Janelle Bedel, dubbed "Wonder Woman" by friends, family and those involved in the fight against mesothelioma, passed away Wednesday after a six-year battle with the aggressive cancer.
Bedel, 37, of Rushville, had dedicated the past few years of her life to raising awareness and funds for research, traveling all over the U.S. to do so.
Earlier this week, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization gave her an award that recognized her "commitment to education, advocacy and support to patients and families around the world."
"I don't want to see anyone else have to suffer through this. It's really hard," Bedel said in an interview with RTV6 earlier this month.
When Bedel was diagnosed with mesothelioma, her son was 4 years old.
"He doesn't know me any other way than having cancer," Bedel said. "He'll ask me, 'Were you born with it?'"
Bedel's husband, Andrew, said she is an inspiration to all.
"I'm super proud of her," he said in an interview with RTV6 earlier this month. "It's hard to express it and be as tough as I can for her. She's every bit of what everybody says about her -- Wonder Woman."