Each year the Meso Foundation holds an international Symposium to bring together all those affected by mesothelioma. Researchers leave their labs and travel a great distance to share with the attendees their work, as well as try to gain insight into what the diagnosis of mesothelioma means to those whose lives have been impacted. This is a very important part of our Symposia, as the fostering of these important relationships energizes the researcher and also is empowering to those who are tasked with fighting this deadly disease. We have been told by some of our researchers that interacting with mesothelioma families has impacted them significantly and they go back to their labs taking the suffering and the needs of the community with them. This has translated into some lasting bonds and a reunion of sorts takes place at the upcoming Symposia.
In this age of information overload, you are bombarded with so many emails about “breaking news about the cure for cancer”; “new drug promises a lasting remission in patients with rare cancers,” etc. Well, this is the opportunity to get beyond the hype and meet those in the trenches who can help you to understand the complexities of the disease in a straight forward manner, minus the hype meant to draw you to a particular website, group etc. This is the real deal and only the Meso Foundation can provide this service for you. We believe that a well-informed patient makes better decisions.
And for our donors – even if you don’t currently have a loved one fighting this disease – the Symposium is your opportunity to meet our funded researchers and ask them about their research and how your research dollars have had a positive impact.