To promote better awareness

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Sept. 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Kentucky and the nation. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation selected this date and encourages Congress, states and cities to acknowledge it. We cooperate with the Meso Foundation in memory of our younger son, Todd Hall (1967-2006), who was a victim of this rare and deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

When we learned that former Kentucky state representative Ron Cyrus had died of mesothelioma, we thought the Kentucky legislature might honor his memory by officially recognize Mesothelioma Awareness Day.   

We initiated the action, and KY SB62 passed in April 2010. SB62 reads, in part, “The Governor shall proclaim Sept. 26 of each year as ‘Mesothelioma Awareness Day’ and shall encourage Kentuckians to support research into effective treatments and early detection methods.”

Asbestos is present in most old buildings, and everyone is at risk. Persons who have not worked in an asbestos industry can be exposed, as well as veterans, carpenters, automotive mechanics, etc.  

Asbestos was released into the air in the 9/11 World Trade Center attack and continues to be released when old buildings are destroyed by storms, fires and other disturbances.   

The latency for mesothelioma can be up to 50 years following exposure.  

There is no test to determine if we have been exposed or if we are susceptible to developing mesothelioma. The victim doesn’t know until the symptoms begin.  

The only hope is for awareness and research for earlier detection, better treatments and a cure.

— Paul and Yvonne Hall, Lexington

Parents of mesothelioma victim, Todd Hall (1967-2006)