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.

Melanie Ball
Caregiver
As a counseling student, I am intrigued with the inner workings of the human mind. The strength and resilience of the human species — even in the face of death — fascinates me. Bec[…]
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Don B.
Survivor
Mesothelioma survivor Don Berlin just doesn’t sit very well, living instead by the words of wisdom his doctor said two days after his aggressive surgery — “Don’t stop l[…]
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Ellis Gill
Survivor
Mesothelioma survivor Ellis Gill never felt so good about a round of golf. There were no thunderous drives, no long birdie putts and not many pars along the way, but he walked off[…]
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Andy Ashcraft
Survivor
Mesothelioma survivor Andy Ashcraft unexpectedly took on the role of caregiver Sunday morning when his wife and caregiver, Ruth Ashcraft, collapsed at an American Cancer Society Re[…]
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Linda Chitwood
Caregiver
Linda Chitwood is one of the unsung heroes, an often forgotten warrior in the horror of asbestos-related cancer. She is a caregiver, a life she was dealt almost nine years ago when[…]
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Melanie Cruse
Caregiver
Melanie Cruse ran the grueling Boston Marathon last month with an inspiring breeze at her back, lifting her through each hill she climbed and every stride she took. Her father, Dua[…]
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Mary Lyons
Survivor
Mesothelioma survivor Mary Lyons flew to Paris earlier this month accompanied by her two most prized possessions — a juicer and a border collie named Kailani. Together, they will k[…]
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Sallie Morton
Survivor
Sallie Morton has been known for years as the “Party Girl” at California’s The Terraces of Los Gatos retirement community, and she uses any excuse to uncork the celebratory champag[…]
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Lorraine Kember
Caregiver
I was 14 when my school pal introduced me to her 18-year-old cousin, Brian Kember. It didn’t take long for me to realize he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
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Mike T.
Survivor
Mike T. is not a man to take things lying down. Diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in Oct. 2011, he takes the disease in stride and refuses to let the cancer take control of his l[…]
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