About MARF and How You Can Help
It all started in 1998 when
Roger Worthington asked some of the most prominent physicians in the country the question:
Does early stage
malignant mesothelioma improve prognosis?
Many of them could not accurately say that an early diagnosis would benefit
survival, but the common feeling among them was the need to share data
with other physicians, track patient treatments and more importantly,
find a cure.
In 1999, together with the help of Dr. Harvey Pass and Dr. Robert Cameron,
Roger Worthington founded the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
(MARF). MARF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that advocates for the
mesothelioma patient by advancing research, education and awareness.
After millions of dollars spent on expert fees and litigation, MARF was
born in attempt to unite the victims and members of industry in a fight
against the common enemy, the tumor itself.
MARF was created to:
- Elevate the needs of the patient as our top priority,
- To foster collaboration between doctors,
- To develop novel treatment strategies,
- To raise money for applied research, and
- To reverse the apathy and nihilism in the medical and patient communities.
In 1999, Owens-Corning pledged $1,000,000 dollars over the next five years
welcoming the "opportunity to work together on our common goal of
Since then, several research grants have been awarded, we have held medical
symposiums, we have advocated for a medical research program and urged
the nation’s capital to recognize mesothelioma. The battle is in
full force. Mesothelioma awareness is more than a catch phrase. We still
have a long way to go, but the distance between the doctors and finding
a cure is lessening.
To learn more about MARF and how you can get involved, contact the mesothelioma
lawyers at Worthington & Caron, PC today.