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Moving forward after a mesothelioma diagnosis is a tremendous act of courage. Since she was first diagnosed in 2006, Julie Gundlach has fought for every day of her life. Nearing the 13th anniversary of her diagnosis, she is still battling and still sharing her amazing story with people across the country. This year, Julie and her family will once again come to Alton, Illinois on September 28 to take part in 11th Annual Alton Miles
The most traumatic part of sexual abuse is recounting it – having to live through it again when all you want to do is move on. You may have been told to stay quiet, or there was nothing you could do. But the truth is you may be able to take powerful legal action now that will allow you move on from your own pain and help protect children today. What is That Happened To…
Asbestos-related diseases have taken the lives of thousands of fathers and grandfathers. This Father’s Day, Simmons Hanly Conroy wants to honor the legacy of those who left loving families behind and wish strength to those who are still fighting this terrible, preventable disease. Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer caused by asbestos. The prognosis for mesothelioma is grim. Treatment options cost a tremendous amount, both physically and financially, and many patients live less than a few…
Asbestos-related diseases have taken the lives of thousands of fathers and grandfathers. This Father’s Day, Simmons Hanly Conroy wants to honor the legacy of those who left loving families behind and wish strength to those who are still fighting this terrible, preventable disease. Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer caused by asbestos. The prognosis for mesothelioma is grim. Treatment options cost a tremendous amount, both physically and financially, and many patients live less than a few…
Almost 12 years ago to the day, in the town of Abu Sarnak, Iraq, then-32-year-old Staff Sargent Travis W. Atkins made an instantaneous decision that would save the lives of three other American soldiers. On a roadside, his combat team was searching insurgent fighters for weapons. Suddenly, one of the men engaged Atkins in hand-to-hand combat. As they struggled, he discovered the man was wearing a suicide vest and trying to detonate it. Atkins fought…
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released information about the “largest prescription opioid enforcement effort ever undertaken.” Armed federal agents carried out search warrants and arrested dozens of medical professionals in connection with the illegal distribution of prescription drugs, a driving factor of the opioid epidemic. It is estimated that more than 130 people die each day in the United States after overdosing on opioids. The takedown was orchestrated by the…
Many people are well aware of the influence powerful corporations have on legislation, but what happens when many of the bills introduced by elected representatives are actually written by lobbyists? Each year, hundreds of bills are drafted by special interest groups with little more than a “fill-in-the-blank” for the legislator to sign. Such bills are then introduced with few, if any substantive changes made. Known as copycat or model legislation, corporate-sponsored bills routinely strike…
As the number of sexual abuse victims continues to grow, Pope Francis finally signed a new Vatican law that at least partially addresses the sexual abuse of children in the Roman Catholic Church. The law only applies to Vatican City and its associated institutions and diplomats. The legislation requires officials in Vatican City to report allegations of sexual abuse directly to the Vatican. Under the new law, the failure to report allegations of abuse will…
The story of how George Dreith III was exposed to asbestos is an all-too-common tragedy. The story of how he responded to his mesothelioma diagnosis is a tale of hope and strength. George’s zest for life and composure during his final year forever marked his Illinois community, who still fight for asbestos prevention each year in his name. George was raised in a hardworking family in Alton, Illinois. His father was an aircraft mechanic,…
In October 2011, at the young age of 29, what Mike Mattmuller thought was just shortness of breath turned out to be a devastating diagnosis: Mike had a rare and aggressive cancer known as mesothelioma. That same year, Mike was one of approximately 3,000 Americans diagnosed with this incurable form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The news hit Mike and his wife, Jessica, hard. Upon diagnosis, many mesothelioma patients have a bleak prognosis, with…