Mesothelioma Survivor Makes Video to Change Misconceptions, Raise Awareness of Deadly Cancer

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Heather Nash, a mesothelioma cancer warrior and survivor, recently created and released a video message about her fight, in order to correct misconceptions about people affected by this cancer, to raise awareness of the disease, and to let people know about the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

being a relatively rare cancer, research into it gets little funding. I hope this video can help change that

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation was recently featured in a video released by a mesothelioma cancer survivor, Heather Nash, whose goal was to correct misconceptions about this deadly cancer and to request that viewers support the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

In the video, Ms. Nash leafs through written cardboard sheets from which the viewer learns about her story. On them she says, “My name is Heather. I am a daughter. I am a wife. I am a mom. I was a nurse. I was healthy. I have cancer. Mesothelioma. Average life expectancy: 9 to 18 months. I need your help to find a cure. Please give at“

When asked about her reasons for making the video, Ms. Nash explains that her goal was to show that the face of meso often isn’t the one seen on late night TV commercials.

“This cancer does not discriminate and I am an example of that,” says Ms. Nash.

“Also, being a relatively rare cancer, research into it gets little funding. I hope this video can help change that,” she added.

The video can be viewed in its entirety at

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 $9 million to research. More information is available at

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