Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) February 28, 2014
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced on Wednesday that the 2014 recipient of its first annual June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award is Anne Alessandrini of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Upon announcing the award at the start of 2014, the Meso Foundation began seeking a recipient through a nomination process. The meso community then had the opportunity to vote for the nurse who they thought should receive the award. After receiving hundreds of votes, the Meso Foundation named Anne Alessandrini as the winner. Ms. Alessandrini will be presented with the award at the Meso Foundation’s Awards Dinner on March 6, 2014 as part of the Foundation’s International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. The Symposium will be held from March 5th through 7th in the Washington, DC metro area.
Ms. Alessandrini works as a nurse in the Thoracic ICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to her career in the Thoracic ICU, Ms. Alessandrini works with a Nursing Liaison group conducting follow-up appointments in the homes of mesothelioma patients. She enjoys working with this unique patient population and she states, “I feel privileged to be allowed into peoples’ lives during such a vulnerable time.” She expresses her passion for nursing as she continues, “Every day I try to bring a smile to my patients and their families. I enjoy the challenges of each and every day working in the Thoracic ICU. The best part is getting to know who people really are, not just a diagnosis or medical record number, but the actual person.”
The June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar Outstanding Nurse Award is named in memory of two courageous women and nursing professionals who battled mesothelioma. As members of the Meso Foundation’s Board of Directors, June Breit and Jocelyn Farrar both cherished the meso community and worked diligently to raise awareness and research funds to win the war on mesothelioma. With this award, the Meso Foundation honors an individual in the nursing profession who exhibits an optimistic, determined, and generous spirit reflective of both Ms. Breit and Dr. Farrar.
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 3,500 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year and an estimated one-third were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in 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 this cancer. 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 effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million to research. More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.