Kevin Morrison of Norwood, Massachusetts, was a young man with a bright future. The 21-year-old graduated from Norwood High School three years ago where he was a star athlete. During his senior year he was captain of both the football and hockey teams. But as Boston.com reports, Kevin’s plans changed in February when he was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma. While there are no details on what caused Kevin’s cancer, exposure to asbestos fibers is the most common cause of mesothelioma.
While many think that asbestos-related diseases only affect the elderly, this tragic story is a reminder that asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma can affect people of any age. The latency period for these diseases is anywhere from 20 to 40 years, meaning that it can take decades for mesothelioma symptoms to develop after the initial exposure to asbestos. But as this young man’s case shows, there is no definite timetable for the conditions caused by this deadly mineral. Exposure to asbestos has been linked to a litany of other diseases, including lung cancer and asbestosis.
Since receiving his devastating mesothelioma diagnosis, Kevin has been treated by doctors at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. According to Morrison’s doctors, he would be better treated using alternative treatments which are sadly not available in Boston. Like many other families with members battling mesothelioma, the Morrison family’s finances have been exhausted by medical bills. If you would like to help, you can donate to Kevin’s Cause, a charity gathering funds to help pay Kevin’s mounting medical bills.
Asbestos does not discriminate by age, gender or race. As we’ve said here time and time again, there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos and surprisingly, this deadly mineral is still legal in the United States. Please join us in our fight to ban asbestos to prevent more tragedies such as this from occurring.