About the Foundation
Welcome to the Benjamin Shein Family Foundation
Thank you for visiting the Benjamin Shein Family Foundation (BSFF). Together with the families of patients of mesothelioma we are committed to “giving back” to those in need who have serious/terminal medical conditions and to charitable and philanthropic organizations which promote the physical and mental health of human beings. As an organization, we are committed to providing hope, support and advocacy to patients and families of mesothelioma by partnering with medical organizations, support groups and survivors.
As the founder of the BSFF, I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. I met and began to understand the plight of asbestos victims and their families by co-founding AVADD (Asbestos Victims Against Default and Delay) when I was a high school student. Since that time, I have devoted over 25 years of my personal and professional life to seeking justice for asbestos victims and victims of catastrophic injuries. Witnessing firsthand the pain, anguish and other problems that these victims and their families experience, I have made a conscious effort to give my time and resources to try to make these situations better for them medically, legally and socially.
I am a second generation Philadelphia lawyer who has followed in my father’s footsteps focusing on representing people and their families who have been injured and killed from malignant mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and other toxic substances. I graduated from the Episcopal Academy and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Pennsylvania before receiving a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami.
The BSFF has funded research for the Penn Medicine Mesothelioma and Pleural Program, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF), Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). We have also supported many other medical and humanitarian organizations as well as police and fire fighter charities.
“I have been blessed with my health and the opportunity to help others. I have met many great people and families along the way. I have personally seen firsthand what terminal and catastrophic injuries and death can do. If I can give back in the hopes of making other people’s lives better by advancing research and improving treatments, I will have accomplished my goal.”
Wishing you good health, hope and happiness: