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Posted in Mesothelioma, News on Wednesday August 18, 2010

Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation donates $10k to CARD Foundation

CARD operates out of Libby, Mont., where residents have a 30 percent higher chance of developing an asbestos-related disease compared to the rest of the general population. A vermiculite mine, operated from the 1960s to the 1990s by W.R. Grace Co., poisoned miners and town residents with asbestos dust, a by-product of the mining process. Since 1960, an estimated 88 miners have died from asbestos exposure related diseases. In addition, studies estimate that 1 in 4 residents of the 10,000-person town have died from or suffer from an asbestos-related disease. Because of this, the Environmental Protection Agency has designated the town a National Public Health Emergency, the first ever such declaration.

CARD, a non-profit clinic, opened its doors in 2000 to help treat Libby residents diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. Since then, it has emerged as one of the leading centers where such diseases, like mesothelioma, are treated.

 

The Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation was established as a private 501(c)3, non-profit organization in 2010 through a multi-million dollar pledge from the Simmons law firm. It provides much-needed financial, organizational, volunteer, and other resources to support that national efforts of medical experts, researchers, hospitals, universities, patient caregivers, advocates and philanthropic organizations who work to provide an improved quality of life for mesothelioma patients, and ultimately, finding a cure for mesothelioma.

 

 


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