A man who has become one of the longest term survivors of the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma has been honoured along with his wife recently. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer directly linked to exposure to asbestos, and although it can take many decades to manifest following exposure it can then go on to cause death within a matter of months.
Craig Kozicki was diagnosed with the cancer back in 1998 when he was forty two years of age. He was told at that time by his doctor that he only had a matter of months left to live. However, rather than taking this lying down Craig and his wife decided that they would be pro-active and became involved in volunteering for experimental treatments for the cancer.
Eleven years later Craig and his wife have been honoured by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation with the Foundation’s annual Volunteer of the Year Award. The couple has inspired others that are suffering from the same condition, encouraging them to not give up hope by using Craig’s eleven year survival as an example.
They have also become involved in fundraising and have become advocates for other sufferers of the asbestos related cancer. One official said: “Craig and Shelly have been a beacon of hope, and of direct action. They have inspired countless patients and caregivers. They have inspired me personally and all of the Meso Foundation staff and volunteers as we work every day to find a cure for this cruel disease.”