Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. Participates in Mesothelioma Awareness Day
The attorneys and staff at Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. (GPW) proudly took part in raising awareness for Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26, 2016. Employees at GPW wore blue in support of the cause and through a series of fundraising events and activities that happened throughout the week, GPW was able to raise over $2,000 to donate to the Mesothelioma Awareness Research Foundation (MARF).
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Airborne asbestos fibers can be small, sharp, nearly invisible to the naked eye, and can have devastating effects if inhaled. Asbestos fibers can become embedded in the lining of various organs. In the case of mesothelioma, asbestos fibers make their way to the pleura, (the mesothelial lining of the lungs and the chest) and the abdomen. There is no known cure for mesothelioma and the average life expectancy once one is diagnosed is 12 to 21 months. Clinical trials and new treatments offer much hope to those diagnosed with this terrible illness. Mesothelioma Awareness Day strives to educate people about the dangers of asbestos and the exposure risks.
For some of the staff members at GPW, the devastating effects of mesothelioma hits close to home as the disease impacts not only the victim, but the victim’s family members as well. “There are a few employees including myself who have lost family members to mesothelioma,” says Firm Administrator Donna Devlin. “Mesothelioma is entirely preventable, so I am extremely proud our staff was able to come together for this cause.”
National Mesothelioma Awareness Day is recognized by the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and for over 12 years MARF has raised nearly a million dollars that contribute to research and clinical trials.