Interviews With Survivors

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Featured Mesothelioma Survivors

These strong men and women pushed the limits of their endurance and lived years beyond their prognosis. Their resilience and stories of hope serve as a testament to others who will follow their path of survival.

Marian Levin with daughter

Marian Levin

Survivor

In 2015, malignant pleural mesothelioma interrupted the 57-year Thanksgiving Day family tradition that Marian Levin loved so much. It broke her heart, but it didn’t break [...]

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Glenn Hovater

Glenn Hovater

Survivor

Glenn Hovater made the jump from Mafia to ministry long before he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, providing the backdrop for the fight of his life. Time moves a lot quicker [...]

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Tom and Joanne Roland

Tom Roland

Survivor

Tom Roland remembers vividly his last checkup with mesothelioma treatment pioneer Dr. David Sugarbaker back in March, almost two years after his aggressive surgery. Sugarbaker [...]

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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.

Emily Ward

Survivor

Emily Ward retired from nursing after 43 years following her pleural mesothelioma diagnosis. But she never stopped helping people. She served on her local community board as [...]

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Mark Martin

Mark Martin

Survivor

Mark Martin has been racing motorcycles for the last 47 years. He sees no reason to stop now. Martin, 58, is a mesothelioma survivor who plans to race this spring at Nelson [...]

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Sissy Hoffman and Dr. David Sugarbaker

Sissy Hoffman

Survivor

Dr. David Sugarbaker left behind a legacy of surgical excellence, groundbreaking advances and unwavering dedication to his patients. Mesothelioma survivor Sissy Hoffman is a [...]

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Randy Jarreau and wife Penelope

Randy Jarreau

Survivor

Randy Jarreau doesn’t spend much time thinking about mesothelioma. He has a life to live. After work on most days, his schedule typically includes his youngest son’s [...]

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John's Story

John Conway, a 19-year Navy veteran, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in July 2012. Surgery to remove the lining around his affected lung, and nine rounds of chemotherapy helped him survive. John walks daily to stay active and looks forward to spending more time fishing. “I've got a lot more living to do,” he says. “A lot more fish to catch.”

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Patricia's Story

Patricia Powell Hargrett learned she had peritoneal mesothelioma in October 2012, and the news shocked her family. As she recovered from surgery and chemotherapy, she received much support from family, friends and neighbors. Now she travels again, gardens and spends time with loved ones. She reminds others with mesothelioma, “Take it one day at a time, moment by moment. We are not in this alone.”

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Jim Huff and his wife

Jim Huff

Survivor

Diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2016, Jim Huff went 15 months with no new tumor growth. His only treatment: A twice-daily dose of CBD oil. When his cancer finally began [...]

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Chris Shelton with wife Tammy

Chris Shelton

Survivor

Mesothelioma survivor Chris Shelton was back on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle — smiling again — just days after being hospitalized for the second time with a life-threatening [...]

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Randy Boudreaux with wife Jeanette

Randy Boudreaux

Survivor

Pleural mesothelioma survivor Randy Boudreaux struggled to catch his breath a year ago when he made the roundtrip walk to the mailbox at the end of the driveway. It felt like [...]

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Kay Kilpatrick-Simmons with grandkids Claire and Scott

Kay Kilpatrick-Simmons

Survivor

Six years after aggressive surgery for pleural mesothelioma, Kay Kilpatrick-Simmons watched proudly as granddaughter Claire crossed the stage at Marymount High School to accept [...]

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