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In the summer of 2015, Roy first began experiencing pain on his right side. He of course ignored the pain because if you knew Roy, you would ...
The Worthington Caron Law Firm is pleased to report that on October 19, 2016, a Los Angeles jury awarded $18,070,000 to our clients in a case entitled ...
The Worthington Caron Law Firm is pleased to report that on October 24, 2016 a Los Angeles jury awarded $7,042,300 to our clients in Los Angeles ...
In 1962, John left Germany seeking a new life in the USA. He worked for several plumbing companies until he started to own business in 1976. He said ...
At 58 years old, John Doe was leading both a personally and professionally fulfilling life. He was at the top of his game having worked almost 30 ...
Preface -- Please Read and Take Action A Mesothelioma Patient's Plea Asbestos is the devil's shill! When breathed it makes us very ill. Where ...
8 September 2003, 6:38pm ET SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation extends its condolences to the ...
Authored by Bill Burgess, December 27, 1999 When I was young I used to believe that funeral services were for the benefit of the living. Now I believe ...
The below article from the Oncology Times medical journal, was authored by Dr. Andrew D. Lawson, FRCA, FANZCA, MSC, a consultant in Intensive Care, ...
July 28, 2001 Over the past few years I have used your web-site to gather information on the different trials and patient profiles. Here's my ...
In June 1997, Paul Kraus was diagnosed with mesothelioma and given only a few months to live. He rejected surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and ...
Dr. Sam Hammar is no ordinary pathologist. The prototypical pathologist is a doctor who hunches over a microscope in a hospital basement, far removed ...
"Negativty Kills." So writes Jack Ruda, who has been living with his pleural mesothelioma since 1991. Jack's story is compelling, ...
By PAM BELLUCK BOSTON, May 20 - The widow of the eminent evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on Friday against ...
ATTENTION! FORMER U.S. NAVAL VETERANS ASBESTOS EXPOSURE by James Murphy If you served in the U.S. Navy from the 1940's to the 1970's and you ...
Mr. Worthington, I am a 36 year old whose mother died of mesothelioma at the age of 72, almost three years ago. She worked in a factory in Michigan a ...
John McNamara's voice fell silent, once and for all, on October 8, 2007. The voice of a champion, the voice of a husband, the voice of a father, ...
It’s a beautiful day in San Clemente. The kind of day that might usually be spent fishing with the grandkids off his boat in Dana Point Harbor, ...
ATLANTA - Richard Archer's lips draw a tight line as he peruses an old issue of Southern Accents. Through gold-rimmed glasses, he gives the same ...
Six feet two inches tall, husky at his "fighting" weight of 235 pounds, with the large, meaty hands and leathery skin of a life-long Texas ...
In February of 2011, John Elliot went to see his family physician in Erin, Tennessee, complaining of a constant stomach ache and being unusually ...
Robert Taylor was born 63 years ago in Kingsport, Tennessee. To this day, he remains a Tennessee Volunteer football fanatic. He bleeds orange and ...
In 1980, at the tender age of 50, after pursuing "alternative remedies" south of the border, McQueen died from malignant mesothelioma. Steve ...
(KRT) - Warren Zevon, the singer-songwriter known for his sardonic L.A. noir humor and classic-rock radio staples including "Werewolves of ...
Helen Caron was a survivor, in more ways than one. The 86 year-old retired nurse had already survived three bouts of cancer before being diagnosed ...
Pastor Charles Van Kirk enjoyed lifelong health. In the spring of 2007, however, he noticed shortness of breath when going on lunchtime mountain bike ...
Mike is a warm and engaging man who possesses the type of physical and spiritual strength that can only be attained from years of surfing. The avid ...
Bill Giblin recently passed away leaving two minor children, Matthew (age ten) and Mark ( age seven) and his young wife, Deanne. Before he died, he ...
On February 23, 1998, Tony Buszinski sought emergency care for a progressively sharp pain in his right chest from the Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, ...
This is the story of my wife, Susan, who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma on 1/12/97. She is only 37 years old. She had been having a problem ...
Johnny and Kimberlee Hough were married in November, 1993. They spent their first anniversary as husband and wife listening to the diagnosis - ...
