Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) was formed in late 1999 to restore hope and end the misery for mesothelioma patients and their families. Our mission is to eradicate mesothelioma as a life-ending disease through research, education and awareness. We are accomplishing this by collaborating with doctors, scientists, asbestos trial lawyers and manufacturers, labor unions, drug companies, the Government, and mesothelioma patients and family members themselves. These parties may be divided on various issues, but one thing is certain: patients diagnosed with this terrible tumor will not have a realistic hope for a cure until we commit the research money necessary to find a cure.

How Do We End The Apathy?

The resources to find a cure are available. Millions of dollars are spent every year on asbestos litigation and lobbying. Would not at least some of this money be better invested in finding a cure? There are intelligent and passionate doctors and scientists who believe that a cure can be found. The Federal Government budgets millions of dollars for cancer research; more of this can be invested in helping our Navy veterans win the battle against mesothelioma.

It is a question of will and funding. MARF unites all the interested parties with one goal: to find a cure and stop the pointless suffering. MARF's science advisors have faith that the tumor does have an Achilles' heel; it is only a matter of finding it.

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» Recent News

Raising Hope - $500,000 Awarded for New Research to Cure Asbestos-Related Cancer
28 Jan 04 | Chris Hahn, Executive Director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, MARF, faced a difficult but welcome challenge. Mesothelioma is a lethal, severely painful asbestos-related cancer that afflicts about 3,000 Americans every year.

Research Interest in Asbestos-Related Cancer Intensifies
08 Oct 03 | Few Americans, other than those directly affected, have heard of mesothelioma. When the asbestos-related cancer does make news, it usually is grim.

First Ever Independent Mesothelioma Research Grants Awarded Today
15 Nov 00 | A bold and new beginning for individuals and families burdened with the orphan disease mesothelioma was announced today. Mesothelioma is a usually fatal cancer of the linings of the chest and abdomen.

Congressman Bruce Vento’s Cause of Death Clarified
13 Oct 00 | Bruce Vento, a popular, 23 year Congressman from Minnesota, died from what the press widely reported as "lung cancer." Today, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation issued a statement clarifying that the cancer was malignant mesothelioma.

Congressman Bruce Vento Joins Nonprofit Foundation Dedicated to Eradicating Mesothelioma
11 Sep 00 | The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) announced today that Congressman Bruce Vento has agreed to join its Board of Directors. Congressman Vento was diagnosed in January with mesothelioma.



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