Posts Tagged ‘Ohio’

Miles for Meso races scheduled for September

15 Aug 2017 by under Events

There are several road races scheduled throughout the country in the coming weeks aiming to raise awareness about mesothelioma, and funds for education, outreach, advocacy and treatment.

Registration for the Alton, Illinois, race on Sept. 30 opened this last week. In 2016, Alton’s Miles for Meso race generated $40,000 for the Awareness Organization, a non-profit dedicated to securing a global ban on asbestos and providing support to victims of asbestos-related diseases. This year, the 9th annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk hopes to expand its reach. (more…)


Ohio school extends summer break to abate asbestos threat

11 Aug 2017 by under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Ohio school extends summer break to abate asbestos threatChildren across the United States are in the process of preparing for a new school year, if they are not already back in the classroom. But a private school in central will not be opening its doors on time after an tile floor was damaged, releasing dust into the air. (more…)


Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill

24 Apr 2017 by under News

480px Seal of Missouri 100x100 Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill Nearly a quarter of states have claims transparency laws on the books, and Missouri is poised to raise the number to 13, according to the St. Louis Record. Even if the bill making its way through the General Assembly does not pass this session, it is expected to be reintroduced during the next one. (more…)


Widow’s damages determined by timing of asbestos exposure

3 Mar 2017 by under Legal

Florida dca map1 100x100 Widows damages determined by timing of asbestos exposure’s Fourth District Court of Appeals broke away from precedents set by other states last month, ruling a widow could not receive damages for the loss of her husband’s companionship after he died from mesothelioma.

According to the Daily Business Review, the court ruled 2-1 that construction worker John Kelly’s widow, Janis, cannot recover damages under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act for the loss of her husband’s companionship because his exposure occurred a few years before their 1976 wedding. The two had been married for nearly 40 years when he died in 2015 from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer linked to the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. (more…)


Ohio Gov. Kasich signs firefighter cancer presumption bill into law

10 Jan 2017 by under News

Airport firefighters drill 100x100 Ohio Gov. Kasich signs firefighter cancer presumption bill into lawLast week Ohio joined the ranks of three dozen states that presume firefighters with cancer should receive workers’ , according to Business Insurance and The News-Herald.

Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio Senate Bill 27, named the Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act after a fire captain diagnosed with brain cancer, on Jan. 4, 2016. The act allows firefighters to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits if they were involved in at least six years of hazardous duty, according to the news sources. The presumption that the cancer was caused in the workplace can be rebutted only if evidence proves the firefighter smoked or was exposed to tobacco products outside of the office; developed cancer before joining a fire department; is 70 or older; or hasn’t been assigned to hazardous duty in 20 years. (more…)


Improper asbestos removal incites community uproar in Ohio, but who’s to blame?

27 Jan 2016 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Improper asbestos removal incites community uproar in Ohio, but whos to blame? removal is a serious process that requires the utmost caution in order to prevent exposure to its harmful particles. Unfortunately, several citizens near a building demolition project claimed on social media to have witnessed , Ohio, firefighters tearing down pieces of an old building without regard to the state’s EPA safety protocols. However, thanks to some investigative reporting, the Sandusky Register discovered who the real culprits were. (more…)


Asbestos a major hurdle in preservation of historical Ohio homes

8 Dec 2015 by under News

200px asbestos warning 150x150 Asbestos a major hurdle in preservation of historical Ohio homesThe City of Fort Thomas, , and a development firm are closing in on an agreement to renovate a group of historical homes that once housed U.S. Army officers. Plans to refurbish the vacant homes have been hung up on cost issues, which include the removal of asbestos and lead paint – two materials once commonly used in construction that are known as serious health hazards today. (more…)


Asbestos is the real danger at reportedly haunted hospital

21 Oct 2013 by under News

Molly Stark Hospital 2 100x100 Asbestos is the real danger at reportedly haunted hospitalParticularly around , park rangers, Sheriff’s deputies and maintenance workers in Canton, , have to ramp up efforts to keep trespassers and vandals out of an abandoned former hospital building. The deserted structure, which was built in the 1930s as a tuberculosis sanitarium and later operated as a hospital for the mentally ill, is rumored to be haunted. But city officials say the real danger in the structure is asbestos. (more…)


DOE construction workers report high incidence of mesothelioma

10 Sep 2009 by under News, People, Research/Treatment

DOE logo 100x100 DOE construction workers report high incidence of mesotheliomaA recent study published in the September 2009 issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine reports workers at four U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) facilities have elevated risks for developing cancer, and former construction workers at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state are 11 times more likely to develop , in particular.

