Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Inc

Rating: 4.95 stars   101 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Health, Cancer

Address:

1317 King Street Alexandria VA 22314 USA

Mission:

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 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, 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.

Programs:

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (also known as the Meso Foundation) is the only 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. It does so by focusing on four main program areas: • RESEARCH: Funding and support of the highest level of peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; • EDUCATION: Educating patients, their families, risk populations, and the public at large about mesothelioma; • SUPPORT: Providing patient support services; • ADVOCACY: Advocating Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer-reviewed scientific research to establish life-saving treatments for mesothelioma. To date, the Foundation has directly awarded over $8.7 million and, through its advocacy efforts, has directed another $8.9 million to promising mesothelioma research.

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Reviews for Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

 
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20 people found this review helpful

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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 in 2012.

Mesothelioma is a cancer that has literally destroyed my family. It can often be an isolating disease. Few people have heard of it, even fewer know what it truly is. The Foundation has been there for my family in every way, for my mom & aunt who were patients, for me as a loved one and now as a bereaved.

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

Make more people aware of it!

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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! We continue to support their efforts for a health issue that is so devastating. This organization is top notch!

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

A little

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?

2002

 
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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 answered the phone. That same Sunday, she had us on the phone with the top thorasic surgeon at New York University Medical Center in Manhattan. By Tuesday, my dad was in his office and Friday he was conducting a surgical biopsy.

This organization is the real deal! They have been there for us from the diagnosis and even now. The mission is to help patients and their loved ones to advocate, fight, survive and live well with mesothelioma. Of course, they also want to find a cure so pivotal research is funded.

My dad was with us for 20 months after his diagnosis. All of my initial research said that we would be lucky to get six months. There is not a doubt in my mind that we would not have had all of that time had we not found MARF. Even now that my father is no longer here, Mary and the foundation are still there trying to support us in our grief and loss. My mom calls Mary her angel: for without that support it would have been impossible to carry on.

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

nothing!

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When my husband was diagnosed with meso in March of 2006, we knew nothing--what it meant, where to go for treatment, etc. The resources we found here were enourmously helpful, and so were the boards/forums. The support and comfort we received there cannot be quantified. Although my husband passed in 2008, I continue to keep up with the research. No one should have to die from meso--it's preventable, if ONLY we could get asbestos banned--but in the meantime, the research MARF funds goes a long way to helping find viable treatments, if not a cure.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband was diagnosed in June 2012, we were devastated with the diagnosis of Mesothelioma and really needed someone who was in our shoes to walk through this with. We inquired at the hospital if there was a support group for this cancer and that evening we received a call from a patient who was willing to talk about their experience with Mesothelioma. In that conversation we were introduced to MARF and were invited to participate in a private group atmosphere. This place of comfort took on so many different roles in our fight. At first it was a place to ask and receive answers from our peers, it included an opportunity to have private conversations with people you relate to and share a common mind set. Then it was our lifeline to ask and understand medical issues so foreign to us in the beginning. Finally, it was our research link to our persistent stretch for a cure. It is a non profit research foundation that only wants a cure and it is given freely. Privacy and Respect

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When my husband was diagnosised with Mesothelioma naturally fear set in . But somehow I/we found
Our way to MARF. This nonprofit is a godsend! They are not associated with any attorney's. The volunteers
Who call & talk with you, help you find the best care possible for your love ones. They are awesome people. The staff at MARF are always willing to help you. The caregivers support groups are super . I can go on & on. Simply put they saved me. Thank you to all the staff especially, Mary H...

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

Wish we lived closer to their headquarters

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?

2012

 
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13 people found this review helpful

MARF is an awesome organization that truly cares about the patient as well as the care givers. They work really hard along with their members to get the word out regarding this orphaned disease and the research money it so badly needs to find a cure! If it was not for MARF I'm not sure how I would have survived these past 3 years! My husband was diagnosised on 8/31/06 and the foundation and it's resources have been terrific!!!!

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

my own family and friends of educating them as to what Meso is.

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

have a symposium on the east coast - Boston

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

the caring people and volunteers

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

GREAT and INFORMATIVE

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

surely have research monies to find a cure or new treatments!

Ways to make it better...

I was more outgoing and could get my community more involved in MARF

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

financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

we should never give up!!!!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma in 2007 at the age of 31. I was told it was a deadly aggressive cancer. My doctors did not know alot about it and how to treat it. I was luckly sent to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC where I had a great surgeon. Then after surgery I became depressed and I felt alone with my disease. I was searching the web and came across the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. I signed up to attend a symposium that they were having in Washington D.C. I felt so inspired after seeing all that everyone does in the foundation to raise awareness, find answers with doctors that are experts in the field. I was grateful to see what the scientists have been working on to find better treatment options for patients and their endless search to find a cure. I got to meet more patients then I thought existed. We are all a big family, I look forward to seeing them every year at the advocacy events and symposiums. Most of all I went from being angry to being empowered. I learned I alone can make a difference with advocacy and fundraising for the foundation. Its a wonderful needed support group that has amazing people working that really cares for us.

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?

2012

 
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I fully credit the Foundation with saving my life. I was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in August 2006, and was told by my local physicians that I should get my affairs in order. I found the Meso Foundation and they led me to a specialist, and I will be celebrating my 3 year survival anniversary soon. their work in research and advocacy in this field is unmatched. I am honored to be affiliated with them.

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

every patient given hope, and in the emerging awareness surrounding mesothelioma and continuing asbestos dangers.

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

do nowhere near the job Chris Hahn does. His dedication is amazing to me.

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

their adaptability to current circumstances, and their ability to connect the patient, research, caretaker, and medical communities on a common front.

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

outstanding. I only wish there were a few more, as they are overwhelmed with the work they do.

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

possibly find a cure for mesothelioma, and launch a major public awareness campain about the dangers of asbestos still in use.

Ways to make it better...

The foundation were bigger and had more visibility. Easier to find.

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

$$$$$$$$, awareness, and the apathy of our own government officials in the fight to ban asbestos and fund meso research

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Meso Foundation is OUTSTANDING in its dedication to its cause.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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