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Phone: 877-363-6376
1317 King Street
Virginia 22314
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Programs: The Meso Foundation's Board of Directors and Science Advisory Board include many of the nation's top mesothelioma physicians and researchers. With the assistance of these experts, the Foundation evaluates and provides funding for novel, promising mesothelioma research projects. The Meso Foundation has already awarded $5 million in mesothelioma research grants. We expect to continue to award ten $100,000 grants each year. As our financial support grows, the Foundation will make larger and more frequent grants to continue to stimulate research to develop effective mesothelioma treatments. The Foundation also educates front-line physicians and mesothelioma patients and family members on current mesothelioma treatment options, and works to create awareness of mesothelioma in Washington and the news media in order to stimulate more research funding at the federal level. The Foundation assisted with the first bill in U.S. history specifically calling for federal funding of mesothelioma research and treatment, introduced by Senator Patty Murray on June 18, 2002.

The mission of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is to eradicate mesothelioma as a life-ending disease. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer of the linings of the chest or abdomen. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause. The Meso Foundation solicits and rigorously reviews applications, and then awards significant grants, for research on the prevention, early detection, and treatment of mesothelioma. Through its web site and literature, its direct communications, and annual Symposium the Foundation provides patients, family members and physicians with hope, encouragement, and information. The Meso Foundation employs a full-time mesothelioma nurse practitioner to help patients navigate their treatments. In addition, the Foundation works to enhance awareness of this disease and to encourage federal funding for research.

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The Meso Foundation has been an incredible support in my life. In 2009, my mom was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. She passed away 2 years later when I was 24 years old. She was the third person in her family to die from Mesothelimoa, and also not the last. Her sister, my Aunt passed away a year later ... more »
This nonprofit was instrumental in its early days as families like ours watched a loved one suffer so much before death. Whenever I called there was a friendly person to provide advice. Our loved one has been gone for 11 years now. However, this nonprofit is still helping others in so many new ways... more »
When my father was diagnosed with mesothelioma we had no idea where to turn. I stayed up researching on the internet through the night, fighting my way through the law firm sites to try to get REAL help! Within 36 hours I was on the phone with MARF. It was a Sunday afternoon when Mary Hesdorffer ... more »
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