The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is a group of professionals dedicated to providing resources, information, and support to individuals and families suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Our Membership Includes:
- Cancer Survivors
We Provide Free Resources to Mesothelioma Patients
As operators of the most comprehensive mesothelioma website on the Internet, Mesothelioma.com, our primary goal is to provide free, actionable resources to mesothelioma patients and their families. Some of those resources include:
- In-depth information about mesothelioma, including symptoms, treatment options, and survivor stories
- Comprehensive details about asbestos exposure, including the products, companies, and workplaces that put people at risk
- State-specific directories for doctors, cancer centers and lawyers
- A free guide for those diagnosed with mesothelioma
- Free legal case reviews for those affected by mesothelioma
As Featured On
Our Community Outreach Team works with a broad range of media outlets – from major newspapers to niche influential bloggers – to spread mesothelioma awareness. A handful of the many articles written about us have appeared in:
Meet Our Team
Our team is committed to providing relevant, timely, and actionable information about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer. We are grateful to serve in this way and will continue to honor our commitment to being the web's most trusted asbestos and mesothelioma information resource.
Editor in Chief
Linda has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and advocate for mesothelioma patients and a ban on asbestos. She has held a number of roles for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, today she oversees the development and publication of timely and factual information on Mesothelioma.com, with the goal of providing a comprehensive repository of information about mesothelioma and the risks of asbestos exposure, as well as providing help to those who are looking to connect with a doctor, treatment center, or legal representation. Linda has previously held senior management positions at Travelers Insurance and General Electric. She is a graduate of the Travelers Financial Management Development Program and GE's Six Sigma Black Belt Program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Medical Reviewer and Contributor
As a contributor to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog since 2015, Dr. Bueno shares his insights, research findings, and perspectives on patient care with the mesothelioma community. Dr. Bueno has written or co-written more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, nearly half of them related to mesothelioma cases or research. He currently serves as Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Vice Chair of Surgery for Cancer and Translational Research at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Bueno is the Program and Research Director of the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School—a world renowned program focusing on mesothelioma research initiatives, innovative treatment options, and the care of patients with mesothelioma. He is also a member of the Dana-Farber/Havard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) Lung Cancer Program, which conducts research on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and therapy of cancers affecting the lungs. Learn more about Dr. Raphael Bueno.
Author and Surgical Oncologist
As an author for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, Dr. James Pingpank shares his expertise of mesothelioma with patients, loved ones and the larger community. Dr. Pingpank is an expert in treating peritoneal mesothelioma and other abdominal malignancies, with a particular clinical interest in improving the effects of surgery and a heated chemotherapy treatment, HIPEC, for mesothelioma. He has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles for medical journals, many of which focus on emerging treatments for mesothelioma. Dr. Pingpank currently serves as a surgical oncologist at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, as well as an associate professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more about Dr. James Pingpank.
Mesothelioma Survivor and Advocate
Heather Von St. James was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma at the age of 36. She underwent a relatively new surgical procedure called extrapleural pneumonectomy to treat the disease. Today, she is an eleven year mesothelioma cancer survivor, and provides unending inspiration to mesothelioma victims around the globe. She carries out her mission to be a beacon of hope for those afflicted with mesothelioma by sharing her story of faith, love and courage both as a keynote speaker at conferences and through social media forums.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Cohn joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2012 to shed light on the people affected by the asbestos industry through their struggles with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Gary won his Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism with colleague Will Englund in 1998 while at the Baltimore Sun for a series of articles about the dangers of asbestos exposure faced by shipyard workers who dismantled old warships. Other awards include two Selden Ring Awards for investigative reporting, the IRE Medal, a George Polk Award, Sigma Delta Chi’s first prize for investigative reporting, a National Press Club award, a Barlett and Steele award for investigative business journalism, an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and two Overseas Press Club Awards. He was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1996 and 2001, the latter for his reporting on the relationship between university drug studies and funding by big pharmaceutical companies. Gary has served as the Atwood Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg News, among others.
Legal Advisor and Contributor
Jennifer Lucarelli is a partner at the law firm of Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, specializing in asbestos litigation. Jennifer works with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance as a legal advisor, reviewer for legal content, and blog contributor. Throughout her career, Jennifer has provided legal counsel to more than 1,000 mesothelioma survivors and family members, including hundreds of cases involving veterans and former shipyard workers, helping them to secure some of the largest financial settlements in the country. She also has experience helping people exposed to asbestos in a variety of trade settings, including automotive repair, agriculture, construction, carpentry, railroads, pipefitting, plumbing, insulation installation, and many other areas. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Notre Dame School of Law, Jennifer has a thorough understanding and appreciation for the legal and medical aspects of asbestos litigation. As part of her ongoing dedication to helping people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, she monitors the latest treatment options and clinical trials and maintains connections with top medical centers and doctors specializing in mesothelioma treatment. Jennifer is admitted to the state bars of Connecticut and New York, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and she serves as a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the New York State Bar Association.
