Showing Your Support
Every year, up to 3,000 people are diagnosed with the rare cancer mesothelioma. Overwhelmingly, they developed the disease after being exposed to asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral found in workplaces and homes across America. Many of these victims were simply going to work to earn a living and unwittingly breathed in asbestos fibers. They became innocent asbestos victims with the battle for their life on their hands.
Today, a growing number of Americans are standing up for mesothelioma patients. Since asbestos is not banned in the United States, they want legislators to take action. They want these victims to know they don’t stand alone in the fight against asbestos use. They are showing their support to the countless sufferers.
Ways to Show Support
When it comes to mesothelioma, it isn’t just the patient who is injured. The whole family feels the effects of this disease. With that, many want to know how they can show their support to the victims and families. There are several ways:
Remember Mesothelioma Awareness Day -- On September 26, patients, physicians and others join together in awareness of this dreadful disease. Started in 2004, Mesothelioma Awareness Day is aimed at raising understanding and much-needed research funds.
Join the Tradition
Every year, mesothelioma-cure enthusiasts meet at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on September 26 to raise awareness for the disease. In years past, the Today Show has taken notice of the show of support and recognized supporters on national television. It’s been a great way to get the word out about mesothelioma.
Host a Fundraiser -- Because it is so rare, mesothelioma is an underfunded disease, and there aren’t many research dollars going to finding a cure. This means mesothelioma will continue for generations to come. Do your part to halt the disease by hosting a fundraiser -- a bake sale, a 5k run or an awareness party -- and donate the funds to a notable mesothelioma charity.
Contact Your Local Media And Elected Officials
It’s easy for the general public to forget about the horrific side effects of asbestos exposure -- don’t let them. Contact your local media about Mesothelioma Awareness Day and any fundraisers. Also, ask your local elected officials to proclaim Mesothelioma Awareness Day for your local community.
Use Social Media
It’s time to get those texting thumbs ready! Use Facebook and Twitter to get the word out about the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma. You can tell your followers any number of important and startling facts, including that one-third of all mesothelioma patients are exposed in the military and asbestos is not banned in the U.S. Be sure to include information about Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
You can make special T-shirts, hold up signs at the end of your street or put placards in your yard. Whatever you need to do, show the world that you support a cure for mesothelioma. You can also contact us now for free mesothelioma awareness wristbands. Use these bands as conversation starters to let the world know about asbestos dangers.
It’s time to change your vehicle license plate to recognize mesothelioma. Some have personalized their plates to say “curemeso” and other catchy phrases that will attract attention to this disease.
No matter how you choose to show your support for a mesothelioma cure, it’s important to stand up and make it known.
- Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Retrieved from http://www.curemeso.org/site/c.kkLUJ7MPKtH/b.3081255/k.797C/Mesothelioma_Awareness_Day.htm