We are incredibly saddened to share that Meso Foundation Board member, and beloved friend to the entire meso community, June Breit's flame of love and light was finally extinguished by meso early yesterday morning. She declined quickly the past few days, was heavily sedated, and went with little pain.
In true June fashion, she was caring for others right to the end. She left her husband Howard a large red binder instructing him on everything from her wishes for her burial to how to care for the cats, do the laundry and get the groceries. As a Board member, just last week she was participating vigorously in fundraising discussions and directing our attention to the asbestos catastrophe in Ambler, PA.
There are really no words to describe how much June meant to us as friend, wise counselor, co-worker, and zealot in the mission, nor for the irreplaceable hole she leaves behind. I think she would want us all to remember that every day of life is a precious gift, to love those close to us a little more tenderly, and to do what we can to make the world around us a better place. I know she was profoundly grateful to be part of such an amazing community, to care for and be cared for by so many of you, and to be part of our mission. It gave meaning, comfort and purpose to her otherwise senseless and cruel illness. We are inspired by her words at the Symposium, "Whether or not I go on that memorial wall, I want us all to work so that someday there is no wall."
June’s flame was only extinguished physically. In our hearts and souls, it will burn forever.
Christopher E. Hahn
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
(877) End Meso (363.6376) toll free