Jan Egerton lost her more than 10-year battle with pleural mesothelioma on January 23, 2014. Through strength, determination and careful research, Jan proved that the disease that doctors told her would take her in just one year could be held at bay long enough to enjoy a full life.
Jan dedicated her life to raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos and to championing the researchers to continue to focus on finding a cure and new treatments for the cancer. Mostly, though, Jan did not want anyone else to suffer the way she and her fellow "warriors" have. Jan wanted others to know that even though the battle against mesothelioma is difficult, others have been through it before and leaning on them is important for survival. "Don't be alone in this battle ... we are all here to help each other," she said.