Welcome to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Founded in 2008, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a largely volunteer-run registered charity, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. The CMF supports mesothelioma patients and their families, as well as the development of a network of expertise in mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada. Learn more about us here.

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Bienvenue à la Fondation Canadienne du Mésothéliome

Fondée en 2008, La Fondation Canadienne du Mesotheliome est un organisme de bien faisance enregistré en grande partie géré par des bénévoles, dédié à la sensibilisaton et la comprehension sur le mésothéliome au Canada. Le mésothéliome est un cancer rare qui est presque exclusivement liée à l’exposition à l’amiante. La FCM soutient les patients de mésothéliome et leurs familles, ainsi que le développement d’un réseau d’expertise dans le diagnostique, les traitements, et les soins de mésothéliome à travers le Canada. Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici

Mesothelioma Awareness Day, September 26th

September 26th, 2020 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The incidence of mesothelioma, a rare aggressive cancer, continues to rise in Canada and around the world. It is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos-related diseases are the number one cause of workplace death in Canada. Although asbestos is largely banned in Canada, it remains in old homes and office buildings; it doesn't just go away. We need your support to fight this terrible disease - to help raise awareness of the dangers of exposure to asbestos and to help us support those affected by mesothelioma. 

One simple and fun way you can help support the CMF is by challenging and motivating yourself, or your team, to achieve something great! Through to September 26, Mesothelioma Awareness Day, join us on a Mission for Meso. Here's how it works: you will complete your Mission based on the amount of money you raise. So, for example, if your Mission is to complete one push up for every dollar you raise, and you raise $200 dollars, you will complete 200 push ups over the course of the campaign! Through your own fundraising page, you can post photos or videos of you completing your Mission and letting everyone know you’re supporting the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation! Join us as an individual or create your own team - we can't wait to follow your progress!

Mission for Meso: we're so close to reaching our goal!

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Thank you to everyone who has joined or donated to our Mission for Meso motivational challenge-based fundraiser so far! Just a more days to go, we've raised Over $20,000 - which puts us within reach of our $25,000 goal! Now more than ever your donation can make the difference between reaching our goal and falling short!  And, to those of you who've accepted the challenge, we hope you are not only getting fit, but also having fun in the process! If you haven't yet joined the Mission but want to, there's still time to define your Mission and sign up as an individual or a team. Please sign up or donate today!

To help inspire you, check out the progress of one of our teams, the Bicep-Busting Boardleys, who've committed to doing one sit up, push up, jumping jack, squat or burpee for every dollar they raise. You can see them in action on the CMF's youtube channel.


Launch of Mission for Meso: CMF Fundraising Challenge 2020! August 17 - September 26

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Like many other Canadian health charities, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (CMF) has been hit hard by the global pandemic.  It is a challenging time right now for all of us, but we also know that there is a huge desire within the community to help, and to find creative ways to raise funds and make a difference in the lives of mesothelioma patients and their caregivers!  And what better way to make a difference than through a motivational challenge based fundraiser event like Mission for Meso: CMF Fundraising Challenge 2020

Mission for Meso is not your average fundraiser!  It is a simple and fun way to help raise pledges for the CMF by challenging and motivating yourself, or your team, to achieve something great!  Through to September 26, Mesothelioma Awareness Day, you will complete your “Mission for Meso” based on the amount of money you raise.  So for example, if your Mission is to complete one push up for every dollar you raise, and you raise $200 dollars, you will complete 200 push ups over the course of the campaign!  Through your own fundraising page you can post photos or videos of you completing your Mission and letting everyone know you’re supporting the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation!  Please consider supporting the CMF by participating in our fundraiser, or by donating to the cause. For more information about the campaign, how to register or donate,  and for more Mission for Meso fundraising ideas please check out our FAQ below and our campaign webpage here.  Over the course of the campaign, we invite you to follow the progress of our “Return of the Meso-thoners” team, which includes a number of CMF volunteers and their families!    We hope you will join us!


