While it’s mostly hard-working, blue-collar people struck by mesothelioma, due to industrial exposure, asbestos has no cultural or economic barriers. Anyone exposed to asbestos is potentially at risk for the rare cancer.
Here is a look at some influential and famous faces taken by mesothelioma
Jordan served as White House Chief of Staff under President Jimmy Carter after helping manage the campaign to get him elected.
Jordan had three cancers that he survived before he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He survived non-Hodgkins lymphoma, skin cancer, and prostate cancer.
Jordan blamed his mesothelioma on asbestos exposure in the military. He was an active advocate for cancer awareness and founded Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with cancer.
McCann was an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling in the 1960 Olympics. While training for the Olympics, McCann worked at an oil refinery in Oklahoma. He brought home asbestos dust on his clothes every day from work at the same time he was training to win the gold. McCann was diagnosed 40 years later after a successful career as an athlete, coach, and businessman. After he was diagnosed, the Olympian became an outspoken advocate against companies that exposed workers to asbestos.
Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, Jr.
Zumwalt was the youngest-ever U.S. Chief of Naval Operations and was promoted to the position during the Vietnam War.
He was certain his exposure to asbestos came while serving his country aboard Navy ships and on naval bases.
Zumwalt became a passionate anti-cancer advocate after losing his son, at age 42, to cancer that he believed was a result of exposure to Agent Orange during combat.
Zumwalt worked to improve conditions of service for men and women in the Armed Forces until his death.
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As a reality TV star, the world got to know Sean Sasser on The Real World: San Francisco. Sasser also suffered from HIV and was a vocal AIDS activist but lived for more than 25 years with that ailment until he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Sasser and his partner Pedro Zamora were the first openly gay and HIV positive couple on a national TV series. He passed away at age 44 shortly after diagnosis and physicians theorize that the AIDS virus encouraged rapid growth of his mesothelioma cancer.
Archerd was an entertainment columnist for the Associated Press and Variety magazine.
He passed away in 2009 from mesothelioma that he traced back to his Navy service in World War II.
Archerd was a champion of social causes and protested the blacklisting of Communist writers in the 1950s.
He also worked for Holocaust awareness for the Simon Weisenthal Center and won Newsman of the Year from the Publicists Association.
He struggled with mesothelioma for two years before his death.
Rudolph was an architect in the American modernism movement and died at 78 from mesothelioma.
He was chair of the Yale School of Architecture and designed the Art and Architecture building there.
Rudolph was widely influential over the general direction of architecture in the 1960s and was known for designing textured concrete buildings.
Like many others on this list of influencers, Rudolph served in the Navy designing ships, where asbestos was commonly used.
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