Events archive

Thank you to all who helped to raise funds for Mission for Meso 2021

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Heidi Von Palleske, Canadian actor, writer, and poet urges you to help CMF.

Again this year, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation isn't able to hold its usual in-person event or conference. We rely on online fundraising to support mesothelioma patients and their families and to help find a cure. This year's online fundraiser, Mission for Meso, was a big success with more participants and more donors than ever! Thank you for your continuing support of the CMF! 

Actor Heidi von Palleske kindly joined the CMF and promoted the campaign. Thank you Heidi! and thank you to all who took part and, most importantly, to all of our donors and supporters! Click here to see Heidi's video.

2021 National Day of Mourning

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The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation pays tribute to the National Day of Mourning.  The Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on many buildings across Canada. We join all Canadians in remembering and honouring the lives of workers who have lost their lives on the job.

The National Day of Mourning was first recognized by the Canadian Labour of Congress in 1984 as a day to "mourn the dead and fight for the living." The Day of Mourning is now observed in more than 100 countries around the world.

Over the last year, the pandemic has increased on-the-job risks for most frontline workers but, Canadians also continue to be exposed to asbestos - mostly through construction workplace exposure with those who maintain, renovate, and demolish older buildings containing asbestos.

The late Joe RosslerClick here to read about Joe Rossler, mourned by his family and friends and shared by his daughter, Karen, who recently lost her father to mesothelioma. 

Also find attached more information on where to find local National Day of Mourning events.

What's New In: Mesothelioma, CMF and Lung Cancer Canada co-host webinar for patients and caregivers

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webinar promoThe CMF proudly co-hosted a May 27th webinar with Lung Cancer Canada.  Dr. Quincy Chu from our Board of Directors and Dr. Anna Nowak, from Australia both took part in the webinar for patients and caregivers on what is new in mesothelioma. 

View the informative webinar anytime.  Here is the link:

Thank you! Mission for Meso fundraising success!

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Thank you to everyone who participated or donated to our Mission for Meso motivational challenge-based fundraiser.  Together we raised over $30,000!

Check out one of our hardest working teams, the Bicep-Busting Boardleys. You can see them in action on the CMF's youtube channel

Because of the pandemic, we were unable to hold our annual fundraising event or hold  our conference on mesothelioma.  We rely solely on the funds raised to fund all our supports for Canadians affected by mesothelioma. Now more than ever your donation makes a difference!  It’s never too late donate!

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

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Image of father and son in race start position

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!

Cancer and COVID-19 webinar series

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The Canadian Cancer Society has created a webinar series on COVID-19 and cancer to offer support and information to people with cancer and their caregivers, family and friends. Each webinar is presented by an expert speaker and addresses a central question about managing cancer needs during this time of COVID-19. Topics include:

  • Cancer and COVID-19: Exercise for people with cancer and their families during COVID-19 (Length: 48 minutes)
  • End-of-life and palliative care in the time of COVID-19 (Length: 17 minutes)
  • COVID-19 and cancer treatment (Length: 45 minutes)
  • Cancer and COVID-19: Staying safe (Length: 21 minutes)
  • Coping with cancer and COVID-19 (Length: 25 minutes)
  • COVID-19 and cancer patients (Length: 13 minutes)

For more information and to watch a webinar:

Mesothelioma: from today's challenges to tomorrow's cure

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Dr. Dean Fennell gives keynote speech to conference on mesothelioma


Dr. Dean Fennell gives keynote speech at mesothelioma conference

The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation hosted a successfull all-day conference on mesothelioma on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto followed by pre-screening reception and the Canadian debut of “Breathless” by Belgian filmmaker Daniel Lambo
“Following the deaths of his father and many others from his village, filmmaker Daniel Lambo sets off on a passionate quest to find the truth about the deadly asbestos industry.”
Introduction by Daniel Lambo and Eric Jonckheere, whose family’s story is featured in the film, followed by Q&A



Enlightenment, a reception to raise funds for CMF, was a success!

Toronto star article

It was a wonderful evening on Sunday, October 21 at "Enlightenment, a reception to raise funds for the CMF." Guests enjoyed Celebrity "Love It or List It" Co-Hosts Hilary Farr and David Visentin, speeches from The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport and Jerry Dias, President of Unifor, and Gina Godfrey, Honorary Chair of Enlightenment. The event was well attended with gourmet food stations, live music, a silent auction, and an amazing grand prize draw all in a beautiful setting and for a good cause.

CMF Fundraising Reception, Sunday, October 21, 2018


Enlightenment, a Fundraising Reception for CMF, Honorary Chair Gina Godfrey was held on Sunday, October 21st, 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Estates of Sunnybrook, Vaughan Estate, 80 Armistice Drive, Toronto

Celebrity co-hosts are Love It or List It's Hilary Farr and David Visentin. Live music, gourmet food stations, delicious appetizers, bar, exciting auction and so much more. A big thank you to our generous sponsors: Postmedia, Unifor, General Presidents' Maintenance Committee for Canada, LiUNA, Motley Rice LLC, Atherton Law Firm, WCB Nova Scotia, WCB of Prince Edward Island and WorkSafeNB, WorkSafeBC, Boehringer Ingelheim, Insulators Local 95, Shane Baghai Inc., The Linda Frum & Howard Sokolowski Charitable Foundation and EES Financial Ltd.  See pictures from Enlightenment event click here









The Linda Frum & Howard Sokolowski Charitable Foundation

EES Financial Ltd.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26th

Danger of Asbestos

Be aware! The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation joins mesothelioma organizations around the world today to mark Mesothelioma Awareness day on this September 26th. Far too many have been exposed to asbestos and later developed this devastating cancer. And far too many continue to be exposed to asbestos. The CMF continues to raise awareness of the dangers of exposure to asbestos.