Archive for the ‘People’ Category

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 UK man has revealed he suffered from mesothelioma, which he contracted on the job after being exposed to for only “two or three days,” 46 years ago. Coroner Edward Thomas declared resident Roger Beale died of industrial disease as a result of the asbestos exposure. (more…)


Debbie Brewer’s funeral set for June 20; family welcomes all whose lives she touched

18 Jun 2013 by under Events, News, People

debbie brewer 10 2009 100x100 Debbie Brewers funeral set for June 20; family welcomes all whose lives she touchedI was very sad to report earlier this month that our beloved meso warrior, Brewer, passed away after battling six years against mesothelioma. Her funeral is set for Thursday, June 20, a 1 p.m. at Weston Mill Crematorium, Plymouth, ’s family says all whose lives she touched are welcome to attend the service. Well-wishers are asked – per ’s request – not to wear black to the services. (more…)


In memory of Meso Warrior Debbie Brewer

9 Jun 2013 by under Events, People

Debbie Brewer april 2012 209x300 In memory of Meso Warrior Debbie BrewerI am so sad today to learn that Meso Warrior Debbie Brewer, our friend in the U.K., has passed away. Debbie was a truly wonderful person with the biggest heart. She fought every day not just for herself, but for everyone with mesothelioma, everyone affected by asbestos disease. I will miss her so much.

That may seem strange to some, since I never had the chance to meet Debbie face to face, but I felt as if she was a friend. Debbie was the first person to allow us to share her story here on myMeso. She wrote her own blog, Mesothelioma & Me, talking not only about her fight for meso awareness and her physical battles with the disease, but sharing funny, sad, sometimes angry, and everyday stories about her life. She was an open book and welcomed friends with open arms.

Occasionally I had people email me who had read Debbie’s story here, and wondered if she might be willing for them to contact her to talk. Debbie was always willing.

Debbie traveled to the U.S. and worked with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the (Meso Foundation), connecting with more people and spreading the message about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the desperate need for a cure.

She traveled to Germany to undergo a new experimental treatment, for a time taming the tumor she – with her trademark sense of humor – nicknamed Theo. Damn Theo. She spoke to , petitioning for relief for asbestos victims. She worked with the Mick Knighton Foundation, helping to raise funds for mesothelioma research and treatment.

I was happy that Debbie accepted my friend request on Facebook. She was a prolific poster, sharing stories and photos of her travels, her beautiful family and children, her shenanigans with friends, her wigs and hats, a new car. All the ups and downs were there. Oh, how I will miss seeing her signature “xx”.

Debbie, I know this post is rambling. Your passing seems so sudden, and the world is a much sadder place without you in it. I hope you are running and laughing and strong now. I know you are bringing joy with your tremendous spirit.

x


Meso warrior friends flood Facebook with support for ‘Wonder Woman’ Janelle

4 Jun 2013 by under Events, News, People

Janelle Wonder Woman 100x100 Meso warrior friends flood Facebook with support for Wonder Woman JanelleFriends of mesothelioma survivor – both IRL (web-speak for “in real life”) and those in the virtual online community – have flooded Facebook with support for the young woman who is battling this -related cancer. They are changing their profile pictures to the symbol used by comic-book hero Wonder Woman, the nickname earned by Bedel for her courage and strength in fighting the life-threatening illness, and hoping to raise awareness by sharing her story. (more…)


Meso survivor Heather shares her message of hope in video

14 May 2013 by under News, Organizations, People, Research/Treatment, Video

heather thumbs up 11 2009 100x100 Meso survivor Heather shares her message of hope in videoThose of you who have been following the myMeso blog for a while remember our friend Heather Von St. James, a survivor and warrior from . Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma just a few months after giving birth to her daughter Lily, at the young age of 36. There is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, which is related ot asbestos exposure, and traditionally patients are given a matter of months to live following a diagnosis. This was unacceptable to Heather and her husband, Cameron, were determined to find an answer, and to fight. (more…)


Debbie Brewer to voice mesothelioma concerns to Parliament!

29 Jan 2013 by under Events, News, People

Debbie Brewer 100x100 Debbie Brewer to voice mesothelioma concerns to Parliament!Exciting news!! Mesothelioma Warrior Debbie Brewer, our friend from the U.K., will speak to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in July! Debbie will address Members of , sharing her personal battle with mesothelioma and raising awareness about the dangers of exposure. (more…)


Chris Knighton establishes tissue bank for mesothelioma research in UK

26 Jun 2012 by under Events, News, Organizations, People, Research/Treatment

snowdrop 100x100 Chris Knighton establishes tissue bank for mesothelioma research in UKAfter losing her husband Mick to -related cancer in 2001, Chris Knighton vowed that his death would not be in vain. Since then, she has become one of the UK’s most renowned activists for raising mesothelioma awareness and has earned more than £1m on behalf of the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund. However, her efforts do not stop there. On June 28, 2012, a ground-breaking new research project will be unveiled in London – The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Bank UK. (more…)


Meso warriors urged to rally around Debbie

10 May 2012 by under Organizations, People

Debbie Brewer april 2012 209x300 Meso warriors urged to rally around DebbieOne of our favorite Meso Warriors, , was disappointed this week to learn that her mesothelioma had progressed. Many of you have been following Debbie’s story through the past several years, since she originally shared it with us. Debbie has become a leader in the fight for mesothelioma , and is an outspoken advocate both in her home in the U.K. and worldwide. (more…)


Golfer Fred Couples designates Presidents Cup funds to mesothelioma research

16 Apr 2012 by under Events, News, Organizations, People, Research/Treatment

pga logo Golfer Fred Couples designates Presidents Cup funds to mesothelioma researchProfessional golfer designated $25,000 from the 2011 Presidents Cup tournament to go to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The Presidents Cup tournament raised a record-setting $4.5 million in proceeds to be distributed to charitable organizations around the world. Beneficiaries are chosen by the 30 players, captains and captains’ assistants. Couples chose the Meso Foundation with his girlfriend and caddy, Midge Elo Trammell, whose father, George Sheldon Elo, passed away in 2009 after a battle with pleural mesothelioma. (more…)


AACR selects physician from innovative meso treatment hospital as president-elect

22 Mar 2012 by under Events, Organizations, People, Research/Treatment

aacr logo AACR selects physician from innovative meso treatment hospital as president electThe American Association for () has selected Charles L. Sawyers, M.D., as its 2012-2013 President-Elect. Sawyers is chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), one of the leading medical facilities in the United States treating mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. (more…)