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August 14, 2014

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August 14, 2014

Gr8 organization very dedicated to the patients and families it serves!!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get it more funding!!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

August 13, 2014

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July 24, 2009

MARF is THE key Meso resource to patients, caregivers and the scientific community! It is there to help, guide, educate and provide support and research resources!!! more

August 13, 2014

MARF is an organization that saves lives every day!!! They support patients, caregivers, provide education and most importantly they bring the Meso community together!!!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 24, 2009
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MARF is THE key Meso resource to patients, caregivers and the scientific community! It is there to help, guide, educate and provide support and research resources!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping patients, driving to a cure, enhancing treatment, assisting in QOL and being an advocate!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

WONDERFUL!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save lives!!!!!!!!! Do more of what it is already doing!

Ways to make it better...

Grow bigger and stronger!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The disease is still very unrecognized across the medical community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 11, 2014

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August 11, 2014

The meso foundation was there for my family from day one. They helped us find the best doctors we could for my father and helped us feel at ease. Many of the members have become close friends of ours. We will continue to support them and go to their fundraising events!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

August 8, 2014

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1 previous review
October 4, 2013

Few days after my Meso diagnoses in 2009 (and online search) several organizations contacted me. Among those lawyers and whoever called me a nice lady named Mary stood out. She did not mention any kin... more

August 8, 2014

The ONLY organization related to mesothelioma that helps patients, caregivers find the right path.
When I was diagnosed in 2009, Mary was the only person who called me and asked how can we help you? What is you plan? who is your doctor/ you team?
Since then I have enormous respect and love
for all the people working for MARF.
Plus, this is the only organization that connects all of us somehow related to Mesothelioma. With organizing Symposiums and events, the Meso family comes together - patients, caregivers, widowers, doctors, nurses... can be found in the same room.... where all questions can be asked and answered; happy news and worries shared with people who understand.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

October 4, 2013

Few days after my Meso diagnoses in 2009 (and online search) several organizations contacted me. Among those lawyers and whoever called me a nice lady named Mary stood out. She did not mention any kind of law case or money - she was focused on giving me information about treatment options, doctors and just my well-being. I loved her right away.
Once MARF moved to east coast I got more involved and only thing I can say is that I love everyone working or somehow connected to the organization. It is unique place where patients, caregivers, doctors even some lawyers come together for one cause - to find a cure.
And looking for the cure and financing research is what brought me close to MARF and all of these people. As a person diagnosed at 30years old, I am happy that I can be here, I am thankful that someone before me tried treatment that worked very well for me and I am more than pleased that research that my doctor does with my tissue (and is sponsored by MARF's grant) will help someone in the future.

Nowadays MARF offers support groups for patients, caregivers, for people who lost a loved ones to meso... MARF has created this amazing family that cares for each member, gives support and hope

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 8, 2014

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1 previous review
July 11, 2009

MARF saved my life! Without the information or caring provided by this wonderful organization I would not have made the choices for treatment that is so hard to find for Mesothelioma. I saw a grandch... more

August 8, 2014

I volunteer to help others overcome living with Mesothelioma. This organization helped save my life, it's the least I can do to help it help other patients and community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have the government require all oncologists to attend their conferences.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

July 11, 2009

MARF saved my life! Without the information or caring provided by this wonderful organization I would not have made the choices for treatment that is so hard to find for Mesothelioma. I saw a grandchild born and can watch her grow after being told I would die within a year. Without the research and patient connections this organization supports, most of us would think we are alone with this illness. I now help new patients, families and even my other doctors learn what the options are for surviving. My story can be found at the website, no need to tell it again. I am alive!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Patient outreach and the information given out to new patients and the increasing years of survivors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to help those that are affected with Mesothelioma and give them hope that surviving is possible, and to get the chance to meet the research and medical community to speak one on one to them each year at the international symposium.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are the most caring dedicated people who are all trying to believe there will be a cure.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 7, 2014

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August 7, 2014

My sister was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma and died seven months later. She was 45 years old, never worked with or around asbestos. We really don't know her true exposure. We had so many questions and found that MARF was the BEST source of information, help, and caring at a time when all else felt lost. I continue to follow them as I want remain informed and continue to help spread the word about mesothelioma so lives can be saved and no one will have to bury their loved ones. Asbestos kills!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 7, 2014

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1 previous review
July 12, 2009

As a caregiver I found MARF to be invaluable ! They are able to give expert medical advice, info on the latest treatments and where they are available, emotional support for patients and caregivers, ... more

August 7, 2014

My hubby was diagnosed in 2006 and at that time we did not know anyone who had had this cancer.....I found The Meso Foundation ...then MARF on line, and it became my resource for everything.....info.... counsel.... comfort ...... and courage !! They are truly a heaven sent group..... My hubby died in 2007 and I have been pleased to see they have continued to be a beacon to those affected by mesothelioma !!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

July 12, 2009

As a caregiver I found MARF to be invaluable ! They are able to give expert medical advice, info on the latest treatments and where they are available, emotional support for patients and caregivers, funding for research for the development of a cure, and a community of folks that are working diligently to change the laws that govern the use of asbestos.I am not sure what I would have done with out them but I do know that we made it educated and supported because of MARF!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the day to day care I gave my husband during his battle with mesothelioma.

