Stories of Survival

Al Schwartz
As a mesothelioma survivor, Albert Schwartz has already beaten the odds. He’s lived longer than anyone expected, but he has good reason to want more. The incentive is there. Her na[…] Read Al's Story
Michael Cole
My mesothelioma journey has been difficult at times, but I try to remain positive. I returned home from having mesothelioma surgery a week or so after getting out of the ICU. The f[…] Read Michael's Story
Michael Cole
My story begins at the end of April 2015, when I went to my general practitioner’s office because of a cough and an unusual lack of energy. I thought maybe I was coming down with a[…] Read Michael's Story
Tamron Little
Over the last year, I have been able to shine a spotlight on mesothelioma on a national level – especially when I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Cancer Moonshot Fo[…] Read Tamron's Story
Tamron Little, peritoneal mesothelioma survivor

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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emily ward

Survivor Feature: Emily Ward

Emily Ward spent her career helping others as a nurse for 43 years. She put her medical expertise and personal experience as a 10-year pleural mesothelioma survivor to work as contributing writer and webinar guest. Ward answered questions, guided patients and their loved ones and discussed her mesothelioma treatment journey. She died in May 2022.

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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.
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. Read Doug's Story
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. Read Charles's Story
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. Read Ron's Story
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. Read Tina's Story