How You Can Help
Since the meso community is small, and its voice so easily drowned out by the economic, legal and political aspects of asbestos, your help is essential. You can:
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.
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.
Get involoved in the Meso Foundation's Volunteer Network. We will keep you up to date on what is happening in
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.
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.
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.
Participate in The Meso Community
Unite with other advocates to share ideas, team up, and encourage each other by joining the Meso Community.
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.