HONORING JANELLE BEDEL; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 86
(Extensions of Remarks - June 17, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                         HONORING JANELLE BEDEL


                            HON. LUKE MESSER

                               of indiana

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, June 17, 2013

  Mr. MESSER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and recognize the 
powerful voice of Janelle Bedel of Rushville, Indiana.
  Janelle Bedel was diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma on May 1st of 
2007. Since her diagnosis, and throughout her treatments, Janelle has 
been a tireless and strong messenger for mesothelioma and asbestos 
awareness. Mesothelioma is a cancer most commonly caused by exposure to 
asbestos fibers.
  In recognition for Janelle's advocacy efforts in the community, the 
City of Rushville designated June 6th, 2013 as Janelle Bedel ``Wonder 
Woman'' Day. The city will also embrace Janelle's message on the urgent 
need for additional asbestos awareness by recognizing September 26th as 
Mesothelioma Awareness Day, which will coincide with the National 
Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
  In addition, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is joining 
in the recognition for Janelle's online and community awareness efforts 
by awarding her with the organization's Alan Reinstein Award, which is 
the highest honor ADAO presents. The ADAO works to eliminate asbestos 
disease through national education and advocacy efforts.
  I ask the 6th Congressional District and entire State of Indiana to 
join me in keeping Janelle and her family in our thoughts and prayers 
and in celebration of her continued efforts to raise awareness among 
our communities about the impact of this disease.