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Toohil Recognizes Hazleton-Area Family’s Loss
Members of a Hazleton-area family were the guests of Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) at the state Capitol on Tuesday. Mary Fatula, Mary Beth Elias and Dawn Fatula Crockford (from left) lost three relatives to mesothelioma. Toohil is the sponsor of a House resolution which designated September as “Mesothelioma Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.  
– Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today recognized the loss suffered by a Hazleton-area family from mesothelioma and called on her House colleagues to work to raise public awareness about the deadly disease. Mary Fatula, Dawn Fatula Crockford and Mary Beth Elias were Toohil’s guests at the state Capitol.

Toohil is the sponsor of House Resolution 957, which designated September as “Mesothelioma Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

“Since treatment options are limited for mesothelioma, and there is currently no known cure, continued research is vitally important,” said Toohil. “I introduced this resolution in the hope that it will increase awareness across the Commonwealth about this aggressive form of cancer.”

Rep. Toohil’s floor remarks:

Toohil dedicated the unanimous passage of her resolution to Michael Fatula, Cindy Elias and Margaret Roman, relatives of her guests who all died of mesothelioma within a few years of each other.

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive asbestos-related cancer that affects the smooth lining of the chest, lungs, heart and abdomen. The most common form of the disease accounts for around 2,500 cases annually in the United States.

Mesothelioma normally takes decades after exposure to asbestos to form and begin presenting symptoms. Diagnosis of the disease can often be difficult since symptoms may be confused with a number of common ailments.

The lack of sufficient research has led to inadequate treatment for those stricken with mesothelioma. The majority of patients die within 12 to 15 months after diagnosis.

“This family knows the tragic effects of this terrible disease firsthand through the brave fight Cindy, Michael and Margaret waged against it,” Toohil said. “They also know about the limited treatment options for mesothelioma patients and the need for more research into finding a cure. This family is here today to help us raise public awareness about mesothelioma in the hope of someday preventing others from going through the great pain they have experienced because of it.”

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Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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