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President's Message
ADAO's 9th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference: March 22-24
Hurricane Sandy: Asbestos Exposure Prevention
Health Literacy Month
SURVEY: "Supportive Resources in the Mesothelioma Community"
November: Shine a Light on the Facts about Lung Cancer
Share Your Story: "Staying Positive" - Mike's Story
Ridin' the Wind with Rob
Sugio Furuya Receives 2011 Tribute of Inspiration Honoree Award
"Devil's Dust: Exposed to Poison. Exposing the Truth."
Matt Peacock: Author of "Killer Company"
ANDEVA: Leading the Way to a "World without Asbestos"
Safer Chemical, Healthy Families Guest Blog by Linda Reinstein: "Asbestos Can Take Your Breath Away, Forever"
ADAO Presentsat the APHA 140th Annual Meeting
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President's Message 

My heart goes out to the many people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts are with you and the heroic first responders. During emergency response and disaster cleanup, ADAO urges adherence to federal guidelines to protect public health and avoid asbestos exposure. To learn more, see the EPA article in this e-newsletter.  


The agenda is already set for our 9th Annual ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference on March 22 - 24, 2013 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Experts in prevention, advocacy, mesothelioma and the latest clinical trials, are volunteering their time to join us from around the world. Registration information will be available in just a few weeks!


Devil's Dust, a miniseries about the corporate scandal involving James Hardie Industries, airs on Australian TV on November 11 and 12. Watch the shocking trailer in this e-newsletter. Matt Peacock, the keynote speaker at our 2012 conference, wrote the book Killer Company which inspired the miniseries. I hope Devil's Dust will be available in the U.S.


Together, change is possible


Linda Linda's Social Networks  ADAO's Social Networks 

ADAO's 9th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, "The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment" on March 22 - 24, 2013 will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The conference brings together renowned experts and asbestos victims in a united forum to enhance asbestos awareness, education, treatment, and collaboration.

EPA: "Natural Disasters and Weather Emergencies - 

Dealing with Debris and Damaged Buildings"


As Americans work together to coordinate emergency response efforts, disaster relief, and clean-up following Hurricane Sandy, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) urges you to adhere to federal guidelines in order to protect public health. Read more

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using the everyday health information that is routinely available to them. To address this problem, October is Health Literacy Month. In light of Health Literacy Month's "Take Action" theme this year, ADAO featured three weekly blogs:

Thanks to you, this ADAO series was a tremendous success. Until there is a cure,  prevention is the only way to end mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases. 


Last month, ADAO began circulating our "Supportive Resources in the Mesothelioma Community" Survey. This confidential survey takes only five minutes and asks mesothelioma patients and caregivers to share their experiences, knowledge, and recommendations so that we can share your combined voices with the medical community. Due to requests, the new deadline for completing it is November 15. 



November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States, asbestos-caused lung cancer claims more than 5,000 lives every year. ADAO applauds Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), the world's largest lung cancer advocacy organization. On Tuesday, November 13, LCA will coordinate the Shine A Light On Lung Cancer Candlelight Vigil. Read more

Mesothelioma patient June Breit's Last Message (2009)                                 

We have been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a bond of community. We would like to honor the story of Mike, as shared by his wife, Jessica. Mike was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 29.


As a testament to the strength of our global family, ADAO highlights the courageous stories of asbestos victims around the world through our exclusive "Share Your Story" feature on our website. We encourage you to submit your personal story. We have seen the power of sharing, which allows us to heal and and raise awareness.


Click here to read Mike's story

ADAO Applauds and Thanks the Participants 

of the "Ridin' the Wind with Rob" Event! 

Jill & the "Ridin' with the Wind" Gang
They say "it takes a village." Well...maybe it takes a motorcycle too!

On July 28, in Illinois, ADAO community member Jill Cagle led the "Ridin' the Wind with Rob" event, which was a motorcycle ride, dinner, and raffle in loving memory of her husband, Rob. Tragically, Rob lost his 6-year battle with mesothelioma on September 11, 2011. All proceeds from the event went to the Robbie Cagle College Scholarship Fund, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and ADAO. Read More

Sugio Furuya Receives  2011 Tribute of Inspiration Honoree Award



Barry Castleman, Sugio Furuya,and Linda Reinstein (Paris, France)

Last month in Paris, we had the honor to present Sugio Furuya with the 2011 ADAO Tribute of Inspiration Award. Sugio is a bridge of hope and strength to victims of asbestos exposure in Asia and around the world.


Due to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Sugio was unable to travel to ADAO's 7th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference in Atlanta to receive his award.


ADAO encourages you to follow and support the Asian Ban Asbestos Network (ABAN), which is a globally focused effort lead by Sugio and his colleagues. 


 Asbestos: "Devil's Dust: Exposed to poison. Exposing the truth."


Devil's Dust | 11 & 12 November at 8.30pm, ABC1 

Lights, camera, action! On November 11 and 12, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will air Devil's Dust, a two-part TV miniseries based on award-winning journalist Matt Peacock's book, Killer Company. Matt, a seasoned journalist with over 30 years of experience, has authored numerous newspaper and magazine articles and produced several radio and television programs, including a pioneering series about the dangers of asbestos. Read more

Matt Peacock is an award-winning journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and author of Killer CompanyMatt's riveting book about the true-life corporate scandal of James Hardie Industries inspired the  Devil's Dust miniseriesMatt, ADAO was honored to have you deliver your powerful keynote address at the 2012 Asbestos Awareness Conference!

 ANDEVA: Leading the Way to a "World without Asbestos"


Tyler and Richard Lemen, Pat Martin, 
Yvonne Waterman
This ADAO picture is worth a thousand words. On October 13, 2012, Dr. Richard Lemen and his son Tyler proudly joined 5,000 international marchers in the French National Association of Asbestos Victims' (ANDEVA) "World without Asbestos" demonstration in Paris.

As it rained lightly, I remember thinking, "Tears from heaven are raining down on us." But at the end of the march, as we stood together, the sun came out.

The day before the conference, Dr. Richard Lemen, Dr. Barry Castleman and I were honored to present at ANDEVA's "International Day for Asbestos Victims" Conference, attended by 200 people from over 15 countries. 

I remember the day when my husband, Alan, was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma as if it were yesterday. ADAO proudly stands with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and hundreds of public health, environmental, and business groups that have come together to support S.847, which would impose stricter regulations on toxic chemicals, including asbestos.  As I remind Congress, "together, change is possible." Join me and send your letter to Congress today. Read more  ~ Linda

ADAO to Present at the APHA's Conference Session: 

"Social Media to Promote Occupational Safety and Health"


ADAO was delighted to present at the American Public Health Association's (APHA) 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition, which was held in San Francisco on October 27-31. Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. Over 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and health specialists attend the conference to discuss current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. 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