The Meso Foundation Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations

BitcoinThe Meso Foundation is now accepting donations in Bitcoin, in addition to all of the traditional ways to give. The Bitcoin donation page can be found at curemeso.org/bitcoin.

“As more and more businesses are accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment, we decided it was important for us to do the same,” said Melinda Kotzian, the chief executive office of the Meso Foundation.

Bitcoin is an online-only, internet currency, started in 2009. Bitcoin donations can be easily and immediately following a donation, converted into any other currency, including the US Dollar.

“We do not want anything to stand in our way of raising funds to fund mesothelioma research, education, support, and advocacy. Our goal is to save lives, and we’ll do whatever it takes to get there,” Ms. Kotzian added.

The Meso Foundation’s bitcoin donation page can be found at curemeso.org/bitcoin.

Get Ready for Meso Awareness Day 2014

Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2014 will be observed on September 26th.Mesothelioma Awareness Day is just around the corner on September 26th! Established by Meso Foundation volunteers in 2004, Meso Awareness Day has been the driving force behind the movement to bring more attention and funding to this cancer. In the last ten years, through various activities, the Meso Foundation and its volunteers have been able to obtain “National Mesothelioma Awareness Day” proclamations by both the U. S. Senate and the House of Representatives, have raised nearly a million dollars, have received local government proclamations in their states and localities, and have received dozens of instances of media coverage for their stories, events, and activities.

In 2014, help us continue this trend. There are a number of ways that you can get involved, such as:

GOVERNMENT: Make Mesothelioma Awareness Day an official day in the states and cities where this hasn’t yet happened.

FUNDRAISING: Organize/attend a fundraising event. Visit curemeso.org to view upcoming events or explore the many ways you can get involved and plan your own event.

MEDIA COVERAGE: Contact your local media to obtain coverage of Meso Awareness Day in your area.

GENERAL AWARENESS: Use your social media networks to bring attention to mesothelioma and to educate your friends, families, and communities about our mission to eradicate mesothelioma and end the suffering caused by this cancer.

CONFERENCE: Join the Meso Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for a regional conference with experts in the field of mesothelioma. The conference will take place on Friday, September 26 at The Hub, Cira Centre located at 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

TODAY SHOW: If you are in the New York are, join Meso Foundation volunteers as they again gather at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City for the Today Show on the morning of Friday, September 26. RSVP NOW. Check out the video below from Meso Awareness Day 2012!

More information about Mesothelioma Awareness Day is available on our website at curemeso.org/awarenessday.

GUEST BLOG: Sarah Lackner Attends the Charlie Cole Golf Classic

Lynn Cole and Sarah Lacknerby Sarah Lackner

I spent the third weekend in May in Asheville, North Carolina on behalf of the Meso Foundation at the 3rd Annual Charlie Cole Golf Classic hosted by Lynn Cole, along with her children, Matt and Katie, in memory of her husband, Charlie, who lost his battle with mesothelioma on March 31, 2010 after only 17 months.

I hadn’t met the Cole family prior to this weekend, but what occurred during that quick less-than-48-hour trip is exactly what the Foundation is about. The warmth and strength that the family displayed, their incredibly supportive and loving friends, as well as other local meso community members all contributed to making the day an absolute success.

Not only was I able to thank the Cole family for their commitment, their friends and family for their support, I was able to spend time truly connecting with each of them. Katie and I were the same age when we lost our parent and zipping around on the golf cart gave us a few hours to share our experiences, both of the loss and of life after the loss. Later that evening, Matt and I were able to also have those conversations that only occur with someone who has been through what we as a community go through. C.S. Lewis says that friendship is born that moment when one man says to another “What? You too? I thought that no one but myself…”

Charlie Cole Gold ClassicThis event was, for me, everything that the Foundation works for: supporting research, education, support, and advocacy programs through raising funds and awareness as well as bringing together those affected by mesothelioma. It takes what is often an isolating disease and provides a place where if you want to talk about it, everyone understands, and if you don’t want to talk about it, everyone understands.

Thank you, so much, Lynn, Matt and Katie for allowing me to share the weekend with you. And thank you for believing in and working towards a cure.

Announcing the Giving Circles Fundraising Program

The Meso Foundation establishes Giving Circles, a new fundraising program for mesothelioma research, education, support, advocacy.The Meso Foundation has established a new fundraising program to generate necessary funds for its mesothelioma patient programs and research grants. This fundraising program features four distinct Giving Circles offering different ways for constituents to participate in the fight against mesothelioma.

The four Giving Circles are currently structured as follows:

  • The Blue Ribbon Council provides an avenue for individuals who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma to come together for support.
  • The Warrior Council offers mesothelioma patients, their family members, and caregivers a safe haven where they can lean on and learn from each other while battling this disease.
  • The Rising Leaders Council is a community for up-and-coming fundraisers and advocates to raise funds and awareness for the organization.
  • The Meso Professionals Council offers a place for professionals working in the mesothelioma field to demonstrate their commitment to the Foundation and the individuals it serves.

For more information about each giving circle, visit curemeso.org/givingcircles.

Mission Cure Meso: A Wrap-Up of April Fundraising Events

Cycling for Mesoby Dana Purcell, Development Coordinator, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

Spring is here and fundraising events for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation are in full swing! April was a busy month for community fundraisers. Each event had a special connection to mesothelioma and a creative way to bring in funding towards research, education, and advocacy. From California to New York, Meso Foundation staff members and board members were able to see the great efforts of the meso community.

The month started out with an event on April 6th in California, the Rock for Peace Benefit Concert. This event was organized by the Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s Breath of Hope Club and the Bendix family to contribute funds towards the Ken Bendix 2nd Memorial Grant. Over 200 people were in attendance and the concert featured two bands and three soloists, as well as a YouTube video played to raise mesothelioma awareness.

On Saturday morning, April 12th, the Get the Lead Out! 5k/10k and 1 mile walk took place on a perfect spring day. The event was hosted by The Norm Kulig 2Young2Go Foundation, which was formed by siblings who lost their brother, Norm, at the age of 42 to mesothelioma. A portion of the funds raised from this event is given to the Meso Foundation and has been a proven success for many years now. Bill Kasenchar did a fantastic job with the logistics of the event and making it a success yet again!

Get the Lead Out!The last weekend of April included three events for the Foundation, one being the 5k for Michael Bradley. This event was all about community and honoring Michael, who had passed just days before the event. There were family and friends that drove over 12 hours to participate in the 5K. Members of the Varnell, GA community gathered to lend a hand and offer support. Melinda Kotzian, CEO of the Meso Foundation, was there to thank all the attendees and give a special thank you to the Bradley and Neuenschwander family.

Cycling for Meso was the 1st annual event hosted by Gori Julian and Associates in Edwardsville, IL. Participants endured one of three trails that were 3, 10, or 26 miles, making it fun for all riders of different levels to enjoy. The event was able to bring a high amount through sponsorship and proved to be a real community event. Dawn Devine and Chrissy Howard worked so hard getting silent auction items, designing great t-shirts and making the event a true success.

On Sunday, April 27, the 9th Annual Walk for Hope took place in Eienshower, New York. The event is organized each yearby Janice Malkotsis and Meso Foundation board member Erica Iacono in memory of their fathers, Joseph Lombardo and Anthony Iacono. It was a gorgeous day for a long stroll in the park, and the walk was followed by a raffle that included prizes such as New York Met tickets!

The Meso Foundation wants to thank everyone for their incredible efforts and the hard work they put into these events. The hard work our fundraisers put in to these events helps the Foundation get another step closer to our goal!

Visit curemeso.org to see a list of upcoming community events.