Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania’

Claims for September 11th Victims Compensation Fund must be filed by October 12

11 Sep 2014 by under Events, Legal, News

twin towers collapse Claims for September 11th Victims Compensation Fund must be filed by October 12An important deadline is approaching for people diagnosed with cancer related to exposure to toxins at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center in City, at the Pentagon, or in Pennsylvania on , 2001, following the terrorist attacks and plane crashes at those sites. In order to file a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, individual must register with the fund by October 12, 2014. (more…)

Lawsuit filed by machinist diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer

27 Feb 2014 by under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Lawsuit filed by machinist diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancerAn exposure complaint was filed Feb. 12, 2014, by a Pennsylvania man who was recently diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer. Working as a machinist for numerous companies, Milton M. Schuster, Sr., was allegedly exposed to asbestos from 1954 through 1985 by his former employers’ products, leading to his diagnosis on Dec. 12, 2013, according to the complaint. (more…)

9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is marked

11 Sep 2013 by under Events, Legal, News, People

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is markedToday Americans pause to remember the tragic of September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., along with a failed attempt that downed a jetliner in a field in Pennsylvania, changed our nation forever. But as we stop to think of those who lost their lives on that day, the lingering effects of toxic debris at Ground Zero in New York continue to plague first responders and workers who cleared the debris. Many others also were exposed to toxins at the Pentagon and the plane crash site. (more…)

Pennsylvania high-rise found to contain asbestos during renovation

5 Aug 2013 by under News

Lee Parks Tower WNEP16 News 100x100 Pennsylvania high rise found to contain asbestos during renovationResidents of a Luzerne County, Penn., building have been temporarily relocated to other living facilities after renovation work on their building revealed the presence of . The building houses senior citizens and people with disabilities. Many of the apartments were already coated with dust from the renovation work before the residents were moved. (more…)

Meso Foundation offers educational teleconferences, podcasts

8 Mar 2012 by under Events, Organizations, Research/Treatment

MARF logo square Meso Foundation offers educational teleconferences, podcastsThe Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) offers live teleconferences featuring experts in the field of mesothelioma, who will discuss developments in research and treatment. If you miss the live broadcast, the offers the program as a podcast on its website. There is no cost to participate. (more…)

Please let us know about your mesothelioma events!

28 May 2009 by under Events

I’ve posted about several mesothelioma fund-raising and awareness events during the past month, happening in places like Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania. Activities have ranged from bike rides to walks and even a bowl-a-thon. Proceeds from these events have gone toward mesothelioma , through the Mesothelioma Applied Foundation (MARF), or will benefit an individual, like Shanna Kurtz, in her personal battle against mesothelioma.

Today I heard from two people who are looking for ways to help raise awareness of mesothelioma and funds for research. One lives in California and the other in New York. If you know of any events in these areas in the coming weeks, please email us at myMeso – you can just click that green “Contact Us!” button on the home page, or you can email me directly at

Also, if you send us information about an event, please include information about where the proceeds will go (either to an individual or an organization) and let us know how people can donate even if they cannot attend the event. Many people in the meso community will still want to help, even if they aren’t able to travel to your area to participate.

I look forward to helping you get the word out about your mesothelioma awareness event!

New technology could aid in asbestos removal

20 Apr 2009 by under News, Organizations, Research/Treatment

A new process that treats with heat and chemicals, called thermochemical conversion, could help ensure greater safety for removal projects, particularly those on a large scale. The process is being discussed in several communities that are looking at ways to clean a more than 60-acre site contaminated with .

The new technology has been developed by ARI Technologies, Inc., a company dedicated to solving environmental waste management problems. The new thermochemical conversion technique has been certified by the EPA as an alternative to asbestos disposal. According to the company web site, the process can destroy PCBs, dixoin and immobilize metals.

According to a report in the the Times Herald, at a recent town meeting in Montgomery County, Penn., ARI’s president of technologies Dale Timmons said the process “involves using heat and chemicals on a rotary hearth to convert asbestos into volcanic materials.” He said the new substance does not release harmful fibers, which is the main danger of asbestos, so that it can be used in construction aggregate.

Usually, when asbestos is crushed or otherwise disturbed, it releases microscopic fibers that can be inhaled and that lodge themselves in the body. These fibers can cause asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs, or mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, stomach or heart. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma.

The Times Herald says that while the EPA has signed off on thermochemical conversion for asbestos destruction, it is unclear at this time if the agency has given full approval for the process for asbestos removal projects.

