Cancer Research Foundation Honors Award Recipients

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Last week, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced the recipients of its awards, to be presented during the Awards Dinner, on March 2, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, in conjunction with the organization’s annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma.

2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma

Tickets to the Awards Dinner are available for purchase at curemeso.org/symposium. Recipients of the awards can be honored with the purchase of ads in the dinner program. More information is available at curemeso.org/adbook.

Last week, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) announced the recipients of its awards, which will be presented during the Awards Dinner, on March 2, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, in conjunction with the organization’s annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma.

The awards are presented annually to individuals for their accomplishments in the fight against mesothelioma.

This year’s recipients include:

-Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award
James A. Grogan, Jr., General President
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (formerly Asbestos Workers)

-Pioneer Award
Valerie W. Rusch, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

-Klaus Brauch Volunteer of the Year Award
Miriam Ratner

-Compassion Award
Father George Winchester

In addition, an Outstanding Nurse Award will be determined through community voting on Friday, January 30.

Tickets to the Awards Dinner are available for purchase at curemeso.org/symposium. Recipients of the awards can be honored with the purchase of ads in the dinner program. More information is available at curemeso.org/adbook.

Registration for the Symposium is now open at curemeso.org/symposium, where attendees can also book their hotel rooms. A general schedule, a list of speakers, and further information about the conference can also be found on this page.

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.

About the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
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 http://www.curemeso.org.

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