Jim’s Story

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  • Jim’s Story – Chapter 1

    In 2013, Jim Madaris went in for a routine kidney stone scan and came out with only 12 months to live. A series of medical tests had led his doctors to a diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of asbestos-related cancer. As a former pilot and the vice president of project management at […]
  • Jim’s Story – Chapter 2

    Going beyond standard treatment Mesothelioma is notoriously difficult to treat, but Jim had one thing going for him: his cancer had been caught early. He became his own advocate, seeking out the top mesothelioma specialists in the country. At the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, expert surgeons removed his spleen, gall bladder, parts of his colon […]
  • Jim’s Story – Chapter 3

    Living with integrity and grabbing hold of faith Jim had served in the US Navy for 14 years before joining the civilian workforce. Unfortunately, being a Navy veteran is one of the biggest risk factors for mesothelioma because until the 1990s, you couldn’t bang a pipe on a Navy vessel without asbestos dust falling off it. […]
  • Jim’s Story – Chapter 4

    Realizing what really matters Jim once explained, “When I grieved, the only things I grieved about were the times I failed to spend with loved ones.” Much of Jim’s positive attitude today comes from his realization that with the endless climb up the corporate ladder behind him, he can relish each moment he has left with […]