You’ve probably heard of the “ice bucket challenge”, which was designed to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). But have you heard of Mesothelioma Awareness Day? September 26th is the tenth annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

What began as a grassroots movement by The Meso Foundation has grown into a national movement to raise awareness and recognize those impacted by mesothelioma. Events like Miles for Meso are taking place all over the country. Currently, there are only a handful of FDA-approved drugs used to treat mesothelioma. The goal of these events is to raise funds to further mesothelioma research.

So what is mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer most often caused by asbestos that attacks the thin layer of cells lining the body’s internal organs. This aggressive disease causes tumors to form in the pleural cavity of the chest, lungs, abdomen, or lining of the heart. Mesothelioma is difficult to detect in its early stages. As a result, mesothelioma symptoms often take years to appear.

After seeing some of our clients’ struggles with this disease, we recognize the importance of raising awareness and funding research to treat mesothelioma.

If you are a railroad worker who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related cancer, please contact us to discuss your legal options.