Mesothelioma Foundation Expert Can Answer Your Questions!

Nurse Practitioner, Mary Hesdorffer, is a mesothelioma expert and has worked with mesothelioma patients and their families for the past twelve years. Mary is available to answer your questions about mesothelioma, its symptoms and treatments as well as options available to you. This help is a free service provided by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. We are not a law firm. Read more about the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

TO GET HELP CALL: (877) End-Meso or (877) 363-6376 or fill out the form to the right to be contacted by her.

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Your help is essential to help the cause of mesothelioma rise above apathy and various political, legal, and economic obstacles. Get involved today!

Advocate

Advocate

Volunteer

Volunteer

Conferences and Events

Conferences and Events

Meso Awareness Day

Meso Awareness Day

Be Educated
Understand the facts so that you can effectively make the case for federal mesothelioma research funding. For detailed information about mesothelioma and asbestos, visit our Understanding Mesothelioma webpage.

Sign up for Meso-Connect
Meso-Connect is a peer-to-peer support system for mesothelioma patients and their families. Through MesoConnect we identify and connect you with members of our mesothelioma community who "have been there, and have done that." This service can be helpful during all stages of a mesothelioma diagnosis, as well as for caregivers and those who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma. Click here to sign up for Meso-Connect.

Join a Support Group
Receive and give support by participating in mesothelioma-specific support groups.

Tell Your Story
Every single patient and family influenced by mesothelioma has a powerful, personal story to tell. Call the health or community reporter at your local newspaper and urge him/her to cover your story. Describe how you/your family member were exposed, the toll of the disease in your life, the historical lack of funding for research to develop treatments, and what you are doing about it. Find other opportunities to tell your story in your community. Our Press Kit will help you in contacting your local news outlets. Raising awareness at the local, state and national level will lead to changes in policy. Visit our Meso Awareness Day campaign to participate in raising awareness on the radio and through establishing a political recognition of Mesothelioma Awareness Day in your city, state and the nation.

Volunteer
Get involoved in the Meso Foundation's Volunteer Network. We will keep you up to date on what is happening in Washington, alert you about action items you can use to raise awareness and advocate for research funding, and connect you with other volunteers in your area you can work with.

Become an Ambassador

Visit Your Government Officials
The International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma's Advocacy Days have empowered the community to meet with their Representatives and Senators in Washinton D.C. where we have successfully created awareness and action to ban asbestos and provide federal research funds for mesothelioma. You can continue this advocacy by making an appointment with your government offices. Government officials often visit their home districts and are available to meet with constituents locally as well as in Washington D.C. Make an appointment with your officials' offices in order to share your story and raise awareness of asbestos and mesothelioma in your district and state. Our Advocacy Tips will help guide you in becoming an effective advocate.

Respond to Action Alerts
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation organizes specific campaigns for particular aspects of our advocacy efforts. For example, the DOD appropriation for meso research resulted in part from many researchers, patients, family and friends responding to an Action Alert by calling their Senators. Action Alerts are time-sensitive and require wide participation. Therefore, we usually issue them via email. Make sure the Foundation has your current email address, and respond to Action Alerts when we issue them.  Visit our Action Center now.

Develop Contacts
Think about who you know can help our advocacy efforts, e.g. federal legislators or their staffers, union or veterans group leaders, celebrities, influential community leaders, etc. Cultivate these contacts and Let Us Know about them so we can build them into our advocacy efforts.

Donate to Mesothelioma Research
Click here to make your contribution toward funding mesothelioma research for better diagnosis and treatment in hope of finding a cure.