Last week The Southern, a newspaper for Southern Illinois, published a story about a local woman with mesothelioma who has been working diligently to build awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos. Lacey Caraway was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2005. Since then her mesothelioma treatment plan has consisted of three surgeries and six rounds of chemotherapy. She is currently in remission.

Lacey’s story is a testament of courage and resolve. It’s also an important reminder that there’s still much work to be done in the fight to ban asbestos. At the national level, Lacey and her mother are working to help get the bill through Congress to ban asbestos. The Senate passed its version unanimously in October of 2007, and the House version is currently held up in committee.

In Illinois, the pair has asked Murphysboro Republican Mike Bost to help shepherd their resolution through the state’s General Assembly. Gov. Rod Blagojevich has already proclaimed Sept. 26 “Mesothelioma Awareness Day,” but the resolution Bost is presenting on behalf of Graeff and Caraway would make the designation permanent.

Read the full article here.