This weekend, Senator Max Baucus, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Montana, received the Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award in recognition of his efforts helping the victims of the asbestos disaster in Libby, MT, as well as the larger fight against mesothelioma.
Presented by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the award is presented to individuals who “have worked to bring the plight of asbestos victims and the dangers of asbestos exposure to the forefront of both the political and public arena.” The award is named after Bruce Vento, who was a member of the House of Representatives from Minnesota for 23 years before succumbing to mesothelioma in 2000.
Senator Baucus was honored for his continued support for victims of asbestos-related diseases, as well as championing numerous initiatives that range from the clean-up of Libby to researching a cure for mesothelioma. Senator Baucus annually promotes the designation of a week in April as National Asbestos Awareness Week and was a key author of this year’s Health Care Reform bill, pushing through an extra provision that gave Medicare coverage to Libby residents affected by the disaster, regardless of age.
Senator Baucus represents the type of political champion Ban Asbestos Now! needs. Not only has he fought for his constituents and helped those living with mesothelioma, but set an example for the level of funding, awareness and research we need across the board.
Please take a moment to sign a letter to Congress urging them to follow Senator Baucus’ lead, help squash mesothelioma and Ban Asbestos Now!