Mr. Charley Baker is a sixty-eight (68) year old retired construction worker, avid square dancer and fisherman who lives in a lake house in Canyon ...
I hoped I would never have to add my father's profile to this page. So many times in the last one-and-half years I read it, always with tears in ...
Most, real name Michael Peter Hayes, died at home in north London on Friday. Reported to be worth £50m and credited with producing more No 1 ...
Marilyn Bertrand was only five years old when her brother traveled to the province of Quebec, Canada to take a summer job at Thetford Mines. When he ...
I'm a civil engineer with a master's degree in materials engineering (only of any interest here because I understand the characteristics of ...
My name is Lorraine Kember; my husband was a victim of asbestos. "Lean on Me: Cancer through a Carer's Eyes" is my true story of how I ...
Hugo Delzer is famous in the city of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. For thirty years, on any weekend, any person in Oconto Falls could go out for a night on ...
We will miss Harry. He was the sort of man you wanted to help. He never asked for much. He was a "self-made" man and enjoyed the kind of ...
The antique dealer and his wife Faye live in Johnson City, Wisconsin, on a street festooned with Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers flags. Two ...
A 40 year-old United Airlines mechanic, Christopher Stoeckler made the drive on Mondays from his home in rural Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin to corporate ...
A few short months ago, in the Winter of 2002, 45 year-old Keith Marshall and his wife Kathy were coming up on 20 years of marriage together. He and ...
Irvin Vincent, 71, Luxemburg, died Saturday, September 06, 2003, after a courageous 20 month battle with Mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to ...
Even into his sixties, Patrick O'Neil was not ready to stop. He loved his job, which he helped forge in 1973 as one of the founders of O'Neil, ...
Michael Winkelman is a 58 year-old patent attorney and chemical engineer who was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in March of 2003. Michael and ...
Walter "Don" Glover is a 72-year-old former pipeline worker from Parkersburg, West Virginia, who was diagnosed with malignant pleural ...
Louise Allen were living their dream. Frank toiled for over 35 years as a union electrician and saved up enough to build a house on a remote island, ...
Six months ago, Sam Paffile began to experience fatigue and dark red blotches on his skin. Then on a recent trip to Mexico, Sam developed severe pains ...
In 1989, Kedric Grove was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. He was 72 years old. He had worked in the foundry of the General Motors plant in ...
Reading about Jorge sure brought back memories. Six years ago this month we lost our beautiful 17 years old daughter Kristen to mesothelioma. When she ...
Jorge Uribe is a 17 year old teenager who lives in Kennewick, Washington. Like most teenagers, his life had it's fair share of ups and downs. But ...
Linda Louis first went to the emergency room at Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle, Washington in October of 1997 because she was having chest ...
Losing one member of a family to mesothelioma is a tragedy. Losing two is unthinkably tragic, like a curse. This is the story of a woman, Mary Andera, ...
Kermit "Kit" Fulton enjoyed excellent health until the Summer of 1997 when he began to experience difficulty swallowing. He underwent an ...
While taking his morning walk in August of this year, Powell White noticed that he was short of breath. He also felt some pain in his back, just below ...
Leroy McGillivray's medical problems began on June 5, 1998, when he experienced severe pain on the right side of his chest. He also noticed he was ...
I remember like it was yesterday. August 6, 1996. We were in the home of Glen Monks, taking his videotaped deposition. Glen lived in the country on ...
Duane Leslie McNeill was sixty-one years old when he was diagnosed with sarcomatoid mesothelioma in January of 1999. A father, husband and soulmate, ...
Mike Abbott makes tough decisions every day. He’s an Environmental Manager who investigates and manages the clean-up of toxic waste sites. He ...
At his pre-retirement company physical in late July, the attending physician told John Haley, "If I sold life insurance, I'd want to sell you ...
As a youngster, Ron Barnes just knew he wanted to be a farmer. He also knew he would need a farm. So he set out early in life to realize his dream. At ...
Impressed. It describes most people who have met or known Matt Scott. Whether it's because he effortlessly repaired someone's car, because - ...
Pete Gustafson knelt down to show me how he prunes the big pink balls of Sedum Autumn Joy Succulents. He gently brushed aside several honey bees who ...
