About Us

Who We Are

The Breath of Life Foundation is a charitable foundation, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3), Tax ID No. 36-654499. All donations are tax deductible and the Foundation will promptly provide you with a receipt.
We are not affiliated with any law firm or other profit organization – all net proceeds go to research for a cure.


Our mission is to prevent and cure mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases by providing critical funding, monitoring, early detection and cutting-edge research at leading medical and academic institutions.


The Breath of Life Foundation was established through a cooperative effort of the insulating industry – including insulating companies from the Central States Insulation Association and their Union partners who represent workers in that field, as well as other providers that serve the industry. The Foundation is primarily focused on the Midwest Region of the United States and acts in concert with other similar institutions, in seeking a cure for mesothelioma and asbestos related diseases. Because asbestos and similar carcinogenic materials were long used as key components of insulation products, everyone in that industry has potentially been exposed to one degree or another – from the worker, to the end user and even their family members. Even though new safety measures have been developed recently to deal with asbestos, the lingering health effects of this material will be felt for generations.

Curing Mesothelioma

Curing mesothelioma, the cancer that is known to be caused by asbestos, along with other diseases which are triggered by, or advanced by asbestos, is the primary focus of the Breath of Life Foundation. In this time of reduced public funding for medical research, the Breath of Life Foundation was established to make sure that asbestos exposure is properly treated and that the search for a cure for mesothelioma goes on.

What We Do

The Breath of Life Foundation raises funds in both the insulation industry throughout the Midwestern area, as well as from the public at large, for purposes of funding mesothelioma research. 100% of proceeds are donated to research.

Who We Fund

From its inception in 2009 until 2012, the Breath of Life Foundation made annual donations to the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan, to support Dr. Michael Harbut’s work in mesothelioma research. In 2013, Dr. Harbut moved his research efforts to St. John Providence Health System in Southfield, MI.