Posts Tagged ‘Video’

Remembering Warren Zevon, 1947-2003

5 Sep 2008 by under People

Sunday, Sept. 7, is the fifth anniversary of Warren Zevon’s death. The Grammy award-winning composer and musican, who penned such popular tunes as “Werewolves of London,” passed away in 2003 from mesothelioma, at age 56.

The following videos are from Zevon’s last appearance on the David Letterman show in October 2002, where he was the only guest for the program, a tribute to his life and work. During the interview with Letterman, Zevon quipped that facing death had taught him to “enjoy every sandwich,” a reminder to savor each moment of life.

These videos provide a wonderful portrait of this talented musician. He is greatly missed.

Warren Zevon’s son, Jordan, also a talented musician, is an active advocate for mesothelioma and awareness, and spokesperson for the Awareness Organization.

‘Last Lecture’ professer has passed away

25 Jul 2008 by under News

In the first days of writing this blog, I linked to a very inspirational video by Dr. Randy Pausch, popularly called . Pausch, a 47-year-old Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, and created the lecture to inspire others to make the most of the time they have here on earth.

Based on the idea of “living your childhood dreams,” the lecture is a reflection on what would be most important to a person if they had to choose the last talk of their life – the things they would want to share with others.

Dr. Pausch passed away today, at the age of 47. He is survived by his wife, Jai, and their three children, Dylan, Logan and Chloe; his mother, Virginia Pausch of Columbia, Md.; and a sister, Tamara Mason of Lynchburg, Va.

Please take the time to watch this video. I hope that it inspires you to live your dreams.

Atkinson conquers U.S. Open course

16 Jun 2008 by under Events, News, People

I hope everyone had the chance to watch John Atkinson play the U.S. Open golf course at Torrey Pines, , as part of a celebrity foursome with NBC Today Show anchor Matt Lauer, Dallas Cowboy player and entertainer Justin Timberlake. The event was broadcast on NBC Sports on Sunday, Father’s Day.

I’ve posted about John several times on this site. He was selected by the readers of Golf Digest magazine to participate in this first-ever celebrity foursome event. Diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, John used the event as a chance to raise awareness about lung cancer and to inspire those with the diagnosis to keep meeting the challenges of everyday life, and taking advantage of life’s unique opportunities.

This morning, Matt Lauer interviewed John and his brother, Kevin, who caddied for his big brother on the last hole in an emotional show of support. Watch the video at

In addition to this video, the Lung Cancer Alliance has the first part of what will be a multi-part documentary about John’s battle against Lung Cancer up on its site. John is a spokesperson for the organization. Watch the first episode at the LCA web site.

John has made it his mission to raise awareness about lung cancer, with the hopes of increasing funding for research and treatment. His campaign gives hope to everyone who battles lung cancer in its many forms, including those fighting mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs. Thank you, John, for your willingness to go that extra mile!

Lung cancer survivor to play on U.S. Open course

7 May 2008 by under Events, News, People

atkinson 150x150 Lung cancer survivor to play on U.S. Open courseGolf Digest magazine announced John Atkinson, a stage IV lung cancer survivor, has been selected to play as part of a celebrity foursome at Torrey Pines, the same course played by the pros at this year’s U.S. Open. Atkinson will play with NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, and recording artist . The event will be broadcast on NBC Sports on Sunday, June 15, from 2-3 p.m. (ET), in the hour leading into NBC’s broadcast of the final round.

Atkinson was selected from more than 56,000 entries, voted on by the magazine’s readers. Never a smoker, he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer a little more than a year ago at age 38. He hopes to use the golf event as an opportunity to raise for lung cancer funding and research.

In a press release from the Lung Cancer Alliance, which urged its members and supporters to vote for Atkinson, he is quoted as saying, “The game of golf to me is living. I am going out there to enjoy the golf course, to play a great round and to give hope to those who are faced with life threatening illnesses. If I can beat America’s deadliest cancer, then I can definitely break 100 [at Torrey Pines]. It’s going to be a great day, an emotional day, and I can’t wait.”

Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer, taking more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.

