On September 26th, 2004, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) – a nonprofit charity – established Mesothelioma Awareness Day with the goal of bringing more attention and funding to the cancer that thousands of American workers and family members suffer from. Following years of advocacy by MARF, national observance was made official by the U.S. Congress in 2010. This recognition furthered the dedication to uniting survivors with supporters and eradicating asbestos exposure.
This year, like every year, our mesothelioma law firm joins the September 26th commemoration in order to help educate the public, honor our clients, and fight for a better future.
The Importance of Mesothelioma Awareness Day
Across our country, thousands are living with mesothelioma, and thousands more are developing it now without even knowing it. The rare and latent cancer, which typically affects the lungs, is common among construction and industry workers who were exposed to asbestos for long periods. It was not until 1978 that the legitimate connection between asbestos and mesothelioma resulted in regulations on its use. Since then, awareness has grown rapidly, and we now know that mesothelioma is indeed preventable.
Despite that, a rather devastating reality remains. In the United States, asbestos is still legal, even at the plea of experts and various advocacy groups. The toxic mineral continues to be found in countless materials used for building, as well as other products and appliances.
By annually shining a spotlight on mesothelioma and its primary cause, not only can we collectively and successfully campaign for a total ban of asbestos, but we can also promote fundraisers that help research for advanced methods of diagnosis and better treatments.
Remembering the Cause During a Pandemic
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, organizers of the many annual walks and marathons across the country honoring victims of mesothelioma have cancelled events. Though the current pandemic has disrupted the normalcy of everyday life, it is vital Mesothelioma Awareness Day persevere. With new research revealing the vulnerability of mesothelioma patients to coronavirus, support for victims and their families must expand further.
Since blue has become the official color to symbolize mesothelioma awareness, get involved this year by painting the world blue. By simply wearing blue, survivors, victims, and their families know that people all over the nation are engaging in supporting their cause and spreading awareness to let others know how developing mesothelioma can be avoided.
How We Help Victims of Asbestos Exposure
Seek justice with the help of our experienced mesothelioma attorneys. Our Mesothelioma law firm has represented individuals like you affected by asbestos exposure for over 20 years, aggressively fighting the corporate giants responsible for their dangerous products. If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos or suffer from a disease caused by asbestos like mesothelioma, we can help.