Eight months after my Dad’s diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma, my family held its first fundraiser to benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. They helped us so much, we felt it imperative to do what we could to say thank you. Dad was intensely involved with the planning and execution of the basket raffle that we held at our hometown’s yearly event, Dunbar Community Fest. He was sort of the ambassador that day, chatting with everyone who passed by and updating them on his progress and why we were there. He was proud to help.
Even after Dad’s passing in October of 2013, my family continues to support The Meso Foundation however we can. Working with them is an amazing way to give back and to honor the memory of my selfless father who always went above and beyond to help others. Working with others in our fundraising community inspires me. I see so many working together toward a common goal of eradicating this disease and spreading awareness and hope.
I have gotten to know amazing individuals through The Meso Foundation. We are reluctant members of a group of people who have been touched by mesothelioma in some way. Though unfortunate, we choose to rise above it and do everything possible to spare anyone else from the pain we have endured.
I am proud to be a member of The Meso Foundation’s Rising Leaders Council. We are an assembly of young people dedicated to raising funds and awareness, advocating on behalf of those still battling, those who have lost their fight with mesothelioma, and those who love them.
When entering into his clinical trial a little over two years ago, Dad told me that even though it might not help him, it may be able to help someone else. Mesothelioma took my father from me, but it did not take away his legacy of love and compassion for others. When I feel like I’m too busy to help or if it seems like it’s too much to take on, I remember him and all that he was. He pushes me to continue this endeavor.
Please consider joining me and so many others in this fight. For more information, contact the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and visit their website at www.curemeso.org.
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