Support the Meso Foundation by Shopping with AmazonSmile

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

At smile.amazon.com, 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 curemeso.org/savelives.

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.

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You can learn more about our year-end fundraising efforts at curemeso.org/savelives. 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 curemeso.org/savelives.

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

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

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

Deadly Cancer Disproportionately Affects Our Veterans

Veterans DayFor many veterans, danger is a relic of the combat zone, a distant memory rarely accessed. However, for some of our dedicated servicemen and women, a new kind of danger can begin 20 to 50 years after returning home.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer connected with exposure to asbestos. Due to its latency period of several decades, the development of disease is mostly unexpected.  As a result of asbestos exposure while serving, a disproportionate number of our veterans are at risk for developing mesothelioma. In fact, one third of the 3,000 Americans who develop this cancer every year either served in the Navy or worked in shipyards.

Asbestos, which is a naturally occurring mineral, was, until very recently, heavily used in construction and shipbuilding. Due to its insulation and heat resistant properties, there was virtually no place on a ship where asbestos was not used. Our Navy personnel has reported not only working around asbestos in boiler and engine rooms, but also sleeping under white dust falling from the pipes above their bunks.

Because mesothelioma is quite difficult to diagnose, we would like to encourage all veterans to inform their healthcare providers if they have ever been in contact with asbestos, even if it was many years ago. An earlier diagnosis generally affords more treatment options with a better prognosis. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is available as a free resource for anyone affected by this cancer. Read more information about mesothelioma specific to veterans.

This Veterans Day, the Meso Foundation honors the brave men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. We admire your service, sacrifice, and courage. Thank you.