Vernon "Vern" Braaten grew up on a farm in North Dakota. He and each of his brothers and sisters worked and contributed from an early age. ...
Robert Treggett is a man of purpose with a zeal for learning and living. In the fall of 2003 Bob was attending Northwest College in Kirkland, ...
Bob Dyer is a 60-year-old retired Navy and civilian marine machinist who lives on 2 ½ acres in Poulsbo, Washington. Bob spends most of his days ...
After 40 years of dedicated work, Peter Galassi was looking forward to being in "kind of a rut where you have all the time in the world to get ...
The great outdoors southeast of Tacoma left an early and permanent stamp on Tom Reed. One of twelve children, he grew up and lived most of his life in ...
Marvin and Karin Anderson live in Gig Harbor, Washington where they enjoy the peaceful outdoors. Marvin's an avid trout fisherman, and he likes ...
Donna Walmach, widow of Richard Walmach, grapples with the challenge of expressing how well loved Richard was by her and the children. Merely talking ...
Rafe Ledford is a 69-year-old retired Navy machinist and marine sheetmetal worker who lives in beautiful Port Orchard, Washington. When he retired in ...
In April of 2009, Kathy Martin first noticed she was having difficulty taking deep breaths. She met with her family physician who performed several ...
Bonnie Von Dell is a wife, a mother of two, a grandma of three and a mesothelioma survivor. Born in a car as her mother was driving from Minnesota to ...
74 year-old Jane Doe has lived in Washington State all of her life. She and her first husband raised four children, started their own company, and ...
Enthusiasm, as defined by Webster’s dictionary: ‘Intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.’ Synonyms of ...
Honoring Admiral Elmo Zumwalt and Remembering the Service Connected Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma That Killed Him (11/21/2011) Mesothelioma, as we ...
Residence: Chesapeake, Virginia Ages: Charles, 70; Rebecca, 68 when she died Exposure to asbestos: Charles - Machinist's mate in Navy, 1951-72 ...
A highly decorated Lieutenant Commander, Frank Cowperthwaite retired from the United States Navy in 1978 after serving his country for 24 years. His ...
The Washington Times February 19, 2006 http://washingtontimes.com/obituary/20060218-105839-1541r.htm Harrison F. Starn Jr., retired Navy commander, ...
After retiring in 1990, Truman Evitt was looking forward to traveling and spending time with his family and friends. In 1996, Truman went to his local ...
On June 5, 1998, Sharon Briscoe was a 55-year-old married mother of two grown sons who was living in Richardson, Texas. That day, she became fiercely ...
Tom Tolleson was a sixty (60) year-old Texan and former president of a decal manufacturing company who in 1996 was diagnosed with peritoneal ...
At his family's urging, 54 year-old Texas small business owner Jim Dougherty saw his doctor in May, 1999 for what Jim calls "one of those ...
He started as a sophomore at linebacker for the San Antonio East Central High School football team. Van thinks he could have played varsity as a ...
In the words of her father, Elizabeth Clancy was "beautiful inside and out." She took gymnastics from the time she was three years old until ...
Dear Roger Worthington I was diagnosed with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma on July 31, 1996 at Hermann Hospital. The original thoracic doctor told my ...
Mark Yaghoobi has always been an active man. He gets up in the morning, rain or shine -- and there is plenty of both in Sugarland, Texas --dons his ...
Robert "Bob" Hutchison, a 62-year-old former pastor, funeral director and businessman, was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma of the ...
Ralph Lerma, a 78 year-old plumber, was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma of the pleura in September, 2000. He and his wife Inez reside in ...
Judith and James Koranda were high school sweethearts at Kelley High School in Illinois. While James was scoring touchdowns and sinking jumpers, ...
Edward Lambert has survived more than his share of challenges and close calls with death. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, when he flew ...
Just three years ago, John Barnes was making the short commute from his home in Iowa Park to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, where he worked ...
Jim Foster decided to look further than the standard wisdom on treating-or not treating-mesothelioma. Today, three years after diagnosis, he and his ...
Holger continues to do his daily cardio workout, coming back drenched in sweat, and maintains an active lifestyle. Lynn proudly shares his treadmill ...