To enter the contest, Atkinson submitted a 100-word essay describing why he could break 100 at Torrey Pines. Once being chosen as a finalist, he received more than 48,000 of the 117,000 votes cast in the first U.S. Open Contest, conducted by Golf Digest, the United States Golf Association, and NBC Sports. You can watch a video interview with Atkinson and read other features about the foursome at Golf Digest online.

Is there a bright side of mesothelioma?

28 Apr 2008 by under Events, Organizations

lung plush toy med.thumbnail Is there a bright side of mesothelioma?As part of my work to raise awareness about mesothelioma, other asbestos related diseases and lung cancer, I talk to a lot of people facing these diagnoses. I also read a lot of message boards and forums that deal with these issues and provide a sounding board for patients, families, caregivers and even medical professionals working in this field.

A couple of the best forums, in my opinion, are the Lung Cancer Alliance Survivors Support Community, and the many forums sponsored by the LUNGevity Foundation. Recently, both groups have been tackling a difficult topic – how to find joy in daily living when faced with a diagnosis that is often grim.

They ask, “what is the positive side of lung cancer? IS there a positive side?”

Many people credit the forums themselves as a positive, providing a network of new friends, and helping them to find a place where they can be uplifted by other people’s stories of success. They say forums like these help them find relief by sharing their own fears and finding answers to their questions, and by helping them learn they are not alone.

Many echo each other in their feeling that their experience with cancer has taught them to value each day, and not to wait for tomorrow to accomplish goals. That surely would be a blessing for all of us to learn, wouldn’t it?

Some lung cancer survivors handle their challenges with humor. Yesterday I mentioned Debbie, who lives in the UK, who started her own web site about her battle with mesothelioma, and who nicknamed her tumor “Theo,” and provides reports on his condition and sometimes addresses him personally in her blog.

A poster on the LUNGevity forum recently found the humor in a YouTube video, in which two teenage girls spoof a Justin Timberlake rap song, “My Love,” with their own version, “My Lung,” in which they express their affection for their lung health. It seems they made the as part of a high school health project.

On a similar track, a friend who knows I write about lung cancer sent me a link to an odd little web site called “I Heart Guts,” which features, among other things, plush toys and t-shirts depicting happy, smiling internal organs, including a shirt bearing the slogan “I Lung You.”

What about you? If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos disease or lung cancer, or if you are helping a family member or friend, how do you find peace and inspiration? What helps you?

One of the things I’d like for this site to do is to provide a resource for people struggling with , and a place to network and share ideas. Post your story to the Map, or leave a comment to let me know what inspires you. Tell me if there’s another forum you like, or a web site with good information that I should add to my page’s blog roll.

This site is here for you.

Asbestos in CSI toy sparks lawsuits

16 Apr 2008 by under Legal, Organizations

Public Justice recently filed suit in federal and California state courts against CBS Broadcasting, Inc., Planet Toys, Inc., and several retail manufacturers in response to their production and marketing of toy kits containing asbestos. Asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, a deadly lung cancer, as well as other cancers, asbestosis and pulmonary fibrosis.

CBS licenses the toy, which is based on its popular CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ™ television program. Planet Toys is the manufacturer.

According to a Public Justice press release, the federal complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that CBS and Planet Toys were negligent in their quality control measures and that they promoted the CSI toys although they contained a hazardous and potentially lethal carcinogen.

In November 2007, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) released results of a study of a number of products, including the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ™ Fingerprint Examination Kit. It was found that the CSI toy’s fingerprinting powder contained asbestos. The fingerprinting powder containing asbestos also can be found in related CSI toy kits, the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ™ Field Kit and the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ™ Forensic Lab Kit.

The story was covered in the news media, including CNN, in December 2007. On Feb. 21 CNN did a follow-up report and noted that the Planet Toys had not yet issued a recall.

Public Justice reports that in a meeting including representatives from ADAO, CBS and Planet toys in December 2007, CBS and Planet Toys agreed to remove some of the toys from store shelves, and to work with Public Justice to further test the toys. However, Public Justice reports that months later, there has been no joint testing, Planet Toys continues to deny the products contain asbestos, and there has been no recall.

