This past Saturday, September 26, was Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and people all over the United States spent the day remembering loved ones who are no longer with us. And others were asked to stop and think about mesothelioma and raise awareness for the need to develop effective treatments for it.
A great article in the KCTribune talked about Olathe, Kansas’ observing of Mesothelioma Awareness Day. A woman quoted in the article lost her husband to mesothelioma in 2006 — he was just 65 years old. He had worked as a truck driver and insulation fabricator for a subsidiary company of Owens-Corning Fiberglas. The woman, along with her son and two daughters, planned to wear T-shirts with a photo of him on Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
The woman stressed that she and her family “want people to stop and think,” and that asbestos is still out there. They don’t want other families to experience what they’ve been through.
Michael Copeland, the mayor of Olathe, made a proclamation that called on all citizens to “help raise public awareness of the disease and the need to develop effective treatments for it.” The proclamation talked about how approximately 3,000 Americans die every year from mesothelioma, and how the “use of asbestos in manufacturing, industry and construction has been recognized as the worst occupational health disaster in U.S. history.”
The Importance of Mesothelioma Awareness
The importance of mesothelioma awareness can’t be stressed enough. Families affected by mesothelioma must deal with tremendous pain, suffering and piling medical bills. There is currently no cure for mesothelioma.
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