September 18, 2013 – Mesothelioma Awareness Day occurs each year on September 26th. Established by an act of Congress, this special day is meant to draw public attention to one of the most lethal cancers worldwide. In addition to raising awareness of mesothelioma, a deadly disease linked exclusively to asbestos exposure, advocates hope to use Mesothelioma Awareness Day to help obtain the financial funding necessary for the continued medical research in the field of mesothelioma with the hopes of finding better treatments and ultimately a cure.
At one time, mesothelioma was thought to affect only workers handling the deadly fiber directly. That is no longer the case as second-hand exposure has been found to be just as deadly to individuals not working in at-risk occupations. Each year, an estimated 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma. However, the incidence of mesothelioma may be on the rise as a result of natural disasters such as hurricanes that cause mass destruction to asbestos-laden buildings, as well as national crises such as the falling of the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001.
Philadelphia Mesothelioma Lawyers Applaud the Efforts of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Since 2004, a group of volunteers from a nonprofit organization called the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) have gathered each September to increase the general public’s knowledge and understanding about the dangers associated with asbestos and the risk of developing mesothelioma as well as to seek financial support to eradicate the disease. Their determination and dedication to the cause was finally rewarded when in 2010 Congress officially proclaimed September 26th as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Many states and cities have permanently declared this date as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Pennsylvania and New Jersey are among those states that formally recognize this day.
Upcoming Events in Support of Mesothelioma Awareness
- * Mesothelioma Awareness Day Fact Campaign: a social media campaign scheduled to run from September 19 through September 26. Suggested and sample tweets, hash tags and Facebook updates that you can use are listed on the MARF website at www.curemeso.org.
- * Rockefeller Plaza/Today Show: In an effort to raise awareness, individuals are encouraged to gather at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on September 26th during the taping of the Today Show. You are invited to join in this large gathering of mesothelioma awareness supporters and make a sign that may be captured on video during the taping of the show.
- * Flag Flowing over Capitol Hill: In honor of your loved one who is either suffering from mesothelioma or has died from the disease, you can request that an American flag to be flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, DC on National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
- * Fundraising Events: There are many local community events occurring this month throughout the country in support of mesothelioma including walks, runs, triathlons, kayaking events, festivals, dog walks, craft shows and many others.
Philadelphia Mesothelioma Attorneys at the Shein Law: Advocating for the Rights of Mesothelioma Victims
For more than four decades, the Shein Law in Philadelphia has been providing comprehensive legal services to individuals and family members who have been tragically affected by a diagnosis of mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. Our Philadelphia mesothelioma attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights of the victims afflicted with this deadly disease. We maintain offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Pennsauken, New Jersey. Call the Shein Law today at 1-877-SHEINLAW (743-4652) to schedule a free consultation or contact us online.