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Ways to make it better...

and only if I had found them earlier than I did.....

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 15, 2014

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2 previous reviews - show all
October 4, 2013

As a Mesothelioma Foundation board member for the last 3 years I can't say enough about this foundation. It is the only foundation funding PEER REVIEWED medical research, dedicated to finding better ... more

July 15, 2014

The Meso Foundation has helped me as a caregiver and my husband as a patient with peritoneal mesothelioma with information and support groups through Facebook, telephone calls, symposiums, etc. They also fund much needed research for a cure. They have become a lifeline and a new community for me. Everything is also done with the utmost integrity and humanity.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

October 4, 2013

As a Mesothelioma Foundation board member for the last 3 years I can't say enough about this foundation. It is the only foundation funding PEER REVIEWED medical research, dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately the CURE for this ugly disease.

PEER REVIEWED research is a
critical aspect to finding a cure. Our non paid Science Advisory Board is comprised top doctors and researchers with years of experience in Mesothelioma care. They review 50 plus research grant proposals annually and award grants based on MERIT ONLY. We are the only foundation that does that, and have given out over 8 million dollars in research grants in the past 11 years. Results from several of those grants have received additional research funding from the Department of Defense peer reviewed medical research program.

Additional services include patient, caregiver, and bereaved support groups in individual or group settings.

The Foundation Board is comprised of non paid personnel who have a personal connection to this disease, either as a caregiver who lost a loved one to mesothelioma, as a patient, as a doctor or researcher, or have a military background. One third of newly diagnosed patients have a military background.

The Foundation is directed by a nurse practitioner with over 16 years experience in treating mesothelioma patients, and is known world wide for her expertise. Her small staff works relentlessly to advance the cause to find better treatments and a cure.

Why am I so attached to this foundation? Because I believe it gives the mesothelioma community the hope we need in finding better treatments and a cure. Yes, I did say we, as I am a 7 year mesothelioma survivor.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 22, 2009

MARF has been a true life line for me since being diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 3/07. It is by far the best clearing house for up to date information regarding treatment centers, trials, doctors and alternatives. It has a small compassionate staff of dedicated people that I have met personally at the annual symposium. They know each of the "Warriors" and Caregivers by first name and go out of their way to stay in touch with us by email or phone. The Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of what I consider the leading doctors in the field of mesothelioma treatment and are dedicated to finding a cure. This organization gets stronger each year and is dedicated to finding a cure. The annual symposium is unique in that it brings together doctors, patients and caregivers for 3 days of information sharing, networking, and relationship building. Finally, the medical liaison found under the "GET HELP NOW" link is our standard response to all new comers looking for direction. Mary is dedicated to our growing community and is up to date on all aspects of the disease and treatments.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the relationships it helps build with staff, doctors, caregivers and "WARRIORS"

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, compassionate, involved, sincere and dedicated.

Ways to make it better...

this ugly disease can be brought under control and eventually cured.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

first getting a total ban on asbestos usage in the United States. Second raising mesothelioma awareness by pushing for 9/26 as an annual mesothelioma awareness day. Third finding major grant dollars for serious long term research towards finding a cure.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 15, 2014

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July 15, 2014

As a 7 plus year survivor the Meso Foundation has been the go to place for everything meso related. It's prime directive is to fund much needed research. Available research funding puts Meso at the bottom of the list, so the funds provided by the Meso Foundation act as seed grants for proof of concept. It has funded over $8 million to date. Results from several of those grants have been awarded major funding by the DOD and other organizations. The Meso Foundation also provides patient and caregiver support 24/7, as well as having it's hand on the pulse of all the meso treatment centers and available treatment trials. A no brainer, the go to place.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

July 14, 2014

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1 previous review
July 13, 2009

I have had the privilage of working with people at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) since it began. It has literally helped to save hundreds of lives by giving not only hope but by... more

July 14, 2014

My husband was given 6 months to live after being diagnosised with peritoneal mesothelioma. This was in 1998. Thankfully we found a trial in NY and he survived 11 years. It was after the first or second year that the Meso Foundation opened it doors and we found them on the internet. They immediately began to give us the support we so disperately needed. They knew about about the disease and offered us hope. We began going to symposiums and meeting many other patients and caregivers. Craig began giving others hope as he continued to beat the odds and live a strong productive life. I found my niche in fundraising for the Foundation. It empowered us against a monster. The Foundation helps people get the help they need and provides much more than information. They provide support of other patients and that is priceless.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

July 13, 2009

I have had the privilage of working with people at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) since it began. It has literally helped to save hundreds of lives by giving not only hope but by actually giving advice to patients who are fighting an orphan disease. Most, if not all patients are told there is nothing that can be done for them when the are diagosised with this horrific cancer and given about 6 months to live. MARF not only given them HOPE but also helps with "scholoships" to help patients that don't have the means to get to their first doctors appointment. There are only a handful of specialiest that treat this disease and MARF raises more awareness and funding than government ever has. Having just lost my husband this past April to mesothelioma, I can tell that the MARF organization is an organization that is not only needed but is a lifeline for many that have no place else to turn. shellysbelieving

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

it is my belief that many lives have been saved and will continue to be saved.Many patients that have this disease have little or no information about this disease and are told to go home and die.MARF not only gives HOPE they give them valuable resources

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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