"My father was a World War II veteran, double Purple Heart recipient, avid sports fan, and all-American hero. Tragically, it was a cantaloupe laced with the lethal bacteria listeria that ultimately killed him.
Always true to form, though, he did not go down without a fight. For nearly three months, my father suffered from brain trauma and inability to move his legs. After the painful effects of the Listeria took hold first of his body and then his brain, the infection finally defeated him.
My dad left behind five children, nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren - all who continue to mourn the loss.
Unfortunately, there were 32 other Americans who also died last year from listeria-contaminated cantaloupes from Colorado's Jensen Farms. The tragedies were widely publicized and the sympathy widespread. Family, friends and others grieved with us over my father's - and so many others' - untimely deaths, and politicians promised they would do more to prevent food-borne illness.
You would think we may have learned something from this heartbreaking event, but the truth is, nothing has changed."
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Dana Dziadul has been fighting since she was 3 years old, but don’t bother telling her mother. First, Dana, now 16, was fighting for her life after getting debilitatingly ill from bad cantaloupe she ate when she was 3. Now, she’s fighting to ensure that other children don’t suffer the same fate that befell her – or a worse one.More info
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