It is with great sadness that we announce to the community the loss of two public figures who died this past week of malignant mesothelioma. Jocelyn Farrar, DNP was a member of our Board of Directors and widely known throughout the community for her work on behalf of mesothelioma patients, both raising awareness and critical research funds to help us win the war on meso. A vibrant young woman, Jocelyn, following her EPP returned to the gym as well as the classroom where she educated the next generation of nurses. Jocelyn recently completed a video where she discussed those challenges of living with this disease and the need for more effective treatment options. Her video will be made available to the mesothelioma community in the coming weeks. A memorial service is planned to take place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD, as Jocelyn was a loyal baseball fan. You may remember Jocelyn from this appeal that she wrote a few years ago.
William Lindsay was a New York assemblyman who died after a 20 month battle with mesothelioma. Despite the illness, and following his EPP, Bill remained active and continued to fulfill his duties as County Legislator and the Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature. He was dedicated to his constituents and his service was acknowledged by the 800 mourners who attended his memorial. Bill and his family have been active in raising awareness and used his political connections to help educate the public about mesothelioma and the need for research funding. His family will continue to fight on behalf of mesothelioma patients despite this tragic loss. More about Mr. Lindsay can be found in this article.
We wish to offer our sincere condolences to these families and all families who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma. We will honor their memory by telling their stories and raising awareness of the desperate need for research to find a cure.