The Public Justice press release quotes Linda Reinstein, executive director of ADAO, who says, “Our pleas for the companies to do the right thing have fallen on deaf ears. It is unacceptable and unnecessary to have asbestos in toys, and especially in powder form, its most dangerous state. Most Americans falsely believe asbestos has been banned, but our recent product testing results prove asbestos remains a threat to public health.”

The federal complaint is a class action suit that asks the defendants to “provide refunds to consumers, pay for asbestos testing of toys that have been opened, and pay for appropriate medical treatment for consumers who have been exposed to asbestos,” according to the release. The state lawsuit “seeks civil penalties for violations of the law, in addition to injunctive relief.

Read the full text of the Public Justice press release here. This site also contains links to the federal and California state complaints.

Public Justice is a membership-supported law firm with more than 3,500 members, comprised of trial lawyers, other attorneys, and public interest advocates worldwide.

ADAO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of “asbestos awareness, education, advocacy, prevention, support and a cure.”

Canada blocks asbestos ban

3 Apr 2008 by under Events, News, Video

A video produced by “” reports on a recent development that shocked many people, when Canada refused to ban asbestos as part of a national toxic trade treaty (The Rotterdam Convention).The treaty creates a list of harmful chemicals that companies cannot export without “informed consent” from the receiving country. Chrysotile asbestos was on the list of items to be included as banned as toxic substances. Canada (along with 5 other countries) blocked the inclusion of Chrysotile asbestos. Chrysotile is one of the three main kinds of asbestos mined.Canada has traditionally been one of the largest exporters of asbestos (mainly to third-world countries, like India).At the recent Asbestos Day conference, I leanred there is a huge argument in the asbestos industry, where they are trying to say that Chrysotile asbestos isn’t “as dangerous” or dangerous at all, because its shape is different than the other two main forms of mined asbestos, amosite and crocidolite.This video says that Canada’s refusal to ban asbestos is tied to its concern that by acknowledging asbestos’ danger, the government will be responsible for the hundreds of thousands of people in Canada that are now sick with asbestos disease (not to mention people unemployed by mine closures), which is a huge number in areas where these asbestos mines were located, and in the industrial areas where asbestos coated equipment, such as in electrical / power generating plants.This video features Barry Castleman, who spoke at the conference, who is an independent consultant in toxic substances control and author of several books, including most recently, Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects.The discussion of what’s going on in Canada was a big part of the conference.This is a great piece.


Early Asbestos Promotional Videos

20 Mar 2008 by under Legal, Video

Wendi found this collection of 1950’s era . They tout the “amazing” properties of this “miracle mineral”. It’s strong, tough, fireproof, water-resistant, doesn’t rot or decay.

However, what they fail to mention is that there is no safe level of asbestos. It merely takes one microscopic fiber to embed itself in your lungs to create serious and lasting health risks. The incredible health risks associated with asbestos exposure were widely known at the time these films were made.

The 1934 Aetna Insurance’s Attorney’s Textbook of Medicine devotes a full chapter to asbestos exposure, noting that asbestosis was ‘incurable’ and usually results in disability followed by .

Also, here is a 1949 internal Exxon memo marked ‘Company Confidential’ which documents lung cancer caused by asbestos.

CSI: Asbestos

29 Feb 2008 by under News

csi fingerprinting kit large.thumbnail CSI: AsbestosCNN has recently produced a segment following up on a story first reported in December, alerting the public to the presence of asbestos in a “:” toy fingerprint kit, based on the popular television show about crime scene investigation. A fingerprinting kit in the toy contains asbestos fibers.

This was also reported by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, in a report released Nov. 28, 2007, about the presence of asbestos in everyday products.

Watch the video, which also features a 35-year-old woman who has mesothelioma, which she contracted from breathing asbestos fibers brought home on her father’s work clothes.

Join the fight against Asbestos Disease

19 Feb 2008 by under Organizations, Video

The () is dedicated to serving as the voice of asbestos victims. They aim to save lives by raising awareness about the widespread use of asbestos, which takes 10,000 lives annually in the United States alone.

Click on the video below to watch a short video about ADAO, and visit them online.