more than usual on those affected by the disease, so they established an Honor Wall to remember loved ones lost to mesothelioma and will be printing the submitted names on their race t-shirts as well. “We want to be a place where families can come together and honor their loved ones, provide support for those fighting meso now and educate others about the disease,” said Sarah Pavlick.

We want to wish the Pavlick family the best of luck with their event, and would like to encourage those of you in Virginia to attend. If Virginia is not in your neck of the woods, take a look here at all the other events that benefit the Meso Foundation planned around Mesothelioma Awareness Day.