While asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma usually take so long to manifest themselves that most victims are over the age of 50, Kevin Morrison, a 21-year-old resident of Norwood, MA, is proving to be a rare exception to the rule as he battles mesothelioma.
Morrison, the captain of Norwood High School’s football and hockey teams when he graduated in 2008, was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in February. He has since begun treatments at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and has more recently gotten involved in alternative treatments that his doctors hope will be more effective.
Fundraisers have already been set up to aid his family as they try to pay off the mounting medical bills for the treatments.
Morrison’s story seems to unfortunately mirror that of Austin Lacy, an 18-year-old who passed away from mesothelioma complications in June who had recently graduated from Pasadena High School in California. Like Morrison, Lacy was a star of his school’s football team and had doctors confused as to how he developed the rare asbestos-related cancer so quickly.
We here at Asbestos.net wish Kevin the best of luck, and send our condolences to the Lacy family as well.
For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer that can be linked to asbestos exposure caused by a product or former employer, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to learn more about your rights, and to see if pursuing a mesothelioma settlement is in your best interest.