Last Thursday night, after announcing to her Facebook network that she was entering hospice care, hundreds, and at this point, thousands of Facebook users, changed their profile picture to the iconic symbol of Janelle’s fight against mesothelioma: the Wonder Woman logo. Janelle’s stoic attitude, despite several major surgeries and countless chemotherapy treatments, earned her the reputation of Wonder Woman among friends and family, and now even with strangers who read about her story online.
On June 3, Janelle, with her husband Andrew and 10 year-old son Carson by her side, was honored by the Mayor of Rushville, IN, where she lives, with a city medallion and proclamation declaring June 6 of every year as the “Janelle Bedel ‘Wonder Woman’ Day“.
Since then, she has also been featured in several news stories.
But that’s not all. With her friends and family, Janelle has already been a part of several fundraisers, and on June 19th, the Corner Restaurant in Rushville, IN will be donating 20% of its proceeds to benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
Despite having been dealt such a difficult hand, Janelle has traveled across the United States, from Florida, to Washington, DC, to Las Vegas, NV, to New York City to fundraisers and awareness events. She has raised thousands in funding for research to honor her friend Larry Davis, who lost his battle against mesothelioma almost two years ago. Her recurring cancer has not stopped her from attending the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s conferences and meeting with Senators Coats and Donnelly and former Senator Lugar’s staffers, pleading for increased research funding for mesothelioma. She also played a key role in getting a resolution passed designating Sept. 26th as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.