father’s day

Remembering our Dad on Father’s Day

by Aria and Bella Bendix, Rising Leaders Council, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. In memory of Ken Bendix, their father.
Father’s Day is a complicated day for the two of us. Every year as the third week in June approaches and the TV floods with Father’s Day commercials, or “Gifts for Dad” begin to appear in the […]

Calling Him Dad: What My Father Meant to Me

by Jennifer Gelsick
When I was asked to write about my Dad, I struggled with it. I wasn’t sure where I should start. My father, Donald Edward Smitley, was born on April 25, 1956. He was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma on January 30, 2012 and fought as he lived, with faith, grace, and love, until he […]

“Daddy’s Little Girl”

This Sunday is Father’s Day.  A day that is so hard for many of us. The date on the calendar stares back at me, as I recall fond memories of an amazing man- my father, Lance S. Ruble.
My father was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in August 2007. His life, our life as a family would […]