Mesothelioma Awareness Day is right around the corner, and there are number of things you can do to get prepared for a special day that helps spread awareness and education about such a debilitating, life-threatening disease.
What is Mesothelioma Awareness Day?
Mesothelioma Awareness Day was established in 2004 by a group of volunteers who wanted to spread awareness about mesothelioma. Since then, it’s been held annually, consisting of numerous activities that people across the nation can be involved with.
When is Mesothelioma Awareness Day?
The 2015 Mesothelioma Awareness Day will be held on September 26.
How Can I Participate in Mesothelioma Awareness Day?
Everyone who wants to get involved in Mesothelioma Awareness Day is asked to wear the color blue. This can anything from a blue shirt, shorts, hats, jeans, bracelets, and more. If you would like customized items, The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation can create shirts in different styles and sizes, customized with a loved one’s name or anything else you’d like to add.
In addition to wearing blue, there are numerous other ways you can get involved in Mesothelioma Awareness Day, including:
- Annual walks and runs. Click here for schedules.
- Organize your own fundraising event in your area.
- Contact your local television stations, radio stations, and newspapers to help spread the word about Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Consider asking them to do a story on your personal experiences with mesothelioma.
- Fight asbestos online by posting mesothelioma awareness topics on social media sites, including photos of you and/or loved ones who are battling mesothelioma.
What Has Mesothelioma Awareness Day Achieved in the Past?
According to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the previous Mesothelioma Awareness Day events have been proven to be extremely successful. For instance, with the help of volunteers through numerous various activities, proclamations have been made by the United States Senate and The House of Representatives. Furthermore, close to a $1 million has already been raised to help with mesothelioma research and studies.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day also has helped to receive proclamations from the local government in many different states. Media coverage in these states and in cities have been extremely effective as well in helping to educate the public on mesothelioma, which still remains a relatively rare disease with not enough information for the public to understand it fully.
Why is Mesothelioma Awareness Day so Important?
Around 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Although these numbers are not as high as other forms of cancer, mesothelioma greatly affects not only the victims of the disease, but loved ones as well. Yet, since it’s not a common form of cancer, such as breast cancer, much research is still needed to help people battle the life-threatening illness.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day is just one of the ways to help raise funds to help mesothelioma research as well as help people understand more about the disease, including the toxic effects of asbestos, a mineral that is still legal in the United States today.
Additional Help and Resources for Mesothelioma Patients
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related illness, keep in mind that you may qualify for substantial compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering, and much more. We invite you to use our Asbestos Attorney Locator Tool to find a top mesothelioma lawyer in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us toll-free 800-694-4856.