Tragic news from New Jersey: Briarcliff Middle School’s 39-year-old principal Marco F Cera died after developing malignant mesothelioma.
Marco was brought up in the same region where he became an educationalist. After changing professions from time to time, he became a teacher of social studies and eventually the principal at Briarcliff Middle School in 2010.
Marco was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011 August. It is still not known the reason for that diagnosis and how he had been exposed to asbestos. The only known reason for mesothelioma is inhalation of asbestos fibers.
Marco’s father Anthony Cera said he faced the cancer heroically.
“Marco believed he could defeat it and he lived that way,” Anthony Cera said.
Though the use of asbestos has been limited now-a-days, it was a very common construction material before 1972. For this reason, almost all old school buildings contained asbestos as they were built. Though some of them removed and replaced the substance, many old school buildings still contain asbestos. So, still many school students and teachers are at the risk of developing deadly asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.