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Wyoming Hospice Nurse Takes Top Prize in Mesothelioma Scholarship Contest

In her winning essay, Sally Whelan shared her personal story of losing her father to the asbestos cancer and her plans for becoming a paramedic. NEW YORK –MesotheliomaHelp.org is proud to award Wyoming hospice nurse Sally Whelan with the first-place prize in the cancer organization’s annual Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship contest. Sally was awarded $2,500 to pay for tuition as she pursues her goal of becoming a paramedic and continuing to help people in need. In her prize-winning essay, “My Father, A Hero,” Sally shared the story of her father, a World War II veteran and a captain in the Merchant Marines, who died from pleural mesothelioma when she was 17. A strong and brave man, her father struggled to keep the disease a secret from Sally and her sisters, but his suffering was all too clear. Watching her father try to cope with the pain of the asbestos cancer ultimately led to Sally’s career as a hospice nurse. In her job, Sally is able to help alleviate her pa…

MesotheliomaHelp.org Awards 4 Students with $5,000 Total in Scholarships

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Students from across the country competed with essays sharing personal stories and goals for raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos. NEW YORK – As one of the top resources for mesothelioma patients across the United States, Mesothelioma Help Cancer Organization is proud to support ambitious college students in their efforts to raise awareness of this devastating asbestos disease. Recently, the cancer organization awarded four scholarships worth a total of $5,000 to bright young people who shared their stories as part of the organization’s annual essay contest. The Jan Egerton & Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarships are awarded each year to deserving students in colleges and universities across the United States. The scholarship contest is named after two much-admired mesothelioma warriors who put up a brave fight against the deadly asbestos cancer. Out of dozens of heartfelt and well-researched essay entries, these four students took home the top prizes: 1st Place $2,500 Winn…