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Fighting Cancer: Historic Anti-Asbestos Legislation Moving Forward With Support of Meso Foundation
Date:5/19/2008

McCollum and taking up the

issue of carcinogenic asbestos. We support the strongest possible ban on

asbestos and applaud the Sub-committee for their work in drafting the

Committee Print.

For the sake of all those already exposed, those now sick, and those who

will be exposed in the future to asbestos already in place, we call on the

Health Subcommittee to follow Senator Murray and Congresswoman McCollum in

recognizing the necessity of a robust asbestos disease research program,

and to adopt the research funding provisions included in their

legislation. Once these provisions have been added to the existing

Committee Print, we call on the House of Representatives to pass this

legislation as quickly as possible so that it can be conferenced with the

Senate-passed legislation championed by Senator Murray, and a bill can be

presented to the President for signature."

Representative Lois Capps (D-CA) and the staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a briefing session on Monday, May 19th to educate the key staff of other House members on the critical need for this legislation. Meso Foundation Medical Liaison Mary Hesdorffer, a nurse practitioner with twelve years' experience treating meso patients and designing clinical trials, was one of the key speakers. Based on her professional experience with hundreds of meso patients, Mary spoke on why the Meso Foundation supports the Committee Print and the House's effort to pass the strongest ban possible. She also explained why the research funding provisions are so critically important for the millions who were exposed in the past sixty years - and all those who will continue to be exposed to the asbestos already pervasive in our environment.

The Meso Foundation has also issued an "Action Alert" urging all 15,000 of its constituents to call on their House Representative this week to support prompt passage in the House of th
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