Simmons Donates $350,000 to University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Mesothelioma Program

The Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation has announced that it will be making a sizable donation to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute over the next three years to help fund research being conducted to improve the lives of mesothelioma patients and their families.

The donation made by the foundation will total $350,000 and be made specifically to the UPCI’s Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program to help enhance its abilities to treat and tend to patients suffering from the deadly asbestos-related disease.

“The Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation is excited to partner with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in this unique opportunity to further expand mesothelioma research and treatment options,” said Joy Wheeler, director of the foundation. “We’re pleased to support UPCI’s efforts to lessen the burden of this terrible disease on patients and families across the country.”

The Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation was founded in 2010 through a pledge by the Simmons Firm, a national law firm specializing in mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease lawsuits. The Simmons Firm is a co-counsel of Sokolove Law.

The UPCI is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in western Pennsylvania and is well known for its innovative forms of cancer prevention, diagnosis, care, treatment, and support methods. The institute works in tandem with UPMC Cancer Centers, which provide care to 30,000 patients annually.

“We are incredibly thankful for the generous gift from the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation to expand our program, which will positively impact the lives of so many people diagnosed with mesothelioma and their families,” added Dr. David Bartlett, chief of the division of surgical oncology at the UPMC Cancer Centers.

Living with the day-to-day hardships of mesothelioma – whether it is you or a loved one who has been diagnosed with the illness – is both emotionally and financially taxing for all who are involved. If you feel that a company or former employer may be responsible for the asbestos exposure that led to an illness, contact a mesothelioma attorney to learn about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.