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Inspiring Stories from Courageous Men and Women Dedicated to Increasing Mesothelioma Awareness

Former New York Assemblywoman Janet Duprey Tells How Mesothelioma Affected Her Family

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 2/14/2017

Janet Duprey

Janet Duprey is a lifelong resident of Peru, NY, a small town in the farthest northern reaches of New York, near the Canadian border and across Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont. At the end of 2016, she retired after a 41-year political career.

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Murder by Cancer: Carrie West Harper Tells Her Father’s Mesothelioma Story

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 2/1/2017

Carrie West Harper Interview

Carrie West Harper is a small business owner in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two daughters, ages 12 and 7. From time to time, Carrie’s children ask her about their grandfather who died when they were both very young from an asbestos-related disease of the lungs.

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Mesothelioma Warriors Share Their Hopes for 2017

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 1/5/2017

Hope for 2017

For many people the New Year brings hope, whether it’s hope of fulfilling a dream, hope of recovering from sickness or other circumstances, or simply hope that something unexpected and good will happen in the days, weeks, and months to come.

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Dr. Mike, Mesothelioma, and Dreaming Big

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 11/28/2016

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Since the early 1980s, Camille and Michael Geraldi have been caring for children with special needs. Together, the two have adopted or become guardians for more than 88 children with various physical and mental conditions, including Down’s Syndrome, spina bifida, mental retardation, cardiac problems, and many others.

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Why Cancer Patients Are Giving Thanks

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 11/23/2016

Esther Conrad

Having cancer can be terrible, there’s no doubt. But many cancer patients have nonetheless found opportunities to give thanks for their situation, whether they are a long-term survivor or someone who was recently diagnosed.

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Remembering Pete Russell: Air National Guardsman, Father, and Mesothelioma Victim

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 10/24/2016

Pete Russell

Angela F. de Rodriguez is an insurance adjuster who lives in Frisco, Texas, with her 13-year-old son Ruben – a bright young seventh grader who plays trombone and tennis. Angela’s adoptive father, Pete Russell, was only a few years older than Ruben when he was first exposed to asbestos.

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Poet Uses Words to Remember Her Father’s Battle with Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 10/12/2016

Willa and Stephen Carroll

Steve Carroll was a family man and community man. Born on Christmas Day in 1945, he was a storyteller and someone who cared deeply for those around him. “My father was a Zen Buddhist, a lover of poetry, a Red Sox fan,” remembers Steve’s daughter Willa, a writer and performer in New York City. “My father read The Hobbit aloud when I was a kid and did a great voice for Gollum. My father loved blues, Bob Dylan, train whistles, mountains, gardens, and pie for breakfast. He was beyond proud of his children and adored his grandchildren. He cooked elaborate holiday meals with his wife. He believed deeply in social justice.”

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Tool Maker’s Daughter Wants to Ban the Asbestos that Gave Her Dad Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 10/5/2016

Zody Family

Cindy Zody grew up in Loudonville, a small town in the hills of North Central Ohio known as the state’s Camp and Canoe Capital. In fact, her family has a long history in the area.

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British Mesothelioma Warrior Mavis Nye Shares Her Story of Remission

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 9/8/2016

Mavis Nye

Earlier this year, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance had the privilege of sharing the story of Mavis Nye, a woman from the United Kingdom who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June 2009. Since then, Mavis has undergone a number of treatments in an effort to defeat this deadly disease.

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A Fighter and a Survivor: Amy Byrd Tells Her Father’s Mesothelioma Story

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 8/29/2016

Amy Byrd and her Father

Larry Hightower is a husband of 48 years to his wife Shirley, daddy to two children Amy and David, and “Pop” to four granddaughters and one grandson. Larry is a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a nephew, and a friend. He is a veteran of United States Navy, having served the on the USS Vesuvius AE-15.

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