The Law Firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. Announces Multimillion Dollar Pledge to the International Pleural Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital

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Grant made in honor of victims of asbestos exposure.

In honor of National Asbestos Awareness Day on April 1, 2005, the law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has pledged up to $3 million to the International Pleural Mesothelioma Program at Brigham & Women's Hospital. The International Pleural Mesothelioma Program was founded by David J. Sugarbaker, MD, as a response to the growing incidence of mesothelioma, a disease caused by exposure to asbestos.

"We could not think of a better way to honor victims of asbestos exposure than to help fund one of the most highly-respected mesothelioma research and treatment programs in the country," said Russell Budd, managing shareholder of Baron & Budd. "We hope the good work of the International Pleural Mesothelioma Program will provide new hope for patients of this disease, which currently has no cure."

Realizing that a cure for this devastating disease can only come from a collaborative effort of dedicated professionals, the International Pleural Mesothelioma Program is comprised of some of the finest researchers, surgeons, oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists, and medical and social science professionals from Brigham & Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School. The objective of the program is to offer potentially curative therapy to patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. has not banned asbestos. It has been estimated that there will be 2,200 to 3,000 malignant pleural mesothelioma cases diagnosed in the United States this year.

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

Since 1977, the law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has championed the rights of people and communities harmed by corporate misconduct. With over 70 attorneys and offices in Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, and New York, Baron & Budd enjoys a national reputation as a leader of the plaintiffs' bar. The firm represents individuals with mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos; leukemia caused by benzene; injuries caused by other toxic substances and unsafe pharmaceuticals; water authorities seeking clean-up costs for drinking water contamination; securities investors defrauded by corporate wrongdoing; and consumers in class actions. For more information, call 1-800-222-2766 or visit http://www.baronandbudd.com. For more information on mesothelioma, visit http://www.mesotheliomanews.com

Contact:    

Sabrina Quirarte

Baron & Budd, P.C.

214-521-3605

SQuirart@baronandbudd.com

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