I know we wouldn’t be here without Bruce’s courageous legacy and your organization’s hard work and your courageous fight
Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
Senator Chuck Schumer, along with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congressman Peter T. King, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, Congressman Michael G. Grimm and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, was this year’s recipient of the Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award. The award, presented annually at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s Symposium and named for the late Minnesota Congressman who died from mesothelioma in 2000, acknowledges the support and initiatives of advocates whose work helps to eradicate mesothelioma and eliminate the suffering caused by it.
Senator Schumer addressed the Meso Foundation and the attendees of its Symposium and thanked them for their work to eradicate mesothelioma and end the suffering caused by it. The video can be watched on the Meso Foundation’s website.
In his remarks, Sen. Schumer said that he personally knew Congressman Bruce Vento after whom this award is named.
Sen. Schumer said that he “sat next to him in the Banking Committee for years and saw how he suffered because of mesothelioma.”
“I know we wouldn’t be here without Bruce’s courageous legacy and your organization’s hard work and your courageous fight,” he added.
The recipients of the award are a bipartisan, bicameral group of New York legislators who sponsored the original James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (HR 847) to amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001. This amendment added mesothelioma to the list of diseases covered in the act.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year and an estimated one-third were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in Navy shipyards.
ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by it. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer reviewed scientific research to establish more effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this rare, but extremely aggressive, cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.2 million to research.
More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.