Archive for April, 2012

Another Permanent Proclaimation of Meso Awareness Day …

Thank you to the Meso Foundation for keeping us updated!! And don’t forget to check out this year’s Symposium.

State of Virginia Passes and Signs Permanent Proclamation of Mesothelioma Awareness Day

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) announced Monday that the State of Virginia is the eleventh state to pass a permanent proclamation marking every September 26 ‘mesothelioma awareness day’.

Robena Reid, a tireless mesothelioma advocate and ambassador who lost her mother to mesothelioma, worked closely with her state delegate, Mark Sickles (D-Franconia), to introduce the proclamation (HJ120) into the Virginia legislature. The proclamation passed the Virginia House and Senate on February 29, 2012.

This morning, Robena Reid along with Meso Foundation’s Executive Director, Kathy Wiedemer, and Meso Foundation’s Government Affairs Director, Jessica Barker, attended the signing of the proclamation by Governor Bob McDonnell in Richmond, Virginia.

“We are grateful to the Virginia Legislature for bringing much-needed attention to this often neglected cancer, and we hope this will prompt Virginians, as well as others, to learn more about this dangerous disease,” said the executive director of the Meso Foundation, Kathy Wiedemer.

The text of the proclamation can be found on the Virginia’s Legislative website at

To read the full article presented by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation click on this link.

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ADAO Honors Larry

A very special thank you goes to Linda Reinstein for her kind words and to Dr. David Davis for accepting this award on his brother’s behalf.

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Fred Couples Designates Funds from The Presidents Cup to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation


World-renowned golfer, Fred Couples, directed $25,000 of the proceeds from The Presidents Cup golf tournament to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 16, 2012

Fred Couples, a 15-time PGA TOUR event winner and six-time Champions Tour event winner, recently designated a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation). This contribution is a portion of the charitable proceeds generated from The Presidents Cup 2011 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in which Couples served as captain of the victorious U.S. Team for the second consecutive time.

The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that it offers no purse or prize money. Players are not personally paid for their participation; instead, each competitor, captain and captain’s assistant allocates their portion of the proceeds generated to chosen charitable causes.

Mr. Couples’ and Ms. Midge Elo’s gift to the Meso Foundation (Couples gave gifts to 13 other organizations as well) was made in memory of George Elo, who lost his life to mesothelioma.

The Meso Foundation is the leading organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma as a life-ending cancer by funding peer-reviewed mesothelioma research, with over $7.6 million awarded to date. The Meso Foundation also provides patients and families with personalized and up-to-date information on mesothelioma treatments, clinical trials and medical referrals. More information about the Meso Foundation is available on their website at

A total of $4.5 million will be distributed to charitable causes around the world from The Presidents Cup 2011, a record-setting amount for this prestigious competition and part of the more than $27 million raised since the inception of the event in 1994.

The Presidents Cup is a biennial match-play competition between the United States Team and the International Team, which was first contested in 1994. The International Team includes the world’s best players from non-European countries.

The U.S. Team captured The Presidents Cup for the seventh time, led by Captain Fred Couples and a 5-0-0 performance by veteran Jim Furyk. Tiger Woods, one of Couples’ two captain’s picks, clinched the Cup for the United States with a 4-and-3 win over Australia’s Aaron Baddley in Sunday Singles.

For more information on The Presidents Cup, visit

For more information on the Meso Foundation go to

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Asbestos Exposure Infographic

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once used in thousands of consumer, industrial and construction products. Despite its uses, asbestos is a known human carcinogen and the National Cancer Institute suggests that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. The most common asbestos-related diseases include mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and gastrointestinal cancer.

While the dangers of asbestos are well-known, this “silent killer” often remains hidden. Whether it’s in our homes, schools or offices, asbestos potentially could be lurking everywhere. It’s important that we remind the public about this unseen danger and help victims of asbestos-related diseases. The image below puts this problem into perspective.

Help others learn more about how to avoid asbestos and prevent mesothelioma. To embed this infographic on your own website, follow the instructions at the bottom of this page.

Asbestos Exposure Infographic

Asbestos exposure infographic brought to you by Sokolove Law

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