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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Carol Mata

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 5/13/2016

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We are happy to announce that the fourth Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship will be awarded to Carol Mata, a biomedical engineering student at the University of Cincinnati.

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Termeh Khoshniat

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 1/14/2016

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We are thrilled to announce the third recipient of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: Termeh Khoshniat.

In 2008, when Termeh was 16 years old, her mother became severely ill. After years of tests, deteriorating health, and multiple diagnoses, her mother was officially diagnosed with stage II mesothelioma in 2013. From that day forward, Termeh became her mother’s sole, state-appointed caretaker. Her story of courage and perseverance left us humbled and speechless.

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Keeping an Eye on the FACT Act

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 9/2/2015

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When it comes to compensation for the harm that asbestos has done, it would seem everyone from each side of the aisle would want victims to receive a fair amount. However, as the continued progress of the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT Act) shows, that seems not to be the case.

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Nicholas Hibbeler

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 6/8/2015

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It is our honor and privilege to award the Fall 2015 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship to Nicholas Hibbeler.

Two years ago, Nicholas was diagnosed with testicular cancer. What stood out about his story was not just that he has managed – through painful surgery and complications – to beat back his cancer, but that he has turned his experience into a strong effort for awareness about the disease. By engaging with others to help him advocate for those at risk of developing testicular cancer, he has shown that he is not only a fighter, but a leader as well.

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Catching Up and Looking Forward with Inaugural Scholarship Recipient Olivia Current

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 4/17/2015

Olivia Current at a Relay for Life event

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance recently caught up with Olivia Current, a four-year Acute Myeloid Leukemia survivor and the first recipient of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship. Since her diagnosis at age 16, Olivia has been beating the odds and looking forward to her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse. In the future, Olivia hopes to inspire, encourage, and heal other sick children. Here’s what Olivia had to say:

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Olivia Current

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 1/15/2015

Olivia Current

We are pleased and proud to award the first Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship to Olivia Current.

Olivia is a four-year cancer survivor. In 2011, at the age of 16, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and her subsequent treatment required not only rounds of intense chemotherapy but also a bone-marrow transplant to address a DNA mutation. Olivia’s experience was fraught with complications from infections to graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a condition in which the newly transplanted tissue attacks the receiver’s system.

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Announcing: The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Program

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 10/6/2014

MCA Scholarship

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is proud to announce the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship program to benefit college students whose lives have been affected by cancer. $4,000 will be awarded each semester (Spring 2015 and Fall 2015) to one student who has battled any kind of cancer or who has witnessed the personal struggle of a parent, sibling or other immediate family member or close friend.

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Developing a Cancer Survivorship Plan

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 4/15/2014

Survivorship Plan

It is estimated that two out of three people diagnosed with cancer will live five years or longer after their initial diagnosis. Healthcare professionals advise that the quality of care after a patient has entered remission will have a profound impact on the life expectancy of a survivor. Therefore, it’s very important to develop a survivorship plan to help you and your loved ones enjoy life every given day and adjust to your new normal.

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Coping with Cancer: The Importance of Family

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 2/13/2013

Coping with Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is a difficult and life changing situation for anyone. Often when people receive the news, their families gather around them for support. Some try to underplay the importance of family and claim that the patient needs to create a better mental space for him or herself. However, the role that family plays in a cancer patient’s life is simply undeniable.

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5 Tips for Handling Holiday Stress With Cancer

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 12/19/2012

5 Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

The holidays are a stressful time even when you are not sick. Hours of shopping, putting up decorations, and cooking meals and baking cookies – it is no wonder that this time of year can wear a person down. When you are battling an illness like cancer, staying healthy has to take priority. That is easy to say, but not easy to do when the holidays create memories that no one wants to miss. Staying organized and listening to your body is the key to dealing with the stress of holiday season with cancer.

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About David

  • Joined MCA in 2011
  • Cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
  • Focuses on creative fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer
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