Meso Warrior, Rich Mosca, Featured on Everyday Health

Curemeso.orgLast week, mesothelioma survivor and mesothelioma community member, Rich Mosca, shared his powerful story of diagnosis and the beginning of his eight-year battle with meso on Everyday Health.

Mesothelioma is known to be very difficult to treat. But before treatment can even begin, a patient needs a diagnosis. In his contribution to the My Cancer Story section of the popular website, Rich details the long road it took to finally learn he has mesothelioma, and the unexpected relief of obtaining the diagnosis.

“Having no idea what was wrong, we had no idea what to do,” says Rich in his blog.

Rich’s story points out what is, perhaps, the disconnect in the world of mesothelioma – so many have heard about it from TV commercials, yet so few doctors actually think about it when patients present with certain symptoms.

To read Rich’s article, “Despite the TV Ads, Even Doctors Didn’t Know Much About My Cancer” in its entirety, please visit Everyday Health.

FOR THE FOUNDATION: Students Overseas Sponsor Summer Bazaar to Raise Awareness for Mesothelioma

Students at the Kuwait American School (KAS) organized a charity expo on April 28th to raise awareness for mesothelioma research. After their beloved school director Mrs. Wajeeha Al Habib fell to mesothelioma cancer, the student body rallied and proposed to the school the idea of an open bazaar. Thirty small businesses sold their services and unique products to guests. Booths comprised of businesses offering desserts, summer programs, accessories, and others, with the entrance fee and booth rent given to a “Cure Mesothelioma” booth organized and run by the student body. Even with such a short period of planning, KAS gave their students full support for this heartfelt idea, and allowed for the collection of donations at the Cure Meso booth.

Have a look at the KAS publication StudenTalk magazine’s “Activities That Stand Out” to read their own coverage of the event.

Raising funds and awareness about mesothelioma cancer isn’t easy, and still people want to know more about how to organize an event. We see that in the amount of people visiting our 6 Tips on Planning Your Own Fundraiser blogpost. It’s when you hear stories from Erica Iacono and Janice Malkotsis, you discover, that planning fundraisers is simply answering a call. When it comes to this the KAS student body displayed the drive and spirit needed in doing just that, and taking an idea to full fruition as a successful fundraiser.

At the end of the event, the KAS charity bazaar proved highly successful with over 1000 attendees, numerous contributions from sponsors, and held in the presence of H.E. Sheikha Awrad Jaber Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah. The event also gained momentum on blogs, and in local newspapers and magazines. The students of KAS raised for the Meso Foundation $19,826, truly an accomplishment from the heart. This event, KAS school administration and students alike, was a one-of-a-kind, the cause of furthering mesothelioma research and believing in a cure deeply touching all who took part.

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(Starting from the left) Living Values Booth: Shereen Kamal, Razan AlHuneidi, Ashraqat Sayed, Mariam, Shaaban, Omniya Sobl, Duaa Mansour (Living Values Booth) with Al-Sheikha Awrad AlSubah
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(Starting from the left) Ahmed Sedfi, Serein Maxx, Latifa Al-Baqshi, Sina Karimi, managing the Donations for Mesothelioma Booth
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Salwa, Abeer Al-Halabi, Al-Sheikha Awrad Al-Subah, Batool Arjomand,
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Fawaz AlShammari Presenting An Award Of Gratitude To Al-Sheikha Awrad Al-Subah

We at the Meso Foundation thank all those at KAS for their determination, vision, and planning of this incredible tribute to Wajeeha Al Habib, and we sincerely hope to hear more from them, and from other mesothelioma warriors around the world, of overcoming their own challenges and achieving accomplishments for raising awareness.