Archive for the ‘People’ Category

9/11 hero, ferryboat captain dies of cancer

24 Mar 2018 by under People

twin towers collapse 9/11 hero, ferryboat captain dies of cancerA 45-year-old ferryboat captain who was widely hailed as a hero for successfully evacuating hundreds of people from the disaster site following the deadly terrorist attacks that took down New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has died following a battle with cancer.

“It is unknown whether Thomas Phelan had mesothelioma or some other form of cancer, but his death is being attributed to exposure to the toxic materials, including , that choked the air after the towers fell,” Mesothelioma.net reports. (more…)


Steve McQueen mesothelioma movie now available on digital DVD

16 Mar 2018 by under News, People

stevemcqueen 100x100 Steve McQueen mesothelioma movie now available on digital DVDThe movie Steve McQueen: American Icon, the story of the American actor called the “King of Cool,” is now available on digital DVD. The “bad boy” actor was one of the highest paid actors in the 1970s, and went on to star in movies likes The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Great Escape. But his career was unexpectedly cut short after he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in the late 1970s. He died in 1981. (more…)


Researcher’s life work may improve understanding of asbestos-like mineral fibers

20 Oct 2015 by under Events, News, People, Research/Treatment

Phillip Cook image courtesy Minnesota Post 100x100 Researcher’s life work may improve understanding of asbestos like mineral fibersAlthough he died of cancer in 2013 before he could complete his life’s work, researcher will have an impact on the evaluation of asbestos-like mineral fibers and how they affect the body. Shortly after the scientist, who worked at the Environmental Protection Agency () for much of his career, passed away, his colleague decided the research must be completed. The results create a way to evaluate which fibrous minerals are more or less toxic. (more…)


Australian Whistleblower Abused, Harassed After Exposing Asbestos Danger

25 Aug 2015 by under Legal, News, People

whistleblower 100x100 Australian Whistleblower Abused, Harassed After Exposing Asbestos DangerFrom comes a story of the extreme harassment, abuse, and other malicious treatment that whistleblowers who try to expose wrongdoing often must face. (more…)


Judge Amos Saunders dies of adenocarcinoma allegedly linked to courthouse asbestos

19 Aug 2015 by under Legal, People

Judge Amos C Saunders 100x100 Judge Amos Saunders dies of adenocarcinoma allegedly linked to courthouse asbestosA man who once dedicated his life to meting out justice from the bench may have had his life cut short as a result of a hazardous material in his own courtroom. , a form of cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure, took the life of retired New Jersey Judge Amos Saunders on Aug. 16 of this year. The litigation pinning the judge’s alleged asbestos exposure to the courthouse will “absolutely” continue on and be amended to a wrongful death case, Saunders’ attorney, Rachel Placitella, told the New Jersey Law Journal. (more…)


Young man diagnosed with mesothelioma in both abdomen and lungs; family seeks help

11 Feb 2014 by under News, People, Research/Treatment

Olsen family 300x215 Young man diagnosed with mesothelioma in both abdomen and lungs; family seeks helpJust before Christmas last year, a young man, just 33 years old, was diagnosed with . His diagnosis came after two years of puzzling symptoms and pain, multiple doctor visits, surgeries and tests. Finally, on Dec. 23, 2013, doctors confirmed that he had – not only affecting his lungs, but also his abdomen. Now, Christian H. Olsen, Jr., and his family are asking for help as he faces a battle for his life. (more…)


Get ready to bust a plate! It’s almost Lung Leavin’ Day!

16 Jan 2014 by under Events, News, People

LLD TalkingPlate Get ready to bust a plate! Its almost Lung Leavin Day!It might sound crazy to some people, but mesothelioma survivor , her family, friends and ever-growing network of are getting ready to celebrate the 8th annual Lung Leavin’ Day on Februrary 2, 2014. The celebration was devised to mark the anniversary of Heather’s extrapleural pneumonectomy – a radical treatment for mesothelioma in which a lung, part of the diaphragm and surrounding tissue is removed in an effort to battle the rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. (more…)


Mesothelioma victims die while investment conglomerate drags its feet in pursuit of profit

10 Oct 2013 by under Legal, News, Organizations, People

Berkshire Hathaway 100x100 Mesothelioma victims die while investment conglomerate drags its feet in pursuit of profitThere are allegations of “” swirling around multinational conglomerate holding company Inc. Lawyers representing both asbestos victims and manufacturers say two of the company’s subsidiaries – National Indemnity Co. and Resolute Management Inc. – which are supposed to handle asbestos and pollution insurance policies, are purposely delaying paying claims in order to benefit Berkshire’s bottom line. (more…)


9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is marked

11 Sep 2013 by under Events, Legal, News, People

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 9/11 first responders, workers continue to fall ill as 12th anniversary of tragedy is markedToday Americans pause to remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., along with a failed attempt that downed a jetliner in a field in Pennsylvania, changed our nation forever. But as we stop to think of those who lost their lives on that day, the lingering effects of toxic debris at in New York continue to plague first responders and workers who cleared the debris. Many others also were exposed to toxins at the Pentagon and the plane crash site. (more…)


Man’s death linked to brief asbestos exposure 46 years before

7 Aug 2013 by under News, People

asbestos courtesy whtimes.co .uk  100x100 Mans death linked to brief asbestos exposure 46 years beforeAn inquiry into the death of a man has revealed he suffered from mesothelioma, which he contracted on the job after being exposed to asbestos for only “two or three days,” 46 years ago. Coroner Edward Thomas declared Welwyn resident died of industrial disease as a result of the asbestos exposure. (more…)