Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Office of the Governor
It is my pleasure to extend my encouragement to all Pennsylvanians and
their families who are suffering from the asbestos cancer, Mesothelioma,
and to the devoted community of medical professionals, patients, and families
who strive to raise public awareness of this condition.
Mesothelioma is a disease that remains unknown to much of the public, yet
has taken the lives of all too many people right here in Pennsylvania.
Linked to significant asbestos exposure, Mesothelioma is defined by an
aggressive tumor of the lung or stomach lining and severe pain. Although
it is not widely understood, it is no less devastating.
I am greatly encouraged by the dedicated community of patients, families,
physicians, and researchers who are committed to preventing, accurately
diagnosing, and developing effective treatments for the disease. The Pennsylvania
Chapter of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) is an important
part of this effort. Their work has made a tremendous impact in the medical
community, on public awareness, and is gradually leading us closer to
a future free of Mesothelioma.
As Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I am honored to join with
the Pennsylvania Chapter of MARF and the citizens of the commonwealth
in raising awareness of Mesothelioma and to recognize September 26, 2003
as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Best wishes to those who continue to fight
the disease and to all who strive to bring health and hope to their fellow citizens.
EDWARD G. RENDELL