A Longmont, Colorado mayor has announced that he will sign a proclamation on September 26 to declare Mesothelioma Awareness Day in that city. Mayor Dennis Coombs plans to present the proclamation to Tiffany Schreiber, a 36-year-old Denver resident who was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day was established in 2004 by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (the Meso Foundation) and due to their hard work and diligence, has been recognized on a national level with proclamations by both the U.S. Senate at the House of Representatives. The announcement out of Colorado is a big win for the mesothelioma community as they try to spread awareness on a local level.

Get Involved in the 2015 Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma is a rare disease — approximately 3,200 people are diagnosed every year — which means that generating awareness and support can be challenging. It is essential to get as many people as possible to take part in Mesothelioma Awareness Day every year to spread the word about this deadly disease. Awareness can ultimately increase mesothelioma research funding, which may hopefully lead to a cure one day. Drawing attention to this rare disease also teaches the public about the dangers of asbestos exposure and could result in asbestos finally being banned in the U.S.

How can you help? It’s as easy as just wearing the color blue on September 26 to show your support and solidarity. The Meso Foundation even offers a way for you to edit your profile picture on Facebook or Twitter to add a blue overlay and a small graphic about Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Think of all the friends you have on social media and how many people you could educate without saying a single word.

There are plenty of other ways you can participate in Mesothelioma Awareness Day — visit the Meso Foundation’s website to learn more about raising awareness at the TODAY Show, attending their regional conference on malignant mesothelioma, and methods to generate awareness in your hometown.

Mesothelioma Patient Makes a Difference Locally

When Tiffany Schreiber was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year in her mid-30s, she was devastated.

“I thought I was going to die, I mean everyone thought I was going to die,” Schreiber said to a Longmont Times-Call reporter.

Mesothelioma is rare, but Schreiber’s form was even more rare — a benign type that can usually be cured with chemotherapy. However, it does have the ability to come back at another time as malignant mesothelioma, which does not currently have a cure. Schreiber thinks she may have been exposed to asbestos secondhand, as her stepfather worked in the construction equipment industry.

In an effort to raise awareness, Schreiber visited Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. with the Meso Foundation and spoke about mesothelioma. She hopes to one day start her own foundation and raise awareness across the country. She also had a chance encounter with an employee in the Longmont city manager’s office and was able to submit a request for a Mesothelioma Awareness Day proclamation. It was approved and Schreiber looks forward to the ceremony on September 26th.

It is so important to generate mesothelioma awareness at city, state, and federal levels and Schreiber’s story shows how one person can make a big difference.

What will you do to spread the word about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure in our country?