In July of 1998, 64 year-old Ben Painter was working his Beefalo farm in the scenic hill country of Wartrace, about an hour's drive south of ...
Ron Slaughter, 1975 In 1974, Ronald Slaughter was serving his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Pyro. After several long months at sea, ...
On January 18, Mrs. Elsie Schladweiler, a sixty-five year old Parkston, South Dakota resident made an appointment with doctors at the Yankton Clinic ...
Maynard Lewis is a 65-year old retired truck driver and foundry worker who lives in Eutawville, South Carolina with his wife Florence. Maynard and ...
Dear Mr. Worthington, My Uncle Thomas C. Henderson is dying from lung cancer caused by asbestos. He was a boilermaker. To see him go from a strong ...
Years ago, John Sterling did Intelligence and Reconnaissance for the U.S. Army. Now he does it for himself, in his own battle with mesothelioma. ...
Joseph Brendel has lived the American Dream. He is an 83-year-old retired nuclear engineer who originally came from a 100-acre farm in St. Mary's, ...
In December of 1997, Sylvin Pickner decided he could no longer ignore his nagging cough. He saw his family physician, who diagnosed Sylvin with ...
In 1993, Waymon Shadwick was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS adversely affected his mobility, strength, vision and cognitive function. ...
James Morse was born and raised in Siren, Wisconsin 65 years ago. When James was 13, he began working for his father, also a carpenter, digging ...
In February 1999, Mr. Gilcrease became short of breath. After about a week of this, he went to St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, Washington. A ...
Mac Fournier is a 66-year-old retired boat builder and former Navy boiler tender who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in November. Living in ...
It's hard to find something pleasant to say about a big, ornery horse that bolts and throws you for no apparent reason, especially when the crash ...
Mark Neuman is an 82 year-old retired Naval engineer who proudly served the United States Navy between 1941 and 1949 as an Electrician's Mate ...
In 1956, LeRoy "Lee" Joireman was 18 years old and trying to scrape together some money to attend college. For the next 23 months, until ...
As 2001 came to a close about a year ago, 58 year-old Jan Douma (pronounced "doe-muh") had much to look back on and be thankful for, and ...
During the fall of 2005, Glenn Keeran developed a persistent cough. Because Glenn spent so much time enjoying the outdoors, cutting wood, playing ...
Picture the 1970's: jobs on the decline, unrest in the steamfitters' union about job security, dissatisfaction with the leadership, and ...
Healthy, active, and always involved in a dozen different projects, Marilyn Stratton's active lifestyle meant that she was accustomed to lots of ...
Alice Fox is a sweet woman who loves her family dearly. Alice grew up in Northern Portland in a big house built by her father and grandfather. She was ...
Kenneth "Ken" Ramsdell, the 44 year-old son of a railroad man, Navy veteran and businessman who resides with his wife Donna in Tahlequah, ...
Mr. Sherrick was in excellent health until January, 2000, when he grew short of breath. In April, he developed severe pain in his abdomen. St. ...
In November of 1995, Tom Gorman began to experience acute shortness of breath and sharp pain in his left side that traveled up his back to the base of ...
On July 5, 1997, David was admitted to his local hospital to undergo a bronchoscopy and thoracotomy. His right lung had collapsed and his pleural ...
In the early spring of 1998, David began to feel tired and run down. This was highly unusual for David, who was normally robust and full of energy. He ...
Seventy-nine year-old Harold Kern worked as a pipefitter for over 32 years, primarily in Ohio, but in Michigan and California as well. Over the course ...
Fifty-three years ago, Cincinnatian Jack Crable and seven of his pals decided they would all join the Army. In January of 1949, they all did it, too, ...
George Barg, a 70 year-old Asheville, North Carolina resident, diagnosed in September, 1996 with pleural mesothelioma, continues to amaze his doctors ...
Dr. Bret Williams, a 52 year‑old internal medicine doctor, lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his wife Julie and their three children: ...
Elvira Gonzalez died at the age of 58 from pleural mesothelioma. She was born in Cuba. The bulk of her asbestos exposure occurred when she washed her ...
