New York Governor David Patterson has declared Saturday, September 26, Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, affects between 2500 and 3000 Americans every year.
The first Mesothelioma Awareness Day was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2003. With the amount of industrial pollutants generated by the area’s steel mills, coal mines and other plants and factories, and the attendant lung diseases that many of the workers in those facilities would later develop, a group approached the Pittsburgh City Council and requested that they recognize Mesothelioma Awareness Day to help let other workers know about the dangerous disease and raise funds to finance treatments and clinical trials for patients. The group chose September 26 to commemorate the wedding anniversary of a patient who died from mesothelioma and his widow, who brought the cause to their attention.
In New Jersey, State Senator Tom Kean has proposed that his state recognize Mesothelioma Awareness Day in an effort to make sure that lawmakers, cancer researchers and the general public remember patients who have contracted the disease. In Kentucky, the state House of Representatives issued a proclamation to recognize Mesothelioma Awareness Day and to honor former state legislator Ron Cyrus, who died from the disease.
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