Michael J. Draper Fund for International Mesothelioma Program Research at Brigham and Women Hospital
On February 17, 2020 at 11:24 AM, Michael J. Draper left behind his earthly vessel, his soul transcended, and his eternal love and energy remain here on Earth within us. After a heroic fight to beat this horrific disease, he passed peacefully and comfortably, free from the incredible pain and labored breaths that the disease induced. His incredible strength was displayed right up through his final human breath.
Though the following was published prior to dad's departure when we began our fundraising efforts, the mission remains the same - to reach the $50,000 goal and have the fund named in dad's memory.
Thank you for your love and support!
Loved Ones -
I've been negligent in publishing this, because I couldn't find the words...but I've found a few...
I pray I can gather up the strength to introduce Mesothelioma more thoughtfully, but dad is growing weary. I want him to feel the comforting energy that I trust you will send him as you read this.
I am watching this shitty disease rob our father of his precious light in the most horrific of ways.
Dad is one (1 ) in the approximate 3,000 other people who were diagnosed with Mesothelioma in 2019. Though dad is my passion for fundraising for Mesothelioma research, I feel responsible to spread the limited Mesothelioma and asbestos facts that I've uncovered in my quest to find a cure for dad.
Are you of the understanding that asbestos is no longer allowed to be used in the United States? I was too. We often associate asbestos and vinyl asbestos floors and think that asbestos is a thing of the past. But in June 2018, the EPA created new avenues for asbestos for a wide range of uses related to manufacturing. How many more people will be tragically exposed to asbestos like dad was?
Did you know that the Twin Towers were built with about 400 tons of asbestos and the EPA showed that asbestos made up approximately 4% of the dust created during the collapse of the Twin Towers with a significant radial span. It has been estimated that of the more than 9,000 people who were heavily exposed to the 9/11 dust, as of 2018 nearly half reported one or more Mesothelioma symptoms and 11% reported three. It usually takes between 20 and 50 years for Mesothelioma to develop after asbestos exposure. We're about at the mark when we will likely experience an uptick in Mesothelioma diagnoses.
We need a cure. There is no greater group to invest in for Mesothelioma research than Dr. Bueno's world-renowned International Mesothelioma Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
** Please be assured that every single penny donated transfers directly to Brigham and Women's Hospital. **
As I close for now, I'm going to attempt to help you understand that, though dad may be one (1) in a mere 3,000 to some, he's number 1 to others. Though "few" are effected, those "few" matter to someone.
Who is the man we are rallying for?
A man who puts "gentle" in *gentle*man.
A person of peace and kindness in every interaction.
The consummate husband, dad, and grampy who never ceased working hard to care for us. He hasn't yet been able to relish the rewards of retirement; he only celebrated his 65th birthday in August. His Mesothelioma was discovered in Spring 2019 and had already ravaged his body by August.
Most importantly, though, our dad is the kindest of humans; speak to those he's interacted with and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn't voluntarily comment on dad's patient, gentle or kind nature - a life achievement few can ever attain.
Please feel free to share a positive thought, prayer, or message to uplift dad. And, if you feel compelled to stand next to our family in the hope for a cure, please donate.
With thoughts of peace, health, and happiness,
The Draper Family