Asbestos victims and their families will be attending Action Mesothelioma Day in various cities across the country today, Friday 5th July. Each year on the first Friday in July, hundreds of people gather in cities across the UK to raise awareness for mesothelioma, to call for better treatment and care for mesothelioma patients, for prevention of exposure to asbestos and to ban the export of asbestos to developing third world countries.
One of the regional events is taking place at Liverpool Town Hall and is hosted by Cheshire & Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Groups. Victims and families affected by asbestos diseases will take part in a dove release at 12 noon in a public act of remembrance and commemoration to all those victims who have died or who are suffering from an asbestosis related disease. The dove release will take place in Exchange Flags (behind the Town Hall) and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Mayor of Halton, and Mr Steve Rotheram MP will all be attending.
Children from Great Crosby Catholic Primary School will be taking part in the release of the sponsored doves, representing “tomorrow’s workers” and highlighting the continuing importance of health and safety in the workplace. All proceeds raised on the day will be donated to the June Hancock and Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Funds which are dedicated to finding a cure for Mesothelioma.
Guest speakers at Action Mesothelioma Day 2013 include Dr. Chris Warburton (Clinical Director/Consultant Respiratory Physician at Aintree Chest Centre) who will talk about the health effects of Mesothelioma, Nurse Kay Kennedy (Specialist Lung Cancer Nurse at Arrowe Park Hospital) who will describe the role of respiratory nurses and the services they can provide to patients and their families and Dr. Daniel Sterman (Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Centre, USA) who will explain his research in to diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary diseases and current work of conducting clinical trials in a variety of therapies for Mesothelioma patients.
It promises, as ever, to be a poignant yet thought provoking and memorable event.
This year’s event will also be focusing on the “100% Justice” campaign. In light of the new proposed “Mesothelioma Bill” Asbestos Victims Support Groups throughout the UK are asking the government to not short change Mesothelioma victims from a newly proposed compensation scheme. The new legislation will force the insurance industry to pay victims whose employers' policies cannot be traced.
By Personal Injury Solicitor Tracey Graham.
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