Posted on February 19, 2016
During the past 12 years, ADAO has dedicated more than 100 speeches and briefings to Mesothelioma Warriors. Tuesday’s Senate Staff Briefing “Asbestos: Impact on Consumer Safety, Public Health, and Asbestos Victims’ Civil Rights” will be dedicated to Sarah. Presently, we have staffers from nearly half of our nation attending.
As Mary Anne Radmacher said, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Meet Sarah, a courageous Mesothelioma Warrior
Most 19 year olds have a world and a life ahead of them, filled with rich experiences, college, careers and families, among many other opportunities. Sarah was one of those young adults. She had and does have big plans for herself and her husband and their young son. However, she, like a growing number of young Americans, has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Sarah isn’t exactly sure how or when she was exposed to asbestos. However, when she was a small child she often played in an old, abandoned boxcar near her home. Her dad worked in construction where asbestos dust could have easily been brought home from his clothes after a day on the job.
Sarah is as tough as they come, though. She’s gone through chemotherapy and has had her left lung removed. “I will not let Mesothelioma control my life, I have very high hope and faith. I feel great. I fight for my family and will win this fight,” she said.
ADAO stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Sarah, her family and all Americans who are staying strong in the face of these diseases that have taken such an enormous toll. Far too many young people are falling ill from asbestos-related diseases.
ADAO is dedicating its 2016 conference to Sarah. She is the embodiment for how so many of our heroes display such courage during circumstances no American of any age should ever have to go through.
Together, we make change happen.