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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.

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Alyssa Hankus
Survivor
Diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma at age 15, Alyssa Hankus’ adolescence was anything but normal. She missed nearly her entire freshman year of high school and spent much of h[…]
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Judy Goodson
Survivor
Judy Goodson met her mesothelioma diagnosis with uncommon optimism. Instead of focusing on the prognosis or worst case scenario, she thoroughly researched the rare cancer. She was[…]
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Lorraine Kember
Caregiver
Mesothelioma is a cruel disease. As I watched it slowly rob my fit and healthy 52-year-old husband, Brian, of everything he had loved about his life — including the simple pleasure[…]
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Jim Madaris
Survivor
Mesothelioma survivor Jim Madaris doesn’t worry about tomorrow anymore. He is too busy enjoying today, savoring triumphs large and small. He already has won this fight. Madar[…]
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Yvette King
Survivor
Cancer survivor Yvette King was not about to take a pleural mesothelioma diagnosis sitting down. As an avid runner, she credits her survivorship to exercise, God and becoming her o[…]
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Cindy Christopher
Survivor
In one of their last conversations before her 10-hour operation, Cindy Christopher and Dr. James Pingpank talked about roller coasters. She was determined to ride again. He promise[…]
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Chris Gibney
Survivor
Four years after his pleural mesothelioma diagnosis, Chris Gibney started building the home he always wanted. That’s confidence. This month — 12 years after his diagnosis — he and[…]
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Russell Lamkins
Survivor
Russell Lamkins is in a race against time, hoping to finish the extensive renovation of his waterfront home in southwest Florida before pleural mesothelioma closes the door. He lik[…]
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Diana Saunders
Survivor
Mesothelioma survivor Diana Saunders works out at her local YMCA for at least an hour most days, stretching, walking, lifting and sweating. She travels, dances and laughs. She ador[…]
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Karen Frantz
Survivor
Karen Frantz met her peritoneal mesothelioma cancer diagnosis in 2015 with little emotion. “I’m already a survivor. The diagnosis didn’t really faze me as much,” she said. “My whol[…]
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