Travis Adam Womack (my late brother-in-law) fought a strong and courageous battle with Mesothelioma at the young age of 37. We lost him to this horrific type of cancer on August 9th 2014. Travis was born and raised in Prescott Arizona with his younger brother Dallas Ryan (my husband). They both grew up to love adopting kitty cats, producing home made music videos, playing Billy Joel on repeat, disc golfing at Kleinman Park, collecting garbage pail kids and eating bean burritos (especially from Taco Bell). Among many achievements, Travis had built his own successful business and had become a father not long before he passed.
My time with Travis in relation to his 37 years on this planet was brief yet memorable. I met him in March 2013 (shortly after I met Dallas Ryan) and by August 2014 I was saying goodbye. Travis and I didn’t just have our initials in common. We are both quite reserved and at times unapproachable (dare I say it) but underneath our protective armor is a teddy bear’s heart. This recognition in each other allowed us to bond in such a short time. We enjoyed picnics at the Santa Maria river, jeeping through Wolf Creek, many Mexican meals out, parties at Aunt Jan’s, a family vacation at the Firesky in Scottsdale and Sunday pizzas at his house. Most of all he put up with my incessant nagging about living in Prescott and my home cooked British dinners! I always wanted to have a brother-in-law and I was lucky to have gained another brother in Travis.
Nothing can possibly prepare someone for life after the death of a loved one. There are no words to describe the pain that my husband and Inlaws endured with his passing. Grieving for the past with him and for the future without him. So I am running for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation at the Sunset Half Marathon in NYC on August 4th 2018, 5 days before the 4th year anniversary of Trav’s passing. My hope is that the money and the awareness raised through this run will highlight the crucial research needed to find a cure so that families can avoid having to say goodbye to their loved ones. I also want to give support and hope to the victims fighting this cancer to let them know they are not alone in this journey. MARF's focus is to fund the high quality mesothelioma research projects from around the world. Help mesothelioma patients connect with national mesothelioma experts and obtain the most up-to-date information on treatment options. Advocate in Washington D.C. for federal mesothelioma research funding to stop this national tragedy. For more information on Mesothelioma and the charity please go to www.curemeso.org
Travis is survived my his parents, brother, step sisters, son and the rest of his loving family. He is missed everyday. Gone but never forgotten.
“The mission of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is to eradicate the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma. We believe in a cure for mesothelioma. Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Mesothelioma is known to be caused by exposure to asbestos, and studies show that prolonged exposure such as at a jobsite further increase the risk of developing mesothelioma. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation recognizes the need to limit the possibility of exposure to asbestos as prevention is an integral component of eradicating mesothelioma and we support a ban on asbestos. We believe that funding medical research is the crucial means to finding better treatments and ultimately a cure. Given the long latency period of the disease and that the fiber is naturally occurring, we believe that research is the most effective path to eradicating the disease. We believe that any ban on asbestos must also include funding for mesothelioma research to truly eradicate this disease.”
Any donation is sincerely appreciated! Tarah xoxo