Jessica Lilly of WFPL 89.3 highlighted a miner named Robert Bailey who lost his life as a result of black lung disease. Read more below:

“Robert Bailey died 28 days after our last conversation. He told me that he was grateful for the extra years he gained from his surgery. But his wish was that no one should have to suffer from the disease.

‘It would be so much better in the long run if the disease itself would be conquered,’ he said.

Next month, miners, doctors, lawyers, and researchers will meet in Pipestem, West Virginia, for an annual black lung conference. It’s the place where I first met Robert Bailey when he was looking for answers, medical records in hand, almost five years ago.”

Remembering A Coal Miner Who Stood Up For Those With Black Lung