My dad, Eugene Clare, died of an asbestos-related lung cancer March 16, 1995, 54 years young. After spending several weeks in and out of Roswell Park ...
George Becker is a fifty-two year old machine operator diagnosed on February 12, 1999 with malignant mesothelioma of the pleura, or the lining of the ...
Gabe Hoz was a young man who died of mesothelioma at the age of 40. He was diagnosed with abdominal mesothelioma in November, 1995. He consulted with ...
Norman Yeamans is a 72 year old retired physicist who worked for the U.S. Army Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ. In 1972, in competition ...
Jacqueline "Jackie" George, a 53-year-old florist, wife, mother of two fine sons, and grandmother, was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma ...
Felix Tarantino is a 56 year old former boilermaker with four years of service in the U.S. Navy. He was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma on March ...
Rob Maher knew from an early age that he would make his life at sea. He began maritime training in New York City during high school. He started this ...
If, during the summer of 2004, you lived in Middlesex County, New Jersey you might have spent a warm afternoon or evening enjoying the upbeat ...
Harry and his wife Peggy moved from New York City to Las Vegas in 1987 to enjoy their retirement in a warm climate. Harry was an avid walker who was ...
In early 1997, James Benson of Henderson, Nevada, learned two things which shocked him. He had always been in excellent health, but in January 1997 he ...
Just a few months ago, at 70 years of age, Charles "Chuck" Shook was a lion of a man. He stood an inch shy of six feet, and weighed in at a ...
Sandie Knutson, a 58-year-old wife and mother of three grown children, first attributed the nagging pain on her right side from trying to do too many ...
Jack Holmes had always enjoyed good health. He and his wife, Elaine are both retired educators. Since 1964, Jack has taught mathematics to middle ...
Randy Evens is a 66 year-old recently retired general contractor who lives in Carson City, Nevada with his wife Virginia. In July of 2011, Randy first ...
Robert "Bob" Rahe is a 50 year old, self-employed entrepreneur and former school teacher who has malignant pleural mesothelioma. Bob's ...
Helen Richter is a 75 year old wife and mother of seven children. She was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma on July 13, 1998. She was ...
Paul Coyle, 57 year-old devoted husband, father and golfer, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma on February 18, 2000. The owner of a successful ...
Bill Tice, an incomplete quadriplegic and writer, was previously diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma at Alton-Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans in the ...
In December of 1996, Glenn Barnes went to his doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain. His cardiologist ...
Alton "Red" Barrett and his wife, Evahnell live on 70 acres of well-kept farm land in Lumberton, Mississippi. Retired since 1986, Red is an ...
Moss Point is located in the southeastern tip of Mississippi along the Pascagoula River Basin. The Pascagoula River is the continental United ...
Ted Munn was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1940. His warm and friendly southern persona shines through in everything he does. Hardworking, ...
Rep. Vento was diagnosed by doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. According to the Congressman: "Recent medical exams have revealed that I ...
Until about a year ago, life was very good for 63-year-old Ernest "Ernie" Kasprick, a self-employed contractor, and his wife Beverly. Ernie ...
Sherry K. Swanstrom lost her battle to mesothelioma on January 27, 2008 at the age of 51. I met Sherry eleven years ago as my new boss, and I remember ...
Albert Tkac is a seventy (70) year old retired boiler tender from Battle Creek, Michigan. Mr. Tkac proudly served his country during The War as a ...
In the middle of February this year, 53 year old Michigan siding salesman Fred Ockerman started having trouble breathing. Fred ignored the pain at ...
Around October, 1999, 53 year-old housewife and hotel manager Carol Miller began feeling sick, with flu-type symptoms. She developed a deep, dry ...
In 1965, at the age of 25, Carl Panozzo (a devout Roman Catholic) left his native Vicenza, Italy, which he lovingly refers to as "the old ...
John Pomranky was born in Midland, Michigan. His forefathers were among the first pioneers of Midland, their name gracing many streets and parks in ...
Mon May 20, 7:07 PM ET By Tim McLaughlin BOSTON (Reuters) - Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, who unlocked the mysteries of evolution for millions of ...
I feel it important to let you know that through your web page I, an 80-year-old male diagnosed with mesothelioma, made contact by email with Dr. ...
