Mesothelioma Awareness Day takes place annually on September 26. It was established in 2004 by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. It wasn’t until 2010 that Congress first declared September 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
Regardless of when it was officially established, Mesothelioma Awareness Day has been uniting survivors, caregivers and loved ones by honoring those affected by this rare disease.
The day is observed in many ways. Supporters are encouraged to wear blue and share photos on social media. Many people wear mesothelioma awareness bracelets or ribbons.
Organizations and advocates put on fundraisers and run awareness campaigns to get the word out. Events such as iWalk4Meso, Miles for Meso and Kayaking 4 Meso raise funds for research and educate the public about the health effects of asbestos.
Every sign of support means a lot to families affected by mesothelioma.