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President's Message
Tribute of Hope Award: U.S. Representative Steve Cohen
Share Your Story: Steve
Debbie Brewer's 2012 ADAO "Alan Reinstein Award" Acceptance Speech
Photographic "Asbestos: See for Yourself" Campaign
National Conferences Wrap Up: Global Health, Collaboration, & Innovation
"Do Not Breathe"- Three Cheers for Youth in Action!
Brazilian Newspaper, O Globo, Launches Four-Part Series on Asbestos
May 28th: Light a Candle for those Veterans Lost on Memorial Day
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President's Message


May has been an exciting and busy month for ADAO, as we continue to "Partner for Prevention."  With the help of industrial hygienist Tony Rich, ADAO launched the new photographic "Asbestos: See for Yourself" campaign proving asbestos remains a threat in our homes, workplaces, and environment. Check out the ADAO PowerPoint slideshare to see the USGS data confirming asbestos consumption in the United States continues. 


Our successful "Share Your Story" initiative continues to unite our diverse community and raise awareness to prevent exposure.  Our education initiatives continue as ADAO was fortunate enough to speak at several conferences across the country, where we presented on our organization's impact within the asbestos community, and provided insight on how to use our great community-driven social media networks more effectively.


Please stay tuned for some exciting news from ADAO in the coming weeks, including news, educational campaigns, and a new human rights and civil justice story.


Lastly, I would like to thank all of our ADAO leadership, volunteers, and sponsors for their constant support. 


As I remind Congress, "One life lost to asbestos is tragic, hundreds of thousands of lives lost is unconscionable."


In unity, 


Linda Reinstein 

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U.S. Representative Steve Cohen receives "Tribute of Hope Award" at  8th Asbestos Awareness Conference
Just published! View Representative Steve Cohen (D -TN) as he receives his "Tribute of Hope Award" at the 8th Asbestos Awareness Conference in March. For more information on the award and Representative Cohen, please read the blog here.


2012 ADAO AAC: U.S. Representative Steve Cohen's Tribute of Hope Award Presentation
"Doing Something Positive" - Steve's Story


Read this inspiring ADAO "Share Your Story"submission from Steve's wife, Linda, about her and her husband's commitment to live every day to the fullest after Steve's diagnosis with mesothelioma. 
"These days, if offered the opportunity [to do something new], the answer is usually yes [...] Hot-air ballooning; Steve at the controls, looping the loop in a Chipmunk airplane; dancing over the waves on a high speed boat; trying our hands at clay pigeon shooting; going to a classic horse race, international rugby matches, festivals of speed, exhibitions, theatre trips....Enjoying life to the fullest, together, while Steve is still able to do so."  [Read more] 
     Debbie Brewer's "Alan Reinstein Award" Acceptance Speech       

Debbie was recognized for her commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients, families and loved ones around the world. 
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?2012 ADAO AAC: Debbie Brewer's Alan Reinstein Award Presentation?
Asbestos: See for Yourself
Photographic "Asbestos: See for Yourself" Campaign

ADAO is excited to add photos to the existing campaign with the help of industrial hygienist and environmental technician, Tony Rich.  Through photographs, "Asbestos: See for Yourself" highlights asbestos in the workplace, home, and environment. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to see the latest weekly photo, or check out our Slideshare presentation featuring all material to date. 

Conference Wrap Up: Global Health, Collaboration, & Innovation

ADAO has been extremely hard at work during the months of April and May, attending five different asbestos-related conferences and presenting at three of them. Progress is vital, and these conferences are an extremely effective way to gather some of the greatest minds to further the fight against asbestos and search for a cure to mesothelioma. [Read More] 

Linda 2012
Linda, Camila, and Terra at the "Dust" screening in Beverly Hills
"Do Not Breathe"- Three Cheers for Youth in Action!

ADAO had the great pleasure of meeting Camila Strassle and Terra Cheung, two high school students from southern California, at our recent screening of "Dust."  These two young women have written a fantastic letter to the editor of the Pasadena Star Newspaper titled "Do Not Breathe," about the dangers of asbestos and the Eternit trial in Italy that can be read here. What's more, these amazing ladies are translating their letter into Spanish and Mandarin, so we might share it with our international community. What a wonderful example of youth in action!

 The Brazilian newspaper, O Globo, launches a four-part series on asbestos   


ADAO applauds the Brazilian paper, The O Globo, for their new four-part series on asbestos, and we support the media blitz bringing international awareness of this deadly fiber. Asbestos is a global threat, and we are so grateful to the Brazilian advocates including the O Globo, The Association of Brazilians Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA), Fernanda Giannasi, and Hermano Albuquerque de Castro for their continued support to educate about asbestos dangers.  Read more on this breaking story here.

May 28th: Light a Candle on Memorial Day for those Veterans Lost  


This Monday, May 28th, is Memorial Day in the United States. This is a time to remember veterans of our armed forces who gave their lives to defend our country. These brave men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice in hopes of protecting the freedoms of Americans back home. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization would like to ask everyone to light a candle... [Read More]  

ADAO New Website
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is an independent global organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy, and community. For more information, visit