Daniel D'Amico was an 82-year-old retired welder and foreman who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in the Fall of 1998 in Worcester, ...
Towards the end of 1999, sixty-two year old Nelson "Nellie" Lachapelle made an appointment with his doctor in Worcester, Massachusetts. He ...
From the time he graduated high school in 1940 until his retirement in 1986, Louis DiBona was a hard working coppersmith/pipefitter at the Quincy ...
Before the Fall of 2001, Navy veteran Lee Brackett spoke quickly, crisply, and forcefully, with an unmistakable Yankee accent and attitude, ...
After thirty years of faithful service in the United States Navy, Captain Albert Carpenter retired on July 1, 1973. During his thirty years of ...
In mid March of 1997, Mr. Vincent "Nap" Napoli was beginning to think that his persistent cough was more than a virus. One morning he woke ...
The below was originall posted in 2012. Here is the latest update from Mr. Tom Bradford, in his own words: September 2, 2014 "Almost two years ...
Rodney Steenbergen is a 63 year-old former machinist's mate with nineteen years of service in the U.S. Navy, most of it spent at sea, and another ...
When asked about hobbies, Douglas Marr will tell you he never had time for any of those. He enlisted in the Navy in 1961 -- to do the "buddy ...
Joe Goins is a 66-year-old retired machinist and longtime Baptist deacon. A humble man who is frugal with himself and giving to others, Joe has lived ...
Earl "Skip" Haupt is a 66-year-old retired Navy Chief who spends his days tending his land in beautiful Breeding, Kentucky. Before the sun ...
After returning from a family vacation in Las Vegas in June of this year, John Kroemer began to experience severe night sweats. He was becoming ...
I lost my father on October 21, 1997, after a twenty month battle with malignant mesothelioma. My dad was 67 years old. In April, 1996, he began to ...
In March of 1999, Bob Elliott, 54-year-old husband, father of four and electrical engineer, felt he could not shake a hacking cough that had cursed ...
Sharon's doctors assured her that it was irritable bowel syndrome or diverticulitis, nothing too serious. But Sharon's abdominal pain ...
Introduction to the "M" word In July 1999, my husband, Allan Ostling, was hospitalized with shortness of breath and a partially collapsed ...
62 year-old former boilermaker and retired engineer Allan Ostling lives with his wife Jackie in Northern Indiana. The Ostlings live in a house that ...
Ted Cichocki (pronounced "che-hockey"), a 67 year old former pipefitter and 39-year employee at Inland Steel in East Chicago, Indiana, was ...
In September of 1999, 68 year-old Tom Love was hunting grouse and woodcock in Michigan with some of his lifelong friends. Tom says that normally he ...
Robert "Dusty" Rhodes, a 63 year-old Navy veteran and former steelworker from Crown Point, Indiana, can take the heat. He worked more than ...
Marty Mitchell is a 48 year-old bricklayer and refractory mason who was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He grew up in a crowded home, with six brothers ...
Until last May, Mike Miller and his wife Terri lived a full and happy life together, a busy jumble of city and country, work and play, family and ...
Ken Rolnicki and his wife Marilyn have always led an active life. At the age of fifty-six (56), despite his busy schedule as a business executive, ...
A BRIEF TALK TO THE MESOTHELIOMA GROUP SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 20, 2001 PRELIMINARIES: I am not only honored to be asked to speak for a few moments to so ...
Clyde Robison, Sr. is a 70 year-old inventor living in East Peoria, Illinois. He was diagnosed with pleural Mesothelioma in February, 2007. A veteran, ...
Allen “Al” Christiansen was the perfect retiree. He was never bored or out of things to do. He woke early in the morning and always ...
Yvonne Thorp describes her 53 year old husband Don as a "workaholic." It sounds bad until you hear what kind of work Don enjoys. Don works ...
For the past few months ( circa 1997 ) I have been corresponding with a very special lady. She has been called a "miracle" by her doctor. ...
Mr. Winfrey's doctors in Georgia referred him to a lung specialist who attempted to drain the fluid from his lung. The doctor could only capture ...
