Man Battling Mesothelioma Lightens Up With Superman Costume

David Dioguardi, a mesothelioma survivor, is showing that you don’t have to lose your sense of fun while battling a debilitating diseases. All Dioguardi wanted, according to family members, was a Superman cape to wear for a day, and his wishes came true.

The Beverly Review reports that  Dioguardi, a resident of  Mt. Greenwood, Illinois, is getting ready for surgery as he fights against mesothelioma, a life-threatening illness that develops after asbestos exposure. In anticipation of his upcoming surgery, the 74-year-old began talking in his sleep. Family members who were watching over him while sleeping, overheard him saying he just wants a “Superman cape” to wear.

In turn,  Dioguardi’s family took him to the “I Know a Superhero” Family Fun Festival” on August 22, located at Mt. Greenwood’s  St. Christina Field. According to his daughter, Domani Tripam, Dioguardi’s cape worked perfectly fine as he enjoyed the festivities and posed while wearing it in family photos.  Tripman also feels that his cape has been working to help him feel better.

“His cape has been working. Look where he is.”

Along with a superb team of doctors, Dioguardi has a “never give up” attitude, similar to the fictional Superman. Tripman indicated that the doctors gave him four months to live, but the defiant Dioguardi refused to give up.

“They told him he had four months, and he said, ‘That’s bull. I’m not putting up with that. I got things I want to do. I want to spend more time with my family.’ So he just said, ‘I’m not listening to that. They gave him that timeline once, and after that, he said, ‘I never want to hear another timeline.’ He just lives every day, and he says, ‘I keep living my life.’”

Dioguardi, a former police officer, was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in 2011. Not only has his four-month survival rate passed, but the remains upbeat and positive, taking each day at a time. His family, which includes a total of eight daughters, have supported him greatly while undergoing treatment provided by Dr. Hedy Kindler, of the University of Chicago.

Kindler recently commented on the Superhero festival that Dioguardi attended, stating that it was a pleasure to see so many people come together to help raise money for mesothelioma, a disease that still has no cure.

“Seeing people like this who are trying to raise money for our research to try to help advance the cause of treatment and hopefully [find] a cure, it’s just really inspiring.”

Dioguardi was presented his cape at the festival by Stephanie Ohse, the wife of another former police officer who lost his life to mesothelioma. According to Ohse, Dioguardi became emotional when given his cape.

Meanwhile, the battle to find a cure for mesothelioma continues. Although scientists are getting closer to a cure, they are not quite there. In the meantime, numerous treatment options have proven to help extend survival rates significantly, including alternative therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

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