September 26th marks New York’s celebration of Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2010. The organizing committee has invited all New Yorkers to be a part of this much anticipated event, helping to raise awareness about this deadly disease and hope for a cure.
Because the National Mesothelioma Awareness Day Bill is soon to be passed, this year’s Mesothelioma Awareness Day is expected to be momentous and will have a rousing effect on the masses. Apart from radio play requests and proclamations, a 14×6 banner will be displayed in the heart of New York City raising awareness about Mesothelioma, a disease primarily caused by exposure to the deadly silicate mineral, asbestos. A portion of the banner will be used to play videos. The primary purpose of displaying the banner is to raise awareness by visually addressing the thousands of people living in and also visiting New York. The Mesothelioma Applied Research foundation will be using the display windows at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, donated by EHE International, to display their banner to make people aware of this deadly disease.
As part of the day’s festivities, the Today Show’s Sunday edition will have the same theme of raising awareness about mesothelioma. Those visiting the Today Show are encouraged to create their own, attention-grabbing signs based on the theme ‘Mesothelioma Awareness’. The signs should be informational in nature.
Efforts will be made to allow more people to participate in the show and spread awareness about the deadly disease that is caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma symptoms take around 30-40 years to appear. Once a person is diagnosed with the disease, he faces a survival prognosis of less than 25 months. Hence, awareness about this deadly disease and its principal cause, asbestos exposure, is vital.