In December of 1997, while working in Chicago, Illinois, Charles Cox was lifting a heavy box and felt something "snap" in his right rib ...
Fourteen months ago, 54 year old executive Vito Bell was living the good life in Alpharetta, one of the tony suburbs north of Atlanta, Georgia. He ...
Charles Copeland is a 64 year-old native Georgian and the son of a sharecropper born and raised in Valdosta, Georgia. As a youngster, Charles shared ...
How do you describe Jean Laatsch? Charming? Delightful? Positive? Sunny? She may have been born and raised in the Midwest, but this young lady ...
On September 7, 1997, we were contacted by Frank, a 77 year old retired airlines operations controller. In June of this year, Frank began to ...
Richard Robbins, a 58 year-old real estate developer and hotel management consultant, was on top of the world. It was 1997, and he had just been named ...
William "Bill" Burgess was born sixty-six years ago in Canton, Ohio. Canton is a steel town -- a town that captures the blue collar work ...
Dave Galea is a 73-year-old retired Navy veteran and boiler operator who was diagnosed with biphasic pleural mesothelioma on January 25, 2001. He and ...
Joseph "Joe" Galarneau, a 75 year old retired laborer, boilermaker and Merchant Marine, was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma ...
A picture of health, Dr. James Towery was enjoying his retirement in Parrish, Florida with a zest we all wish for. An avid runner, golfer, grandfather ...
George Murphy is a "hard-working Jersey man." Born in Orange, New Jersey and raised in Newark, he has held a job since he was a young boy. ...
Born in the ancient city of Athens, Greece in 1933, during the height of the Great Depression, Kerry Stamas survived. Hundreds of thousands of Greek ...
"South Florida's changed so much," says Howard Ornstein, who relocated to the Sunshine State with his family in the 1950's. ...
I met Henry Norman "Nonny" Dagon and his wife Lorraine at their home in East Hartford, Connecticut. It was a warm, beautiful New England ...
In April of 1997 Gary White was diagnosed with advanced stage peritoneal Mesothelioma. Employed as a program administrator with the Connecticut ...
In contrast to this quiet peace, the facts are as startling as they are disturbing: Jeanette has been diagnosed with mesothelioma twice, the first ...
James "Kimo" Ward is a 65 year old retired United States Navy Submarine Sonar Technician (Electronics Branch), who is proud to have served ...
Richard Fournier is a self-made workaholic. Richard isn't happy if he isn't working. In their 44-year marriage, his wife Florida doesn't ...
Frank arranged a follow-up examination with his primary doctor. Frank complained that he was plagued with a shortness of breath when he exerted ...
Ray and June Wadas were high school sweethearts at St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Nebraska. They were married in 1953, a few months after their ...
Judge Tyson: My name is Elizabeth Udell, wife of Fred R. Udell who is dying of mesothelioma that was caused due to asbestos because he was trying to ...
Like many other Californians, Frederick Udell enjoys being outside. He loves to dig and plant in his garden. Fred loves to bowl. He dreamed of ...
Doug Walters was an extraordinary man. He first contacted me on July 18, 1994. He was a deputy sergeant with the San Diego Sheriff's Department. ...
In June of 1997, Frank Dens began to have difficulty breathing. He felt a deep pain on his right side accompanied with a nagging, aching cough. A ...
Mr. Russell Denton is a 73 year old retired warehouse man, Navy boiler operator and shipyard worker who was diagnosed in May of 1998 with malignant ...
Roger Fluegel and his wife June have been married for forty years. Together they have raised two children and they are blessed with three happy ...
Martin Tutt was a hard-working dedicated man. A loving husband and father of three (3) children, he was also respected by his co-workers. Martin Tutt ...
Gene was in the United States Navy from 1956 until 1978. Gene served on board several ships including the USS Intrepid, USS Midway, USS Coral Sea, USS ...
Mark Stewart grew up in Great Falls, Montana. At the age of 17, Mark enlisted in the U.S. Navy with his older brother. Mark did his basic training in ...
Bill's memorial was a celebration, both sad and joyous, of a wonderful man, full of life, intelligence and good humor. A man who stayed true to ...
Bill Powell is 49 years old and a former Vice President at Visa International in Foster City, California. He was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1950. ...
