Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization


January eNewsletter

Join Us as We Celebrate an ACOR Candle Lighting Tradition Acor Candle


Join ADAO and ACOR as we honor Mesothelioma Warriors and pledge our support of their courageous battles against mesothelioma by lighting an online or real candle on January 4 at 7:00 pm local time. For more information, read the full blog post here.

In This Issue
Light a Candle on Jan 4 for Mesothelioma Patients
President's Message
An Invitation from Dr. Richard Lemen
8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference
2012 Official ADAO Sponsorship Opportunities
2012 Family Tribute Program
ADAO Featured in USA Today
South Florida Miles for Meso Symposium and Run
Conference Video Series: Celeste Monforton
North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Disease
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2011 Year-In-Review

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2011 Year-In-Review      

President's Message 
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2011 has been an exciting year and much has been accomplished, thanks to the generous support of ADAO's
and the hard work of each and every one of you we are please to share our 2011 Year in Review.


As I reflect on the past year, a culture of collaboration for prevention and advances in digital technology has never been powerful and prove that together we can make a difference.  ADAO mentee from Turkey, Sinem Delal Kankotan's excellent first asbestos video presentation is an example of the positive influence all of us can have if we take the time to connect and share.  
As we head into 2012, I know that our collaborations will create even more positive change. On behalf of ADAO, happy New Year! We wish you and yours peace, prosperity, happiness, and health. 
In unity,


 ADAO's 2012 Conference Dr. LemenInvitation

I would like to again invite you to attend our 8th annual International Asbestos Disease Awareness Conference in Manhattan Beach, California on March 30 - April 1, 2012. I still remember attending ADAO's first conference in Washington, D.C. in 2005 and hearing the voices of the asbestos victims and presenters. I find these conferences to be highly educational as well as providing an ability to share our stories and provide support for those suffering from an asbestos-related disease and to their families as well. Please mark these dates aside and plan to participate in this year's Conference.

Richard A. Lemen, Ph.D., MSPH, Former Assistant Surgeon General & ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair 

8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference

Manhattan Beach Marriott       "Asbestos: An International Public Health Crisis" 

March 30 - April 1

Manhattan Beach, CA

Register Today!


We are thrilled to announce the 2012 Keynote Speakers and Honorees for our 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, "Asbestos: An International Public Health Crisis," to be held March 30 - April 1 in Manhattan Beach, CA. Join us for an incredibly informative weekend that will bring together renowned experts and asbestos victims in a united forum to enhance asbestos awareness, education, treatment, and collaboration. The conference is made possible with the partnership of the Environmental Information Association (EIA) and Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP).


Knowledge is stronger than asbestos, and so is our community of patients, families, and public health advocates. We hope to see you in California!

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ADAO relies entirely on the generous support of its sponsors and individual donors to fund its education, advocacy, and community initiatives. Thank you to those that have found it in their hearts to support ADAO's efforts and save lives in 2011!

As the conference is our only fundraising opportunity for the year, we ask for your continued support in 2012. ADAO's sponsorship opportunities have been revamped and improved and we are excited to share them with you! For more information, contact Linda at: [email protected]. The only way to stop asbestos-related diseases in the future is by preventing exposure and finding a cure; and with your support, we can get one step closer to our goals.

Pay Tribute to Loved Ones with ADAO's 2012 Family Tribute Program by Marilyn Amento  

Marilyn Amento 2011 TributeWould you spend $1 a day to prevent the death of someone you love? ADAO puts every penny we receive to do just that. Nearly every volunteer at ADAO has suffered the death-by-asbestos of a husband or wife or child or someone we loved more than life itself. We transform our intense pain, anger, and grief of such preventable deaths into positive action. Join me this year in preventing asbestos-caused diseases by donating to ADAO and honoring and remembering your loved ones in a a family 2012 tribute in our conference program. Click and read my personal story, and thank you for your conitnued support. 2012 Family Tribute Form  

 ADAO in USA Today Special Report - "Invisible Killer: The Truth about Asbestos"

ADAO was honored to submit the "Prevent Exposure to Asbestos" editorial that was included in a USA Today special Pulmonary Health report on December 16th on page 8.  "History is a great teacher to those who listen." Check out the full report here.

Support Larry Davis and the South Florida Miles for Meso Symposium and Run


ADAO applauds all of Larry's hard work! You can learn more and show your support by viewing our full blog here. Symposium on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 3:00pm and Run on Sunday, February 12.  

Larry Davis , a longtime personal friend, ADAO supporter, and soon-to-be recipient  of The Alan Reinstein Award at the 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, is once again courageously "taking the fight against mesothelioma cancer to the streets."  Larry, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma, is coordinating a South Florida Miles for Meso


2011 Conference Video Series: Celeste Monforton, MPH, DrPH

2011 ADAO AAC: Celeste Monforton, DrPH,

In order to give you an idea of the caliber of speakers that will be presenting at ADAO's 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, "Asbestos: An International Public Health Crisis," we will be posting a series of videos from last year's conference. The first in our series is "Occupational Safety and Health Education: Protecting Workers and Families 40 Years after OSHA's Asbestos Standards" by Celeste Monforton, MPH, DrPH. Celeste was an incredibly dynamic, insightful speaker in 2011 and will be speaking at the conference again this year.

Thanks to all of you who invest your time and money into ADAO! We pledge to continue to bring you great things in 2012!

The North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Disease


Speaking of a culture of collaboration for prevention, ADAO is proud to announce that ADAO and Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims (CVAV) - in unity with American and Canadian asbestos victims and families, and those who are concerned with asbestos exposure - have come together to advocate for the elimination of asbestos-related diseases.  The North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Disease unites these voices in a common plea, calling for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama to stop the use of asbestos and develop safer alternatives. We have seen firsthand and through the stories of asbestos victims through SHARE YOUR STORY the horrible consequences of this deadly carcinogen and we encourage you to take action and sign the petition.

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.