Thank you Motley Rice LLC, Atherton Law Firm, Miskin Law, Insulators Local 95, The Linda Frum & Howard Sokolowski Charitable Foundation, BC Building Trades Council and EES Financial Ltd.!



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Motley Rice LLC also stepped up with a very generous donation.  We are tremendously grateful for their continued, kindhearted support.





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Atherton Law Firm has very generously donated once again to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation.  We are very grateful for Atherton Law Firm’s unwavering, continued support during these difficult times.


Miskin Law has stepped up once again with a very generous donation to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation.  We are very grateful for Miskin Law's continuing support. 


And thank you to the Insulators Local 95 for their generous donation and whose support we value tremendously and can always count on! 

Thank you to the BC and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council!

Thank you to The Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski Charitable Foundation and EES Financial Ltd. for their continued support!

These donations will help us continue to support those affected by mesothelioma. The pandemic has prevented the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation from holding our usual fundraising events.  This has had a devastating affect on our fundraising efforts. Please consider helping us continue our work. Donate now.  We can't do it without you!  



Breaking News: Johnson & Johnson to End Talc-Based Baby Powder Sales in North America

"The company has faced thousands of lawsuits from cancer patients who claim that its talc was contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen, and that the company knew of the risks."

    - By Tiffany Hsu and in the New York Times, May 19th, 2020

In a developing story, the New York Times is reporting that Johnson & Johnson announced today (May 19, 2020) that it is discontinuing North American sales of baby powder made with talc. According to the article, Johnson & Johnson "would wind down sales over the next few months, allowing existing bottles to be sold by retailers until they run out. Baby powder made with cornstarch will remain available, and talc-based baby powder will continue to be sold in other parts of the world."

To read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/business/johnson-baby-powder-sales-stopped.html

Johnson & Johnson's consumer announcement can be read in full here: https://www.jnj.com/our-company/johnson-johnson-consumer-health-announces-discontinuation-of-talc-based-johnsons-baby-powder-in-u-s-and-canada

The CMF will continue to monitor this story and will publish updates as they emerge.

The Star and The Record publish "The Uncounted", a 6-part series of investigative reports on occupational disease in Canada

"Many Canadians work their entire adult lives assuming if they become sick because of their job, they and their families will be taken care of. For the thousands of people who do develop an occupational disease each year, the reality is very different."

            From the Introduction to "The Uncounted", by reporter Greg Mercer

On May 8th, The Star and The Record published "The Uncounted", a series of six investigative reports written by reporter Greg Mercer on the toll of occupational disease in Canada. CMF Board Chair Dr Eudice Goldberg is quoted in Part 2: Prevention and Part 6: Compensation. CMF Board Member Alec Farquar is quoted in Part 2: Prevention. The work of CMF Scientific Advisory Committee member Dr Paul Demers (Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre) is cited throughout and he is quoted in Part 1: Statistics, Part 3: Regulations, and Part 4: Diagnosis.

To view each of the reports, click on the links below:

Upcoming international conferences

The following international conferences are scheduled to take place in 2021:

The 15th Meeting of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig 2020) will take place in Brisbane, Australia, March 17-20, 2021. For more information: https://imig2021.org/

The International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, originally scheduled to take place in San Antonio, Texas, April 6-7, 2020, has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced. For more information: https://www.curemeso.org/get-involved/attend-conferences-and-events/symposium/

The World Conference on Lung Cancer will take place in Singapore, January 26-29, 2021. The call for abstracts has been extended to August 28, 2020. For more information: https://wclc2020.iaslc.org/.

The XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work has been rescheduled to take place in Toronto, Canada, September 19-22, 2021. For more information: https://www.safety2021canada.com/

CMF online support groups for patients & caregivers

An important objective of our organisation is to support the emotional health of patients living with mesothelioma, as well as the people that care for them.  Currently, we offer a number of private, invite-only Facebook groups for mesothelioma patients, loved ones and bereaved to connect with one another, share experiences and seek support from others in similar situations.  

To join one of our groups, please follow these steps: