SOURCE: Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

June 02, 2016 16:30 ET

Comedian, Quincy Jones, Raises Awareness of Mesothelioma With HBO Comedy Special

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the National 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization Dedicated to Eradicating Mesothelioma Gives Standing Ovation to Quincy Jones, a Mesothelioma Survivor, and to HBO for Increasing Visibility of Mesothelioma Through the Comedy Special Airing Tonight, June 2

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - June 02, 2016) - The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma, gives standing ovation to Quincy Jones, a mesothelioma survivor whose one-hour comedy special will be airing tonight, June 2, on HBO.

Last year, Mr. Jones, a comedian, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of organs, such as lung, heart, or as in his case, of the abdomen. His doctors gave him a year to live. Faced with such dire news, Mr. Jones wished to leave a mark through his craft of comedy. His goal was to tape a one-hour comedy special before his death.

Within hours of the campaign going live, he was able to raise all the funds necessary, and with his appearance on Ellen, HBO was quickly persuaded to air his special.

"Once his Kickstarter campaign went viral and news outlets began coverage of his feat, the media couldn't get enough," said Maja Belamaric, director of communications at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

"Suddenly, mesothelioma, was being talked about in the news. This kind of attention is very useful because it allows us the opportunity to educate the public about this cancer," she added.

Mesothelioma, sometimes referred to as meso or mesothelioma cancer, is a form of cancer most often associated with asbestos exposure. Prognosis is generally poor, with less than 10% of mesothelioma patients living beyond five years after diagnosis. However, for patients treated by specialists and those who participate in clinical trials, survival can deviate considerably from the statistical median.

"Though mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer, it does not mean that there are not some patients who are successfully treated and go on to live good lives without disease or actually live good lives with disease," said Mary Hesdorffer, executive director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and expert nurse practitioner.

ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation funds mesothelioma research; provides patient support services and education; and advocates Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer-reviewed scientific research to develop life-saving treatments for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $9.4 million to research. More information is available at www.curemeso.org.

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