ARI officials said the Pennsylvania project would require that between 150 and 300 tons of asbestos would need to be processed every day, 24 hours per day, to clean up the affected site, and that it would take nearly 10 years to process the estimated 3 million TONS of asbestos in the affected area, which covers three municipalities.

Asbestos handling would be conducted in an air-locked structure that would have to be built over the affected area, and the company would do constant air monitoring, the Times Herald reports. Cost would be about $135 per ton, with funds for the project likely coming from the federal government, according to the report.

Race set to raise awareness, funds for meso cure

16 Mar 2009 by under Events, News, Organizations, Research/Treatment

The Norm Kulig 2Young2Go Foundation will hold a 10k/5k run and 1 mile walk on Saturday, April 4, to raise awareness of and raise money for a cure. Proceeds from the race will go to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (). The race and related activities will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

Pre-registration online is $22, registration day of the race is $32. There also are sponsorship opportunities.

The Norm Kulig 2Young2Go Foundation is dedicated to increasing the awareness of environmental related causes of cancer, further the scientific research of such cancers and promoting the environmental cleanup of areas contaminated by cancer causing substances. The organization was founded by the siblings of Norm Kulig, who died at age 42 as a result of mesothelioma.

On its web site, the family states, “Our hope and goal is to increase awareness and provide much needed funds for a cancer that affects a large population but goes relatively unrecognized. The southeastern part of Pennsylvania was a hot bed of asbesots manufacturing for nearly 100 years. There are still significant waste deposits in the area that are in need of remediation. A strong potential currenly exists that these waste deposits may continue to infect and cause disease.”

If you cannot participate in the race, consider becoming a sponsor. You can sign up at the web site, or contact Bill Kasenchar at or call 215-313-8698.

Racing for a Cure event is this weekend!

6 Mar 2009 by under Events, News, People, Research/Treatment

thomas family 150x132 Racing for a Cure event is this weekend!This is a reminder for everyone in the Media, Pennsylvania, area that this weekend is the Racing for a Cure fund raising event where you can meet the drivers and see the cars that regularly race at the Bridgeport Speedway. The event is being organized by Bill Thomas Racing. Bill, Jr. , is a driver at Bridgeport and his dad, Bill Sr., recently was diagnosed with .

The family, including Bill Sr.’s wife (and Bill Jr.’s mom) Debbie, has dedicated the 2009 racing season to “Racing for a Cure,” with a goal of raising awareness of mesothelioma and funds for mesothelioma research. In addition to the event this weekend, which will be held at Granite Run Mall in Media, Penn., March 7 and 8, there are other sponsorship opportunities available, including placing your company name and logo on a car, driver’s racing suit, tickets and pit passes, and other race-related items and events.

Proceeds from all fund raisers will go to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF), a national non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma as a life-ending disease by funding research, helping patients find resources and treatment, and advocating for federal mesothelioma reserach funding.

Bill Thomas Racing has a new web site dedicated to the meso awareness project, at According to the site, benefits of sponsorship, in addition to media visibility and promotion, include “an opportunity to join an initiative that will really make a difference in people’s lives.”

The Racing for a Cure event this weekend will feature a “meet and greet” with drivers, race cars will be on display, and there will be a silent auction. Ms. Motorsports 2009 also will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs.

For more information about how you can sponsor the 2009 Racing for a Cure season, visit the web site, or contact Bill Thomas at 610-876-3781 or by email at

New study provides hope for mesothelioma cure

17 Feb 2009 by under News, Organizations, Research/Treatment

pennmedicine logo 150x62 New study provides hope for mesothelioma cureThe results of a recent study provide hope in the fight against mesothelioma. The research says attacking mesothelin, a protein produced by all pancreatic cancers and mesotheliomas, as well as some ovarian and non-small-cell lung cancers, may be effective in shrinking tumors.

Findings of the study, which was directed by at PENN Medicine in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, were published in the Feb. 9 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

According to a news release from PENN Medicine, the new study uses genetically engineered human T cells (immune system cells) to target human mesothelin. Previous laboratory research has shown that certain T-cells can kill tumor cells that express mesothelin, and that antibodies directed against mesothelin protein can shrink tumors.

The release quotes Dr. June, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director of Translational Research at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, as saying, “Based on the size of the tumors and the number of cells administered, we estimate that one mesothelin-targeted T cell was able to kill about 40 tumor cells.”

Clinical trials are being developed to investigate this approach to fighting tumors in patients with mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

PENN Medicine is a $3.6 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical , biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.