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Justice for Mesothelioma Sufferers Challenge

Provide much deserved relief and financial support for mesothelioma sufferers resulting from asbestos exposure in the US workplace. Read Overview...
Total Prize Amount
$25,000
Overview

We need your help to take care of those who are forgotten.

What could more precious than a human life? Unfortunately, there is an ugly history of businesses putting profit and cost-savings ahead of their own workers’ well-being. We won’t stand for that, and hope you won’t either.

Throughout the 20th century, hundreds of US firms exposed their employees to deadly asbestos in a variety of industries. Many are suffering today, unaware of the financial resources available to them for relief and support. That’s where you come in.

While some corporations have taken responsibility for their actions, others have simply disappeared or covered up their role in what is sometimes considered the largest man-made epidemic in US history.

Your challenge?

Devise a plan to locate and reach out to these victims, as the first step in providing them with the financial support that they deserve.

Beyond helping these lost victims win legal compensation for their work-related ailments, you will be bringing support, community, and awareness to sufferers globally.

This challenge will also shed light on the broader dangers of asbestos and the asbestos industry, an industry that STILL does big business in a number of developing countries including, India, Indonesia, China, Russia and Brazil.

 

A global tragedy…

Jakob migrated to New York from Poland when he was 28 years old to pursue a better future. He soon found a job working at a cardboard factory and stayed with the company for 35 years, often working extra hours. Forty years later, Jakob returned to Poland and was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of constant exposure to toxic asbestos on the job. Jakob and his family are struggling to cope with the emotional and financial hardships of his diagnosis.

Roughly 1,200 Navy Veterans, shipyard workers, or maritime workers will be diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. In an all too common military scenario, Bruce, a Navy sailor, would wake up in the morning covered in what seemed to be powdered snow; only it was not powdered snow, it was asbestos.

As many young girls do, Heather often ran to the door to greet her father with a big hug when he returned home from his job sanding drywall. In 2005 and as a new mother, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma and had to have a lung removed, rendering her unable to care for her daughter. The court that heard her lawsuit estimated that the disability caused by her mesothelioma cost her more than $5 million in lost lifetime earnings. Today, Heather is a ten-year survivor of mesothelioma and advocating for patients around the world.

 

What you can do to support mesothelioma sufferers

  • Click "ACCEPT CHALLENGE" above to register for the challenge and begin your submission. You will be notified of any status updates and be able to create an entry to the challenge when it opens.
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