Patient Support Coordinator
Annette Charlevois has worked with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance for over a decade and a half, helping mesothelioma patients and loved ones find the resources they need for medical treatment and legal rights. As a senior paralegal at Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen, Annette is the first person at the law firm that many mesothelioma clients connect with, and her extensive knowledge about mesothelioma cancer has made her an invaluable resource for hundreds of mesothelioma patients and their families. Annette has attended numerous conferences focusing on mesothelioma treatment and awareness, and she has lobbied in Washington, D.C., for federal funding to support mesothelioma treatment research. Before joining the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, Annette worked in litigation on behalf of individuals who suffered from severe side effects of prescription drugs.
Senior Communications Specialist
As a Communications Specialist, Lauren works to raise awareness for mesothelioma in the hopes of reaching those who have been exposed to get the health and financial benefits afforded to them. Currently, Lauren helps to create and enact outreach strategies to build relationships with other organizations to bring awareness to and advocate for people with mesothelioma. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oswego State University.
Political and Environmental Correspondent
Award-winning journalist Gino Geruntino has worked for nearly a decade in the reporting field, covering stories impacting the lives of everyday Americans and their families. A political junkie and green thumb at heart, Gino’s wealth of experience, curious nature and passion for storytelling gives him a unique point of view that offers insight and perspective into today’s pressing issues. A 2011 graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, Gino holds a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism, and has been featured on commercial radio and NPR stations across New York State and the country.
Cassie combines her background in digital media and marketing with an affinity for health and social advocacy to educate others on mesothelioma cancer. She utilizes community outreach to connect with organizations with similar values, while acting as a voice for those unknowingly exposed to asbestos. In her role she works to provide support for the mesothelioma community, while advocating for a ban on asbestos use worldwide. Cassie holds a B.M. degree from Syracuse University.
Senior Content Writer
Equipped with a passion for writing, Emily Clemens is devoted to bringing awareness to mesothelioma through her role as Senior Content Writer. Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and since then has written for a variety of online publications. With a particular interest in the health space, Emily has delved into a variety of health-related topics with a focus on mesothelioma and through her writing hopes to collect the latest information on asbestos and mesothelioma, and transform her research into a resource for those looking to learn more about the disease.
Senior Content Writer
Tara Strand is a contributing writer for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at Mesothelioma.com web site. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science in Marketing Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Tara's strong background in business, marketing and research makes her a valuable resource for developing fresh and informative content for the Asbestos Exposure section of the web site.
As a contributing writer for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at Mesothelioma.com web site, Lauren is responsible for researching and writing new content for the Mesothelioma Treatment section of the web site. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and English from the University of Connecticut and a Master's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport. Lauren brings a depth of research and writing experience to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance which allows her to develop fresh, accurate and informative content for readers.
Robert Kovach is the web developer and technical coordinator for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at Mesothelioma.com web site. Robert holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. If you encounter any difficulties viewing the information on our Web site or completing any of the forms please contact our technical support staff.
We Support these Organizations
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is part of the larger community dedicated to promoting mesothelioma research and preventing new cases through a worldwide asbestos ban. We work with and donate to the following organizations whose missions complement our own.
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Work With Us
Do you want to help cancer patients and work toward a ban of asbestos? Then let’s work together!
Some of the people we work with include:
- Medical Practitioners and Researchers
- Cancer Survivors and Caregivers
- Speakers and Advocates
- Journalists and Bloggers
- Online Influencers (social media, YouTube, etc.)
If you are as passionate as we are about spreading awareness of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure, connect with our outreach team.
Each semester (fall and spring), the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance awards $4,000 to a student whose life has been impacted by cancer. This scholarship helps those who have had cancer or had a close relative diagnosed with cancer by reducing the financial burden of pursuing a degree that will help them and their loved ones.
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship was first announced in 2014, with the first scholarships awarded for the 2015 school year. The scholarship program was created in honor of mesothelioma survivor and advocate, Heather Von St. James, and her husband Cameron, who enrolled in college after Heather's diagnosis. As of the 2018 school year, the scholarship has been awarded to eight deserving students.See Scholarship Details and Apply.
Sponsorship and Other Information
All editorial content on this website is based on thorough research; however, unless otherwise noted, it was not prepared or reviewed by a medical professional. This site is informative in nature and the site's information is designed to support, but not replace, the relationship that exists between visitors and their physician.
Printed materials available through this web site (including but not limited to customized mesothelioma information, legal, and treatment guide packets) are prepared and authored jointly by employees of The Law Forum, LLC and the Law Firm of James F. Early, LLC.
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance does not support or endorse any company or commercial business displayed through the service directories. The information contained herein is free of charge and is provided expressly as a service to the public.
Mesothelioma.com is owned, funded and operated by the Law Forum, LLC. This website's content is authored and edited by professional medical writers, web copywriters, and representatives of The Law Forum, LLC. Some of the promotional content within the Mesothelioma Lawyer section of this website was provided by James F. Early, LLC.
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance does not participate in any advertising networks or host any forms of external advertising.
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Editorial Guidelines
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance works hard to offer current, factual information about mesothelioma cancer and the risks of asbestos exposure. We have created our editorial guidelines to facilitate our goal of providing reliable and scientifically backed information on mesothelioma.
Learn more about our editorial guidelines.
Author: Linda Molinari
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