This Memorial Day we celebrated our fallen veterans, honoring their heroic sacrifice for our country. In remembrance, we also recognize a hidden enemy of our veterans, responsible for countless lives lost, asbestos. While we were reflecting on those who gave their lives, another anniversary reminds us that mesothelioma doesn’t discriminate.

On May 27th, 2006, Hollywood actor Paul Gleason passed away from malignant mesothelioma. The culprit suspected for his diagnosis was asbestos exposure from construction sites he worked on as a teenager with his father. Gleason, who was famous for his roles in Die Hard, The Breakfast Club, Trading Places, and made-for-television, full-feature film, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, was 67 years old.

We hope that his story will remind those who may be at risk for asbestos exposure to remain vigilant in protecting themselves  We need to fight back against mesothelioma. As Mr. Gleason so famously said in The Breakfast Club:

“If you mess with the bull, you’ll get the horns.”

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    About the Writer, Chris Carberg

    Chris Carberg is the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for Mesothelioma Guide. His work ranges for managing all content on to being the voice of Mesothelioma Guide on various social media channels. Additionally, Chris works closely with mesothelioma survivors, current patients, and their loved ones as they navigate the waters of this rare disease.