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Mesothelioma Cancer Foundations and Charities

There are several mesothelioma cancer foundations and charities dedicated to raising awareness, providing support, funding cancer research, and advocating for patients and their families. Learn more about these organizations and get our help accessing personalized medical, financial, and supportive care after a mesothelioma diagnosis.

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Overview of Mesothelioma Organizations

Mesothelioma cancer foundations share a steadfast determination to help those living with the disease as well as their families.

From actively listening to patients’ stories to researching cutting-edge treatment advancements, these organizations help people impacted by mesothelioma in both big and small ways.

Mesothelioma cancer foundations assist patients and caregivers by:

  • Funding research to develop better treatments, improve early detection methods, and ultimately find a cure for mesothelioma
  • Offering emotional support services, including counseling, support groups, and peer mentors
  • Providing financial assistance for medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and supportive care
  • Supporting regulations to prevent asbestos exposure, which is the leading cause of mesothelioma

As one of the community’s leading mesothelioma organizations, Mesothelioma Hope plays a crucial role in these efforts by providing patients and families with free medical guidance, financial aid resources, and support services at every step in their cancer journey.

Explore some top cancer organizations below and learn more about how we can help you or a loved one in our Free Mesothelioma Guide.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is a non-profit advocacy group that aims to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for a global asbestos ban, and support people affected by asbestos-related diseases.

The ADAO has spent the last several years pushing Congress to pass the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now (ARBAN) Act, which would ban the importation and commercial use of all six types of asbestos.

“Our goal is a world without asbestos and without asbestos-related diseases.”

- Quote from Linda Reinstein, ADAO President & Co-Founder

The ADAO also hosts the International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference each year, bringing together top mesothelioma doctors, subject matter experts, and community members to share the latest information about preventing and treating mesothelioma.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. It conducts research, provides education and support to patients and their families, and advocates for policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection, and access to quality care.

The ACS also organizes fundraising events such as Relay for Life to support cancer research and patient services.

The ACS has offices in more than 5,000 communities across the country and is one of the most trusted sources of information on mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related diseases.

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International Mesothelioma Program

Founded in 2002, the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) is located at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The IMP is the largest mesothelioma care center in the world, with more than 80 caregivers, researchers, and support staff dedicated to helping patients improve their prognosis and quality of life.

It’s also home to some of the most respected mesothelioma specialists in the country, such as Dr. Raphael Bueno and Dr. Daniel Wiener.

“We ‘go for broke’ in diagnosing and treating the patients who come to us for their care. Our comprehensive diagnostic and treatment strategies give patients everything we’ve got.”
– International Mesothelioma Program

The IMP has helped set a new standard for treating this disease through medical collaboration, clinical research, and pioneering ventures like its mesothelioma genome project.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma.

The Meso Foundation focuses on funding and supporting research efforts to improve diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately find a cure for this cancer.

Additionally, the foundation provides education and support services to patients and caregivers, advocates for increased awareness about mesothelioma, and works to ensure that patients have access to the best possible care and treatment options.

Miles for Meso

Miles for Meso is a national 5K race, fun run, and walk for mesothelioma awareness and research sponsored by Simmons Hanly Conroy, the official partner law firm of Mesothelioma Hope.

Every September, teams of mesothelioma survivors and loved ones walk together with a shared experience and purpose, sometimes in remembrance of those who’ve lost their lives to this rare cancer.

“It’s very nice to be around people who know and understand what our family went through. There’s so many different families who’ve been impacted by mesothelioma.”
– Joyce, Miles for Meso participant & wife of mesothelioma warrior John Larson

The event has raised nearly $1 million for mesothelioma charities and advocacy organizations since it started in 2009.

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, as well as the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

It conducts research efforts with the goal of advancing the public’s understanding of cancer and developing new strategies for cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment.

The NCI also extends assistance to cancer patients and their loved ones, offering ongoing support for survivors.

Simmons Cancer Institute

The Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) is a comprehensive cancer center located at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. Established in 2005, the institute is dedicated to cancer research, patient care, education, and community outreach.

The SCI is named after our legal partners at Simmons Hanly Conroy in recognition of the $10.2 million pledge made by the firm to help fight mesothelioma and other cancers.

The Simmons Cancer Institute aims to provide cutting-edge cancer care to patients in the region while also conducting research to advance the understanding and treatment of cancer.

It offers a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, involving medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, and other healthcare professionals working together to develop individualized treatment plans for patients.

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How Mesothelioma Hope Gives Back

At Mesothelioma Hope, we believe in contributing to the fight against this cancer and other asbestos-related diseases through charitable giving, partnerships with other mesothelioma cancer foundations, and efforts to raise awareness.

We also believe in giving back where it matters most — to the patients and caregivers navigating mesothelioma every day.

We do this by:

  • Helping patients get a second opinion on their diagnosis
  • Providing access to top specialists with our Free Doctor Match
  • Recommending peer mentors for families and caregivers
  • Sharing resources on financial assistance and legal help

Call us now at (866) 608-8933 to see how we can help your family find hope.

Mesothelioma Charities FAQs

Is there a charity for mesothelioma?

Yes, there are many mesothelioma cancer foundations and charities that fund mesothelioma research and help mesothelioma patients and their families access care.

Some of these organizations include:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
  • Cancer Hope Network
  • International Mesothelioma Program
  • Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
  • National Cancer Institute

These and other mesothelioma cancer foundations and charities are also spearheading exciting research into new and improved treatments that could lead to longer survival.

How do mesothelioma organizations help patients and families?

Mesothelioma organizations help support patients and their families in a variety of ways, including:

  • Advocating for patient rights and raising awareness about mesothelioma
  • Connecting patients and families with mesothelioma support groups
  • Helping patients find doctors and hospitals specializing in mesothelioma
  • Funding research to develop more effective mesothelioma treatments
  • Providing financial assistance for medical expenses and other related costs

How can I find top mesothelioma cancer foundations?

You can find a mesothelioma foundation or charity by reaching out to our team at (866) 608-8933 after a diagnosis.

Mesothelioma Hope has in-house nurses, Patient Advocates, attorneys, and other support staff who can connect you or a loved one with the help they need.

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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