Steve McQueen will always be remembered for the cool characters he played in such movie classics as The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt, The ...
A strong man who loved nature, at 68-years-old Hans Hoffacker was equally comfortable trekking with Masai tribesman during a safari in East Africa, or ...
Tom Hazen is a 58-year-old senior manager within the medical instruments industry (specializing in dental, ophthalmic and surgical lasers) who was ...
At 75, Salvatore Pisciotta sits perfectly erect, with a dancer's awareness of his own body. He is poised and at ease at the same time, and very ...
George Baker was a sixty-six (66) year old Professor of Fine Arts at the Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Diagnosed in March of 1997, he ...
In the summer of 1998, 40 year old Susie Goodman decided to give up a 15-year career as a legal assistant specializing in large, complex litigation ...
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Fred Bynder is a 67-year-old who is retired from a long and successful sales career. All his life, Fred was extremely active. For 17 years, while his ...
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Shelley Ketchum was a kind and compassionate woman who always put others before herself. She was a loving daughter, wife, and mother throughout her ...
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Edward 'Ed' Guerra was one of five children of a union ironworker. Born and raised in San Francisco, California. Ed saw firsthand the benefits ...
John Russell was born September 6, 1935, in Chicago. His father worked as a retail manager for Florsheim Shoes in Chicago, just around the corner from ...
Local Frontiers Ambushed by the Asbestos Industry By Paul Zygielbaum, MS ****** My battle against malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) began during ...
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Dolores Luebke is a 58 year-old mother and recent grandmother living in the idyllic seaside village of San Clemente, California with her husband Kurt, ...
He was 44 years old, he was physically fit, he was active in his community, he was an active participant in his parish and he was a highly intelligent ...
As a teen in Oxfordshire, England, 70 year-old Terry Latham excelled in sports. “I was tall and tough,” he recalls with a grin. “I ...
Dennis Harline, 56-year-old forensic scientist, husband and father of three, began a journey early this year in search of a cure for his mesothelioma. ...
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to ...
Walter “Wally” Nielsen and his lovely wife, Arleen, sit surrounded by comfort and beauty – testaments to their hard work and ...
Martha Munoz is a 71 year-old retired social worker who lives with her husband Art in Orange County, California. Martha and Art have five children and ...
Claudine Sangre is a 79 year-old retired school teacher who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in August of 2011. Her long path leading to her ...
Bob Waniss is a 60 year-old business owner who resides in La Habra, California with his wife Sally. Married since 1980, they have three children and ...
When Sylvia Ramirez was 17 years old, she moved to Southern California from Mexico with her family. After working a few factory jobs, she began her ...
Gerald “Gerry” McCarthy grew up in Brooklyn, New York with five siblings in the same house his father, a New York policeman, had grown up ...
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Since 1989, David and Sandy have been summer caretakers of a unique California relic: the historic Hodges Cabin in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, near ...
Laura Wright is a young, vibrant thirty-three (33) year old housewife who resides with her husband and two children in Phoenix, Arizona. Laura was ...
In December of 1998, 67 year old Bulan "BJ" Weech developed a harsh cough that continued for the next several months. At first, BJ thought ...
William "Bill" Dunn, a 68-year-old husband, father of four, grandfather to two and Navy veteran, was diagnosed with malignant pleural ...
Irrepressible 72 year-old Ted Hartley Bishop, who bears a passing resemblance to the late actor and director John Huston, loves exotica, and life, ...
Jerry and Nancy Sheehy have three words for anyone dealing with mesothelioma: "DON'T GIVE UP". And after all they have been through, ...
Marty Schwarting, 73, stands 6-2 and weighs 130 pounds. The mesothelioma tumor inside his chest has compressed a lung and sapped much of his physical ...
Gary Cooper has always been an active guy with lots of pep and vigor. Born in 1941 in Pueblo, Colorado, he was the youngest of five siblings and grew ...
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Ralph Dale was a 72-year-old retired engineer and construction supervisor who lived in Ketchikan, Alaska. Since his sophomore year in high school, ...
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Tom Morgan is a 58 year-old maintenance superintendent, Navy veteran and former construction worker who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma on ...

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