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(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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