Organization to Raise Awareness of Mesothelioma on the Today Show

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation invites its supporters, donors, and community at large to join the crowd at the Today show, on September 26, to raise awareness of mesothelioma, an aggressive and vicious cancer.

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) August 29, 2014

For the fifth year in a row, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) will be observing September 26th as Mesothelioma Awareness Day, by attending the Today show on Rockefeller Plaza, in New York.

Members of the community who wish to join are encouraged to RSVP. The Foundation will be providing t-shirts and signs to participating community members.

In the past years, mesothelioma community members have received attention from Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day, established by Meso Foundation volunteers in 2004, has been the driving force behind the movement to bring more attention and funding to this cancer.

In the last ten years, through various activities, the Meso Foundation and its volunteers have been able to obtain "National Mesothelioma Awareness Day" proclamations by both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, have raised nearly a million dollars, have received local government proclamations in their states and localities, and have received dozens of instances of media coverage for their stories, events, and activities.

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. With the life expectancy of less than one year after diagnosis, medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards. Currently, few treatment options exist. There is no cure.

The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund 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 develop life-saving treatments for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million to research. More information is available at