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MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION INC
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

MY ROLE:
Client Served

MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION INC
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

MY ROLE:
Board Member

MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION INC
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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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

MY ROLE:
Client Served & through a nomination by MARF I recently participated in the DOD peer review medical research grant program.