Please note: any Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting names submitted after December 15 will be added to the list on or before March 31, 2016. Click here to submit a name for the 2015 Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting List
Posted on October 29, 2015
The 2015 Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting Tradition
My wonderful Mom, Jill “Jillypoo” Vaughn, courageously battled mesothelioma for almost 20 years. Best known for her comforting words and posts about the latest research on the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) Mesothelioma listserve, she was the rock of strength and optimism for patients and families around the world. In addition to her wit and wisdom, my mom believed it was so important remembering friends and strangers who lost their battles with mesothelioma. Last year, my mom became a songbird in the heaven.
Candle lighting was so important to Mom. She began an international list of Warriors to log when patients were diagnosed and sadly, if they passed away.
Since she was not the most computer savvy person so in 2009 from her hospital bed, she asked Linda Reinstein, cofounder of ADAO, to take over her December 28 and January 4 candle lighting tradition. Together with Julie Burns, Linda managed my Mom’s tradition and the 2015 list has nearly 900 names. Click here to view the 2014 – 2015 Mesothelioma Warriors List.
There are two Mesothelioma Warrior candle lightings. The first, on December 28, is in loving memory Warriors who have lost their battle and the second candle lighting, on January 4, is in honor and support of Mesothelioma Warriors who continue to battle.
Any Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting names submitted after December 15 will be added to the list on or before March 31, 2016. Click here to submit a name for the 2015 Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting List
Special thanks also to Julie and Linda for continuing my Mother’s candle lighting tradition. As the founder of the candle lighting tradition, it is so hard to see my Mother now on the “loving memory” list. I miss her dearly. I’m sure we all do.
In memory of my mom, Jill, Mom,