‘He’d be proud of what I’m doing’
Putnam woman honors her father by helping in mesothelioma fight
Richard Owen Dorsey would be embarrassed seeing his picture on banners and fliers meant to raise awareness about mesothelioma, his daughter said.
“But he’d be proud of what I’m doing,” said Missy Dorsey Bowles. “He knows, once I start something, you can’t stop me.”
Stopping isn’t something Bowles has even considered. With an annual event, now in its third year, she’s raised thousands of dollars for mesothelioma research — the asbestos related cancer that took her father’s life.
Bowles, 37, can recall the exact date her father started feeling sick, the day he was diagnosed and the short time later when he died at age 65. It all happened within eight months.
“When he was diagnosed, he said, ‘I’ve never been around asbestos’,” Bowles recalled, “but once we started thinking about it, he had.”