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Published:April 10th, 2006 08:56 EST
New York Volunteer Chapter of Marf to Hold First Annual

New York Volunteer Chapter of Marf to Hold First Annual

By SOP newswire

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NEW YORK VOLUNTEER CHAPTER OF MARF TO HOLD FIRST ANNUAL

“5K WALK FOR HOPE

MERRICK, NY: The New York Volunteer Chapter of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) will hold the first annual “5K Walk for Hope” on April 23, 2006 at 10am in Eisenhower Park, located in East Meadow, NY. All proceeds will go to MARF, a 501 (c) (3) organization that has awarded $3 million in grants for mesothelioma research since 2000.

Mesothelioma is an extremely rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and most often affects the lungs, although it can also invade the stomach and groin areas. In the United States, 2,500 to 4,000 patients are diagnosed with mesothelioma annually, yet the disease has yet to find the national spotlight for research and funding.

The 9/11 tragedy in New York demonstrates the continued, long-term threat of mesothelioma. Estimates of the amount of asbestos destroyed in the terrorist attack in Manhattan range as high as 1,000 tons. The impact pulverized this asbestos into tiny, microscopic fibers to which the firefighters, rescue workers, and other heroes of 9/11 were exposed, as well as workers, residents, and school children who returned to the area in the weeks and months following. After mesothelioma’s long latency period, which is 15-50 years, the risk of cancer among those most heavily exposed could reach as high as one in ten.

Registration for “5K Walk for Hope” is $15. Those who are interested in participating should contact Janice Malkotsis at (917) 751-2776. For more information about MARF, please visit www.marf.org.