The Meso Foundation recently released a video of award-winning author, Lionel Shriver, in which Ms. Shriver urges viewers to observe September 26th as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The video can be watched on the Meso Foundation’s YouTube channel, or through the player below.
“Several years ago, one of my closest friends was diagnosed with mesothelioma,” says Ms. Shriver in the video. “Her experience of living with the disease, and ultimately dying from it, moved me to write my tenth novel, ‘So Much for That.’”
“So Much for That” is a fictional novel that tackles the complicated topic of healthcare in the United States through the experience of a mesothelioma patient and her family.
In the video, viewers are urged to visit the Meso Foundation’s website at curemeso.org to learn more about Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
Ms. Shriver is best known as the author of the award-winning novel “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” and “Big Brother.”
Mesothelioma Awareness Day is a grassroots movement established in 2004 by volunteers of the Meso Foundation with the goal of bringing more attention and funding to this historically-neglected cancer.
“On behalf of the mesothelioma community, I am infinitely grateful to Ms. Shriver for her help in raising awareness,” said Mary Hesdorffer, the nurse practitioner and executive director of the Meso Foundation.
“More awareness of this disease and the consequent increased funding for research, education, support, and advocacy is exactly what is needed to help us save lives,” added Ms. Hesdorffer.
View Lione Shriver’s video below, and learn more about Mesothelioma Awareness Day at curemeso.org/awarenessday.