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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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3 Facts about Veterans and Mesothelioma

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 11/11/2016

Celebrating Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we look to those who have served our country to be reminded of the sacrifice they gave for us. Their dedication to preserving our democratic way of life and the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis are worth remember throughout the year, but this one day gives us time to step back and consider what that really means. For many people, the recent election solidifies that reality even more, regardless of who they voted for and the outcome that came out of it.

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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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The Real Costs of Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 5/24/2016

Real Cost of Cancer

When one hears the word “mesothelioma,” everyone immediately thinks of the commercials on TV: “If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure… “ and then they think everyone who gets this cancer is automatically wealthy because of a lawsuit. Well, I’m here to set that record straight.

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The Incalculable Costs of Freedom: Veterans and Post-War Illnesses

  • Author: Brian Turner
  • Date: 7/3/2015

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Many Americans may not realize that veterans continue to fight after they return home. The enemy? A number of disabling physical and mental health issues, many of which are caused by adversaries camouflaged with invisibility. A way we can honor our veterans this Fourth of July is to bring awareness to these muted battles they continue to fight, long after the war is over.

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Taking a Moment for Mesothelioma

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 7/8/2014

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Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that is primarily caused by asbestos exposure. To those who have never heard of the disease or have never known someone affected by it, mesothelioma may seem more like a foreign word than a real health danger. To help spread awareness about this disease, take a moment to read the key facts about mesothelioma:

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Navy Veterans' Organizations Suing VA Over Agent Orange Exposure During Vietnam War

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 8/9/2013

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In a heroic attempt to right an administrative wrong, two Navy veterans' organizations are suing the Department of Veterans Affairs and Secretary Eric Shinseki over the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Specifically, the suit alleges that the medical benefits that the VA offers does not cover treatments for conditions stemming from exposure to the lethal weapon.

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VA Secretary's Ambitious Plan to Overhaul Claims System Shows Promise

  • Author: Doug Karr
  • Date: 5/23/2013

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Surprising or not, the Department of Veterans Affairs kept physical, paper files on each and every claim made by a veteran, and because the record keeping is cumbersome and archaic, many question why the VA has stuck to such an outdated claims system for so long, especially with the recent uptick of veterans needing support and services.

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9 Unique Care Package Ideas for Military Members on Armed Forces Day

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 5/17/2013

Armed Forces Day

Almost everyone knows someone currently serving in military services, and one thing stands true for all members of all branches of service: care packages from home never go unappreciated. Armed Forces Day is a day to honor all service men and woman from each branch of the military; much of the mesothelioma community are veterans, or loved ones of veterans or current members of the military. In honor of Armed Forces Day, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has put together some helpful ideas for preparing and sending the best and most useful care packages to loved ones overseas.

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Veterans Comfort Boston Marathon Victims at Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 4/23/2013

As the phrase “Stay Strong Boston” echoes through the city of Boston, as well as the country, patients who lost limbs in the devestating Boston Marathon bombing are trying to do just that. A week after the heinous attack, 48 people remain hospitalized and at least 13 survivors lost a limb. These victims are being treated at various hospitals in the Boston area, which include Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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March 27, 2017
Bethesda, MD

International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma

“The 2017 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma is an event organized by the Meso Foundation in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Symposium will be held from March 27th through March 29th of 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda with daytime conference sessions taking place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.”


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“CrossFit OSC is hosting its 1st Annual OSC Barbell Rodeo CrossFit Competition in memory of Emily Brown Kocis, sister of OSC member Phil Brown. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. To learn more on how to participate, please visit the link to the event's page below.”

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