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Introduced Version Senate Resolution 48 History

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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 48

(By Senators Hall, Kessler (Mr. President), Klempa, Laird, Prezioso, Foster, Stollings and Chafin)

 

Designating September 26, 2012, as “Mesothelioma Awareness Day”.

    Whereas, Mesothelioma is an aggressive, asbestos-related cancer that affects the linings of the lungs, abdomen, heart or testicles; and

    Whereas, The heavy use of asbestos in manufacturing, industry and construction has been recognized as the worst occupational health disaster in United States history; and

    Whereas, Asbestos was used in the construction of virtually all office buildings, public schools, and homes built before 1975; and

    Whereas, A high percentage of all mesothelioma victims were exposed to asbestos on naval ships and in shipyards; and

    Whereas, This is now believed to include many of the firefighters, police officers, and rescue workers from Ground Zero on 9/11/01; and

    Whereas, Exposure to asbestos for as little as one month can result in mesothelioma 30 years later; and

    Whereas, Because of occupational, Navy-service related, household, or even incidental exposures and the very long latency of the disease, tens of millions of Americans are now at risk for developing mesothelioma; and

    Whereas, For decades the need for research to develop effective treatments for mesothelioma was overlooked; and

    Whereas, The result of this neglect is that treatments available today generally have only limited effect and most patients die within only 12 to 15 months from diagnosis; and

    Whereas, In 1999, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation was formed to eradicate the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma, and early progress in developing effective treatments for the disease is now being made; and

    Whereas, The establishment of Mesothelioma Awareness Day would raise public awareness of the disease and of the need to develop effective treatments for it; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby designates September 26, 2012, as “Mesothelioma Awareness Day”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Senate invites all members of the West Virginia Legislature and all citizens of West Virginia to join in recognizing September 26, 2012, as “Mesothelioma Awareness Day”; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

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