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How We Give Back

Mesothelioma Hope is committed to supporting those harmed by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. In addition to offering free resources to patients and caregivers, we live out our commitment to the mesothelioma community by partnering with and financially contributing to other organizations with a similar mission. Learn more about how we give back below.

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Our Mission Statement

To walk alongside patients and families throughout their journey with mesothelioma — providing personalized medical, financial, and supportive care to alleviate stress while inspiring hope.

Organizations We Support

In service of our mission statement, we’re proud to work with other organizations that help patients and loved ones by raising awareness about mesothelioma, fighting for legislative change to ban asbestos, and researching new and more effective treatments.

Our legal partner and financial sponsor, Simmons Hanly Conroy, is one of the most respected mesothelioma law firms in the country. The firm has donated more than $31 million to asbestos-related causes, and its generosity allows Mesothelioma Hope to provide free resources and services to thousands of families across the country.

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by Linda Reinstein and Doug Larkin in 2004. It is the largest independent nonprofit in the U.S. focused on reducing the harm caused by asbestos by limiting exposure and protecting victims’ rights.

Mesothelioma Hope shows our commitment to the ADAO’s mission by using our platform to share information, supporting the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now (ARBAN) Act, and partnering on the first-ever Virtual Day of Asbestos Awareness in March 2023.

“Remember, you are not alone. There is a very large community available to asbestos victims, and there are so many resources to help people navigate the illness and potentially keep people from ever getting exposed in the first place.”

- Quote from Linda Reinstein, ADAO president and co-founder

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists to end mesothelioma. Its three main areas of focus include medical research, supporting patients and their families, and working to increase federal funds for research.

Our sponsor law firm has donated a combined $3 million to the Meso Foundation and the ADAO over the past decade.

“Why would a law firm want to donate money to a research program and eventually find a cure for a disease that they litigate, and it’s quite profitable? I think it just speaks that they go beyond that. They believe in the human spirit.”

- Quote from Mary Hesdorffer, Former Executive Director of the Meso Foundation

Cancer Research Centers

Cancer research is another area where we’re focused on giving back to the mesothelioma community. Our partner law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy, has donated over $21 million to cancer research and support.

“Cancer touches us all. My law firm started as a firm that fights for cancer victims. So it was only right that we try to help with care and research.”

- Quote from – John Simmons, Founder & Chairman of Simmons Hanly Conroy

Simmons Cancer Institute

The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is a community-based patient care, research, education, and outreach program.

The Simmons Cancer Institute was established to:

  • Improve cancer care
  • Enhance treatments
  • Continue the search for a cure for mesothelioma

Simmons Hanly Conroy pledged $10.2 million to fund this comprehensive cancer institute at Southern Illinois University (SIU).

Cancer Research Our Team Has Supported

Our sponsor has donated more than $8 million to support cancer research centers. The centers we’ve donated to, listed below, are working toward finding a cure for mesothelioma — a cause that Mesothelioma Hope passionately supports.

  • The Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • The Penn Medicine Mesothelioma and Pleural Disease Program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • The Mesothelioma Specialty Cancer Care Center at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
  • The Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California San Francisco

Mesothelioma Fundraising and Awareness Events

Mesothelioma Hope is committed to raising awareness of the harm caused by asbestos and fostering support and visibility for those affected by mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Awareness Events

During both Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW), which is the first week of April, and Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26 of every year, our team honors those who have been harmed by asbestos by fostering visibility, support, and advocacy.

We do this by having conversations with friends and families about this rare cancer, sharing resources on social media, and participating in fundraising events like the annual Miles for Meso race.

Miles for Meso

A crowd of runners at the 2020 Miles for Meso, presented by Simmons Hanly Conroy
A crowd of runners at the 2020 Miles for Meso, presented by Simmons Hanly Conroy

Miles for Meso is a fundraising 5K race that began in 2009 in Alton, Illinois, to coincide with Mesothelioma Awareness Day. It has expanded to include multiple cities and virtual options and has raised over $925,000 for mesothelioma research.

Recipients of the funds include the Meso Foundation, the ADAO, and Penn Medicine’s Pleural Disease Program.

Mesothelioma Hope’s team participates in the race every year to help build awareness and raise money to support individuals impacted by this cancer.

“Miles for Meso means that somebody has my back — and somebody is amplifying my voice against the use of asbestos and the industry of corporate greed.” – Julie Gundlach, 17+ year mesothelioma survivor

Our Dedication to Families Impacted by Mesothelioma

In addition to the charitable contributions made by our team and our partner law firm, Mesothelioma Hope is dedicated to helping families navigate the challenges of a rare cancer diagnosis and everything that comes along with it.

We’re proud to offer these free services:

Jenna TozziWritten by:

Director of Patient Advocacy

Jenna Tozzi, RN, is the Director of Patient Advocacy at Mesothelioma Hope. With more than 15 years of experience as an adult and pediatric oncology nurse navigator, Jenna provides exceptional guidance and support to mesothelioma patients and their loved ones. Jenna has been featured in Oncology Nursing News and is a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators & the American Nurses Association.

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