Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization


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President's Message
Stand Up Against Asbestos: Support the North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Disease
Asbestos is Still a Global Problem
March 30 - April 1, 2012 8th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference
Will You Light a Candle?
Giving is an Action Word
ADAO Joins Forces to Protect Environmental and Occupational Health in India
2011 ADAO Sponsors
Asbestos has Literally Flipped My World Upside Down
What is happening in Georgia?
When My Grandpa Died
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2011 Year-In-Review

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North American Declaration
Stand Up Against Asbestos: Support the North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Disease 

As most of you know, the United States and Canada have yet to ban the deadly carcinogen, asbestos, and Canada continues to mine and export tons of asbestos fibers with deadly effects around the world. In response, ADAO, in partnership with the Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims, has announced the North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Diseases. This declaration represents a joint effort between U.S. and Canadian asbestos victims and their families, public health organizations, NGOs, OSH specialists, and politicians to demand a ban of asbestos across the entire North American region.To take action and have your voice heard by the Canadian and U.S. governments, sign the petition today!  For more information on how to stand up against asbestos, read more here.

Asbestos Is Still A Global Problem


Although ADAO and CVAV recently released the North American Declaration for the Elimination of Asbestos-Related Disease, it is important to remember that the problem of asbestos use is truly a global one. Every day, 300 people die from a preventable asbestos-caused disease.   Despite all that is known about the dangers of asbestos, annual world production remains an estimated 2 million metric tons. USGS reports, Russia produces 50% of the total global production, followed by China, Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Canada. Last year, China and India alone accounted for 50% of global asbestos consumption, followed by Russia, Brazil and Indonesia. In order to truly eliminate asbestos-related disease, we must work globally to end the mining, exportation, and consumption of these deadly asbestos fibers. To bring these facts to life and share the Chrysotile industry's propaganda and rhetoric, I have placed a PowerPoint file online for easy sharing, which can be viewed at 

2012 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference, Los Angeles, California
2012 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference, Los Angeles, California

Will You Light A Candle for Asbestos Victims? by Herman Hamilton

Candle In the years that I've been with ADAO there is a single question that I've heard more than any other. People always ask, "But what can I do?" Some folks have the ability to do a lot by way of donation or devoting time, while others, not quite so much. There is something however that everybody, no matter their ability level, can do and that is to "Light a Candle!" The cost? Free! The time involved? Maybe a few minutes. It is your opportunity to not only be a part but to pay tribute to those lost or those suffering.

Since the inception of our Light a Candle campaign, countless numbers of candles have been lit from many countries. While candles only remain lit for 48 hours, the candle room has never been without numerous lit candles. Won't you take this opportunity to show your support and participation by lighting a candle, today?


Please join us in our Mesothelioma ACOR longstanding tradition, as we light candles online and in our homes and online in memory of those we have lost on December 28th and in honor of those still in the fight on January 4th.

                         Giving is An Action Word by Ann Samuelson

Ann Samuelson 

 To give is to answer a call to act, contribute to a worthy give is a verb.... an action word. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization gives on a global scale literally daily by promoting awareness, education, and prevention through many social networking outlets, conferences, and something I call "active advocacy." Such activities require time, volunteer commitment, and money. ADAO is the voice of the victims, and more victims and families are impacted by asbestos related diseases every year. My father died of mesothelioma 29 years ago.  My "why" for contributing to this incredible organization is my hope that other daughters will not lose a parent to this horrible preventable disease. This holiday season, and throughout the year, please consider giving a monetary donation to ADAO. While the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization  has experienced tremendous growth in the last year, we need your donations to continue to move forward. Join us, contribute, and help us to continue to make a difference for victims, and to prevent victims in the future....  

ADAO Joins Forces to Protect Environmental and Occupational Health in India by Linda Reinstein 


I am so thankful for the opportunity to have attended and presented at two recent conferences in India: the Asian Ban Asbestos Network (A-BAN) Conference and the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV)'s Annual Conference. These conferences brought together individuals from around the world to learn and share, and ADAO was honored to be in the presence of so many active and dedicated individuals in the environmental and occupational health fields. View my presentation from the A-Ban Conference, USA: Trends and Challeneges on Preventing Evironmental and Occupational Asbestos Exposure. To learn more about our collaboration and efforts to partner to even more effectively educate, advocate, and provide community support to our global community, read the full blog post here.



We would like to thank our current 2011 Official Sponsors for their generous support! It is because of you that ADAO can continue to provide asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness to prevent asbestos exposure and eliminate asbestos-related diseases.    

