This month the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation marks one year of philanthropic support for leading medical researchers and treatment specialists across the United States.
Below is a summary of the foundation’s accomplishments throughout 2010. As 2011 begins, the foundation will build on the success of 2010 by continuing to support national efforts of medical experts and researchers, hospitals, universities, patient caregivers, advocates and philanthropic organizations in pursuit of improved quality of life for patients and, ultimately, a cure for mesothelioma.
January: Starts in early 2010 with a multi-million dollar donation from the Simmons law firm.
Spring: Forms connections with NCI designated leading cancer centers including NYU, the University of Columbia, UPENN, and University of Chicago.
June: Donates $10,000 to the Center for Asbestos-Related Diseases in Libby, Mont. The money funded CARD’s patient support service programming.
August:A patient services support position is created at the University of Pennsylvania thanks to a foundation gift.
September: Miles for Meso, an advocacy project supported by the foundation, raises $40,000 for mesothelioma research through three races around the country.
September: Sponsors the International Mesothelioma Interest Group conference in Japan, which brought together the top mesothelioma researchers, specialists and physicians from around the world.
December: Partners with the UPMC Cancer Centers affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh.