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, Andrew Devine

Andrew Devine is a contributing writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He has developed an interest in educating patients and their families on everything from new treatments to what to expect after diagnosis.