Mesothelioma Survivors

These strong men and women pushed the limits of their endurance and lived years beyond their life expectancies. Enjoy their stories and let them inspire hope.
Colonel Doug Thomas and wife Tiffany
Doug Thomas
Pleural Mesothelioma Survivor
Colonel Doug Thomas is prepared for the fight of his life, a pleural mesothelioma survivor battling cancer with a resolve that has made him one of the most inspirational officers in the U.S. Army today.
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Charles and Sharon Wood
Charles Wood
Pleural Mesothelioma Survivor
Charles Wood is a mesothelioma survivor with a can-do attitude. He has high praise for thoracic surgeon Dr. Jacques Fontaine and the team at Moffitt Cancer Center who oversaw his multidisciplinary treatment.
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Mesothelioma survivor Ron Green with his youngest daughter
Ron Green
Pleural Mesothelioma Survivor
Mesothelioma survivor Ron Green walked his daughter down the aisle in a beautiful wedding ceremony three years after being diagnosed, a testament to the effectiveness of novel treatments at clinical trials.
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Mesothelioma survivor Tina Herford
Tina Herford
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survivor
Tina Herford is a survivor in the truest sense of the word, first overcoming breast cancer and then pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma to become a beacon of hope for all. She is proof that miracles do happen.
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Watch Mesothelioma Survivors Share Their Stories

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Survivor Shares Her Mesothelioma Cancer Journey

Watch: Tamron Little tells her story of being diagnosed with mesothelioma, finding a mesothelioma specialist and enjoying life after treatment.

Mesothelioma Survivor Shares Experience with the Mesothelioma Center

Watch: Patricia and Coolidge Hargrett explain the impact that mesothelioma had on their family and the steps they took to fight the disease.

Pleural Mesothelioma Survivor Describes Navy Asbestos Exposure

Watch: John and Pat Conway talk about John’s exposure to asbestos in the U.S. Navy and finding hope after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Tamron Little, mesothelioma survivor and expert contributor

Survivor Feature: Tamron Little

Tamron Little is a peritoneal mesothelioma survivor, a mother of four and an ordained minister. She participates in awareness campaigns, such as Miles for Meso, shares her blogs about her personal story at, answers questions and connects with fellow survivors and their families in webinars. Her personal experiences have fueled her mesothelioma advocacy.
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Tamron's Story

When I was first told I had peritoneal mesothelioma, I pictured the day when I would be cancer free. I’m not sure if…
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Connect with Mesothelioma Survivors and Loved Ones

Emily Ward, pleural mesothelioma survivor

Survivor Feature: Emily Ward

Emily Ward has spent her career helping others as a nurse for 43 years and now as a pharmacy tech. She puts her medical expertise and personal experience as a 10-year peritoneal mesothelioma survivor to work as contributing writer and webinar guest. Ward answers questions, helps connect patients and their loved ones and discusses her mesothelioma treatment journey.
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Emily's Story

Emily Ward, a retired registered nurse, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2012. She hopes to inspire other survivors with her decade-long journey with mesothelioma.
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More Stories of Hope

Discover the stories of mesothelioma survivors across the nation who defied the odds by trying new cancer treatments, keeping their faith alive, traveling and spending quality time with family and other loved ones.

Daniel McCarthy
Mesothelioma survivor Daniel McCarthy has better things to do than sit at home lamenting his future with pleural mesothelioma cancer. The sky is still his limit. The free-spirited[…]
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Kevin Sinyard
Kevin Sinyard, a mesothelioma survivor, was back on the boat in the Florida Keys, once again joining family for the lobster harvesting season they enjoy so much. His role may have[…]
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Doug Jackson
Pleural mesothelioma may have pushed Doug Jackson into an early retirement – abruptly ending the teaching and coaching career he loved – but it didn’t stop him from living with a p[…]
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Charles Wood
Charles Wood wasn’t about to just sit back and accept the often overwhelming, gloom-and-doom diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Not after spending a lifetime making thing[…]
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