Ailing woman inspires Facebook movement with her cancer battle, fight for more awareness

Janelle Bedel raising awareness of mesothelioma

RUSHVILLE, Ind. - A Facebook community is rallying around an Indiana woman as she battles not only for her own life, but also for the lives of countless others.

Janelle Bedel, 37, of Rushville, is in hospice care with mesothelioma, but her years-long battle with the aggressive cancer has led her to work more aggressively for change.

Between surgeries and bouts of chemotherapy, Bedel has dedicated the past few years of her life to raising awareness about the disease and raising funds for research. She’s traveled to New York, Las Vegas and elsewhere for fundraisers, conferences and awareness events.

Inspired by her fight, hundreds of Facebook users have changed their profile pictures to a “Wonder Woman” logo, a nod to the nickname Bedel’s family and friends have given her.

Bedel’s Facebook supporters have taken to local media Facebook Timelines to show their support for her fight.

“This young lady is an inspiration to everyone and the community in which I grew up,” Facebook user Jennifer Crowder wrote to RTV6. “We support her all the way down in Livingston, Texas.”

“She has done so much good for so many people even when she felt her worst,” Facebook user Casey Beisel wrote.

Bedel is also pushing for the United States to ban asbestos, the toxic material known to cause mesothelioma.

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