Most people think of asbestos as, ohit’s that stuff on the wall, that, you know, flakes off, and they only think of likeold builds; they’re always like, oh yeah, my institution has asbestos, but they don’t think about thedangers of it, or that breathing it in can actually kill you. My father, Mike Tucker, was diagnosed with mesothelioma lung cancer in 2009, and he passed out in 2011. He was actually in a minor car accident, and that’s when they had to do a assortment of, like, you know, CAT searches, and MRI’s. My mom ceases a bomb on me andsays, “So your dad has 20 tumors on his lung, ” and, you know, you’re neverprepared to hear that. At the time, we didn’t know much about mesothelioma; we detected it was from asbestos exposure. In his younger adult life, he workedjust odd rackets to make do, so he was working as a bricklayer, and he alsoworked in boiler rooms.Asbestos is really made a big impact on my family’s life. A batch has changed losing our father-god. When I was in college, I was of the view that I wantedto advocate against asbestos use. I was older, and I felt, wow, I can reallymake a difference. Regulations are either trying to be taken away, or dampened. For sample, asbestos is still in buildings, especially from, like, the 70 s, or earlierthan that, and when these structures are being torn down, there’s regulationsabout how they should be torn down for the consumer safety, and a lot of people want to, you are familiar with, pass that up because of money, but it’s important tothe health.People are just surprised that asbestos is still legal in the United States and that it’s still in consumer products. Asbestos is still found in children’s toys, and it’s crazy to think that my brand-new niece could still beimpacted by asbestos today. Politicians can make a big impactbecause they’re the ones who can build the existing regulations. Asbestos is killingpeople and it needs to be known, it needs to be stopped ..