The study, Mortality of Older Construction and Craft Workers Employed at Department of Energy (DOE) Sites, was funded by the DOE and involved a medical screening program that began in 1996 and followed older construction workers at four DOE nuclear weapons complex sites. Sites in the study were Savannah River Site (SRS), South Carolina; Hanford near Richland, Wash.; and facilities at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Amchitka, Alaska.

The study indicated Hanford workers were 11 times more likely to develop mesothelioma, and three times more likely to develop multiple myeloma, a cancer found in white blood cells. Additionally, Hanford workers died of asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs resulting from asbestos inhalation, at rates 30 times higher than the general population. The study also found higher rates of deaths from cancers of the trachea, bronchus and lungs among Hanford workers.

According to the report, significantly excess mortality was observed for all cancers, lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis at all four sites studied. Additionally, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was in excess at Oak Ridge and multiple myeloma was in excess at Hanford. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was significantly elevated among workers at the Savannah River Site.

Workers participating in the study, called the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program, were followed to determine their vital status and mortality experience through Dec. 31, 2004. There were 8,976 workers included in the initial screening program, all of whom had participated in the building trades at the sites. Their data was gathered between 1998 and 2004, and compared to the National Death Index.

Approximately 31 percent of the people in the study – or close to 3,000 workers – had done construction work at the Hanford facility. Since the beginning of the study, 266 Hanson workers had passed away, and 94 of those deaths were attributed to cancer. That number reflects 14 more cancer deaths than would be expected in the general U.S. population.

According to its web site, the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program was developed to identify health problems caused by hazardous substances that workers may have been exposed to while working on a Department of Energy site. It is led by the CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training, in Washington, D.C. The consortium includes the University of Cincinnatie Medical Center (), Duke University Medical Center (N.C.), and Zenith Administrators, Inc., Seattle, Wash. The program is sponsored by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO and endorsed by various state and local Building and Construction Trades Councils.

Additional sources:

Seattle PI
Aiken Standard
The News Tribune


Meso widow donates $3000 for walking trail in memory of her husband

31 Aug 2009 by under News, People

It seems that I am surrounded by stories of strong women who are enduring the loss of their husbands as a result of mesothelioma. In the middle of last week, I had lunch with my friend Cheryl Cotton, in Anniston, Ala., who lost her dear husband, Virgil, to mesothelioma three years ago. She and I met at the Meso Symposium in , D.C., in June and have been corresponding by email ever since, but it was a treat to get to visit her in person. I’ll be featuring her story on this site in September, during the week leading up to Mesothelioma Awareness Day, on Sept. 26.

I was also contacted by a woman in Texas, who hoped that I could put her in touch with another woman who had lost her husband to mesothelioma. Her anniversary was approaching, and she needed to reach out to someone who would understand. Of course Cheryl willingly contacted her to lend an ear.

Then, on Friday I posted a story about a photographer in Australia, Chris Ireland, who has created an exhibition of stunning images of mesothelioma widows, called Breathe. The fourteen portraits capture the sadness and strength of these suffering ladies, and also hope to capture a bit of the men they loved. Ireland spent two years on the project, becoming closely acquainted with each of the ladies he photographed. I contacted Chris and was delighted to learn that he does have plans to bring the exhibit to the UK and to the U.S. in the coming months, and I hope that myMeso can be a part of that. I will keep you posted.

Next, I came across a story in the Morgan County Herald, a community newspaper based in McConnelsville, Ohio, which featured the story of Karen Huffman, who recently donated $3,000 to her area Kiwanis-Jaycees for the construction of a new walking trail at the community park in Malta in honor of her late husband, Danny, who passed away from mesothelioma on July 31, 2006, just four months after his diagnosis.

According to the report in the Herald, Mrs. Huffman says her husband most enjoyed his daily walks, not just for exercise, but as his quiet time to commune with God. She said he walked two or three miles each day except Sunday. It was during one of these walks that he became breathless, and unable to make it back to his home. At that point, she says, he couldn’t deny something was terribly wrong.

“Danny would have been the first walker on that trail,” the Herald quotes Mrs. Huffman as saying about the new park.

I wonder, as I read this latest news, why it seems there are so many stories of this kind around me now. Have they always been there, but my work with mesothelioma has made them more visible to me? I hope that it means that there is more awareness in the United States, and around the world, of mesothelioma, and the dangers of the asbestos that causes it.

I hope, somehow, that this site can make connections or provide the news that will bring some sort of ease, or at least a sense of community, of not being alone. It is a terrible sisterhood these women share. But perhaps just knowing there is someone else who understands will bring a small measure of comfort.