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Cancer Research Funding Organization Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations


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The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced today that it now, in addition to traditional ways to donate, also accepts Bitcoin donations.

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014

Starting on Monday, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is able to accept donations in Bitcoin, in addition to all the traditional ways to give. The Bitcoin donation page can be found at

As more and more businesses are accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment, we decided it was important for us to do the same, said Meso Foundations chief executive officer, Melinda Kotzian.

Bitcoin is an online-only, internet currency, started in 2009. Bitcoin donations can be easily, and immediately following a donation, converted into any other currency, including the US Dollar.

We do not want anything to stand in our way of raising funds to fund mesothelioma research, education, support, and advocacy. Our goal is to save lives, and well do whatever it takes to get there, Ms. Kotzian added.

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. With the life expectancy of less than one year after diagnosis, medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards. Currently, few treatment options exist. There is no cure.

The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer-reviewed scientific research to develop life-saving treatments for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million to research. More information is available at

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