National Nurses Week, taking place every year between May 6 and May 12, honors nurses for the vital role they play in today’s health care systems. We at the Meso Foundation would like to thank and recognize all of the wonderful nurses in our community and in the world. Their commitment to protecting and improving the health of their patients — in a wide range of roles and settings — does not go unnoticed.
In the spirit of National Nurses Week, we also celebrate the memories of five nurses in our mesothelioma community and their lasting impact. Our executive director (and a nurse practitioner herself) Mary Hesdorffer offered the following tributes:
|Recognizing Heather’s impact on her patients, friends and her very own meso community is so very important to all of us who came to love her and her family.|
|A wonderful nurse committed to her family, friends, faith and her community, Kristi educated many people about her journey with meso. She also participated in multiple research efforts that we hope will improve the lives of meso patients worldwide.|
|Meg, another nursing colleague and also mesothelioma patient, inspired Congressman John Katko (R-NY) to draft and support the Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act of 2017.|
|A member of the Meso Foundation's Board of Directors, June was a strong advocate for raising mesothelioma awareness. Her legacy lives on through her words on our blog: “To live until we say goodbye” and “The power of community.”|
|Also a member of the Meso Foundation's Board of Directors, Jocelyn was widely known throughout the community for her work on behalf of mesothelioma patients. She raised awareness and critical research funds to help in our war on mesothelioma.|
Take a few moments this week and thank your favorite nurse (or nurses) for the work they do for you and all patients.