WASHINGTON, D.C (July 10, 2012) – This week, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation will hold its 9th annual Meso Foundation Symposium, a conference for the mesothelioma community, including patients, families, medical experts and asbestos advocates.  The event will feature presentations by experts in the medical field, question and answer sessions, and a chance to meet elected officials who are influential in asbestos-related policy.

The three-day event kicks off Wednesday evening with a Celebration of Life memorial ceremony for family and friends who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma. The following two days will be filled with discussions on the latest medical breakthroughs, fundraising efforts and caregiving techniques.

Representatives from Baron and Budd, one of the first law firms to successfully handle a mesothelioma lawsuit, will attend the Gala Celebration of Hope Dinner Thursday, July 12. The firm is a proud sponsor of the dinner and reception. Dr. Axel Hanauske and Rich Mosca will speak at the event.

Dr. David Sugarbaker, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, will be receiving the Pioneer Award at the dinner. Dr. Sugarbaker founded the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s, one of the largest programs of its kind. The IMP offers clinical, research and support programs, with a clinical focus on developing treatments that can significantly extend the lives of mesothelioma patients. Baron and Budd was a cornerstone donor Executive Advisory Board member of the IMP.

Other awards being given are the Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award to Bonnie Anderson and the Volunteer of the Year Award to Janice Malkotsis and Erica Lacono.

The Meso Foundation, formally known as MARF, is a national non-profit organization committed to ending the suffering caused by mesothelioma.  It provides comprehensive educational, social and medical resources to patients and families with the disease, helping them to obtain the most up-to-date information on treatment options and to connect with mesothelioma treatment specialists, providing them assistance, emotional support and community with others.

To find out more about the 2012 Meso Foundation Symposium and the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, visit www.curemeso.org

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has been “Protecting What’s Right” for asbestos sufferers and their families for nearly 40 years. As one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, Baron & Budd continues to actively represent veterans, industry workers and others who are suffering as a result of exposure to asbestos. Contact Baron and Budd at 1.866.855.1229 for additional information on mesothelioma treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers and mesothelioma attorneys.