 Platinum Sponsors



Shein Law Center, LTD  



 Simmons Law Firm, LLC  



Gold Sponsors

Adfero Group

Baron and Budd, PC 

Motley Rice LLC


Silver Sponsors

Belluck & Fox, LLP

Kazan, McClain, Lyons, Greenwood & Harley, PLC

Levy, Phillips & Konigsberg LLP


Bronze Sponsors

DeLuca & Nemeroff, LLP

Early, Ludwick, Sweeney & Strauss

International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers

 Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd, LLC

Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein


Friends of ADAO

 Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center  

Canadian Autoworkers 


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Asbestos has Literally Flipped My World Upside Down by Larry Davis

Asbestos has literally flipped my world upside down. Never did I realize how harmful this so-called 'miracle mineral' would be. After 5 years of some of the worst pain I have ever felt, surgeries (almost too many to count) and extremely limited resources on how to stop this epidemic, I now advocate for other victims and research funding. I have spent the past few years talking to every politician who will listen, and some that won't, asking them to ban the United States' use of asbestos. It can still be found in everything from automotive parts to heating & cooling systems to construction to Military housing & building. Yes, we are no longer spreading asbestos in classrooms while the students sit there, but hundreds of unknowing people are exposed every day. As I await my next chemo session here at the University of Maryland Medical Center I continue to push others to work for relief from this deadly disease. I have signed numerous law firms to donate to my race the South Florida Miles for Meso, I have invited friends and physicians to help get out the word at my Health Symposium and I will not stop in my efforts. So you ask, 'How has asbestos changed my life'? It is an entirely new life. Never could I have imaged the choices I would have to make, all the hospitals & doctors I would visit, the politicians I would beg to sign legislation against using this carcinogen, and the pain it would cause.

What is Happening in Georgia? by Brent Kynoch, Managing Director, Environmental Information AssociBauucs Breakfastation


On October 4, 2011, the Georgia Chapter of the Environmental Information Association (GaEIA) held its annual joint meeting with the Georgia Environmental Protection Department(GA EPD). During the meeting, representatives of GA EPD reported with dismay that it was likely the asbestos department of the GA EPD would be eliminated by the end of 2011 due to budget cuts. This would eliminate all asbestos inspectors, who make surprise visits to projects and make other visits based on complaints received. It is sad news indeed that state budget cuts will likely result in illegal and poor abatement practices by contractors that will go unpunished, while employees and the public suffer possible catastrophic exposures. Without a line-item budget item for the department, GA EPD will be required to introduce a Bill that will abolish the Asbestos Safety Act in Georgia. This is a massive backward step in public health and safety.


EIA has long held that our industry did not need more laws, but needed better enforcement of existing laws to assure that the public is protected from deadly asbestos fibers that exist in our nation's buildings. Without enforcement of laws that require inspections for asbestos prior to renovation or demolition, and laws that require proper asbestos abatement training and work practices, persons will most certainly be exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos. Is this really the type of budget cut that Georgia citizens should face? For more information, or to offer support, please contact the GaEIA President, Mark Hartz, at 706-262-2000 or email [email protected]  

When My Grandpa Died by Nate CattranNate Studying

How would you like it if one person was killed in your family and he or she was just working to keep his or her family alive? Well that happened to me.   

In 2008 I found out that my grandpa died when my mom was talking on the phone. She was crying. I asked "Why are you crying? Did you stub your toe?" Then she said "No." Then I said "What happened?" Then she said "Grandpa died." We packed up our stuff and went to my grandma's house right away for the funeral. He had been sick for two months. We visited him a lot during that time.

Losing my grandpa affected my life because I could barely talk to my mom this past summer she was so busy. She was doing all this work to stop Canada from exporting asbestos because that is what killed my grandpa. The other way it affected my life was that I lost a family member. It taught me a lesson-to never ever go near asbestos on purpose. It would be like committing suicide. Do you want to die, because I don't. Asbestos killed my grandpa by getting into his lungs and causing cancer. His lungs filled up with cancer and fluid and suffocated him, thirty or forty years after asbestos exposure. He got exposed when he was an electrician because power plants had asbestos on the wiring where he worked.

I was 6 when he died. It was very sad and I miss him a lot.

I recommend that you never go near asbestos. It kills 300 people a day in the world. My grandpa was one of them. Avoid asbestos and avoid becoming one of the 300 a day. I hope that Canada stops exporting asbestos because it kills people and I don't want families to go through what my family went through.
ADAO New Website 
Follow us on our new website and through  Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feed, blogging and more. ADAO's website includes a variety of resources such as videos in our online library, like "Asbestos Kills" and the Chrysotile Asbestos Fact Sheet, a result of collaboration between ADAO and the Environmental Information Association.