Support the Meso Foundation by Shopping with AmazonSmile

Meso Foundation on AmazonSmileThis year, as you go about your holiday shopping, please consider visiting to support the Meso Foundation. 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, a portion of the purchase price will be given to the Foundation.

At, 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

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.


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

Meso Foundation Receives $100,000 Donation from Best Buy Founder’s Family Foundation

Richard M. SchulzeRichard M. Schulze is the founder and chairman emeritus of Best Buy Co., Inc., the world’s largest multi-channel, consumer-electronic retailer. His connection to mesothelioma is a personal one. In 2001, Mr. Schulze lost his wife Sandra to mesothelioma. His current wife, Maureen, also lost her first husband to the same cancer.

Mr. Schulze’s family foundation donated $100,000 to the Meso Foundation, half of which will go toward the Foundation’s Patient Travel Grant Program. The focus area of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation is to create grant partnerships with organizations that can generate transformational results in education, human services and health.

Regarding the donation, Melinda Kotzian, CEO of the Meso Foundation, stated, “In the last year, we saw a 44% increase of patients and family members seeking support. This gift comes at the right time to help us ensure that we can fulfill such a demand.”

The Patient Travel Grant Program, one of the programs directly funded by the Schulze gift, provides a one-time grant of up to $1,000 to cover expenses incurred by a patient (exceptions made for recurring clinical trial visits). This $1,000 grant can cover the costs of travel, lodging and meals. To receive a grant, patients are required to complete an application and document significant financial need. The grant is paid by check directly to the patient.

This program is a crucial part of the services provided by the Meso Foundation. Mesothelioma treatment requires the expertise of a specialist who has extensive mesothelioma experience. Such experts are available at a limited number of centers, access to which often requires the patient to travel. Mesothelioma patients can greatly benefit from consulting with an expert. In many cases, the mesothelioma expert will be able to work with the patient’s local physicians to guide them through a more specialized treatment.

“We believe that every patient should have the chance to be seen by an appropriate mesothelioma expert, regardless of their ability to pay,” Melinda added. “Our Foundation and the entire mesothelioma community are infinitely grateful to the Schulze Family for their generous gift and belief in the work of the Meso Foundation.”

You can help support the Meso Foundation’s vital programs and patient services by giving to our year-end fundraiser at

Learn more about the Meso Foundation’s Patient Travel Grant Program at

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


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

Registration Opens for 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma

Symposium2015_ThemeGraphicThe 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma is an event organized by the Meso Foundation and co-hosted with the National Cancer Institute. This conference is geared to attendees from all walks of life, including patients and their families, advocates, medical professionals, and those who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma. The Symposium provides a setting for everyone in the meso community to come together and take part in both scientific sessions and community conversations.

The Symposium will be held from March 2nd through March 4th of 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, located at One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Daytime conference sessions will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. We will provide shuttles between the hotel and the NIH in the morning and afternoon on March 2nd and 3rd. Attendees can also travel between the two locations by metro (stops are convenient to both the hotel and the NIH) or by taxi. Attendees can register and book hotel rooms at

Sessions will cover a range of topics about pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, treatments, clinical trials, surgery, prevention, as well as support groups, well-being, and community sessions. Additionally, a mesothelioma Advocacy Day will be held on Wednesday, March 4th. A general schedule for the 2015 Symposium can be viewed below.

2015 Symposium Schedule

In addition to our science and treatment sessions for the general public, this year’s Symposium includes a two-day special session for scientists and medical professionals. Nearly 100 mesothelioma experts will come together to share their work, and find collaboration opportunities, in an effort to speed up mesothelioma advances. The scientists and medical professionals in attendance will be available during sessions common to both groups, such as lunches and dinners, to answer any questions and to socialize. A recap and “translation” of the science sessions will be presented on Tuesday evening in the main Symposium session.

To register for the 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, book your hotel room, and view additional information as it becomes available, visit