Sharon Gayoso

  • Sharon Gayoso

Session IV Speaker, Saturday, September 17

In 2014, Sharon Gayoso’s husband, Jay, was diagnosed with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.  He was 53 and an active corporate attorney.  After an extensive history, the Gayoso’s realized that Jay’s asbestos exposure took place 36 years prior; both medical and legal consultations were explored. Sharon became both a caregiver and patient advocate.  She learned as much as possible about asbestos exposure, how to find specialists and Centers of Excellence, all while navigating the logistics of treatment. The Gayoso’s sons (Andrew and Adam) are also vital members of the family’s support system, assisting with research and altering their career goals based upon their father’s illness.  Together, they have taken action to assist mesothelioma patients and their families. Sharon holds a BS in Public Relations from UF’s College of Journalism and Communications.  She also sits on a Miami-Dade County Public School’s Educational Excellence School Advisory Council.