In This Issue
President's Message
Sincere Thanks to the 2012 ADAO Conference Sponsors
ADAO's 9th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference: March 22-24
Houston Workers Exposed to Asbestos during Water Pipe Repairs
Hurricane Sandy: Asbestos Exposure Prevention
eBay Auction: Barbara McQueen Donates Autographed Copy of "Steve McQueen: The Last Mile... Revisited"
Share Your Story: "Mesothelioma Robbed Us" - Joe's Story
IATP at Casino Royale. Be Shaken, Not Stirred.
Mesothelioma Warrior ACOR Candle Lighting Tradition
ADAO "Devil's Dust" Interviews with Matt Peacock, Anthony Hayes
2012 Year in Review
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2012 ADAO Year in Review


2012 ADAO Sponsors


2013 ADAO Conference 


ACOR Candle Lighting 


ADAO eBay Auction - Ends 12.13.2014


ADAO "Share Your Story"


ADAO YouTube


Global Calendar

"Asbestos: See for Yourself" Photographs


Archived eNewsletters


Archived Blogs 


ADAO PowerPoint Presentations 


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 everyone to adhere to federal guidelines in order to avoid asbestos exposure and protect their health. Join me on Facebook to keep up-to-date on news and particularly, how you can help the residents of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York.
ADAO launched our conference30 renowned experts and asbestos victims will present the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy, and treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases. 
Recently, "Devil's Dust: Exposed to poison. Exposing the truth.", a TV mini-series about the corporate scandal involving the James Hardie asbestos corporation, aired on Australian TV.  Check out ADAO's blog where you can view the shocking trailer, listen to Matt Peacock's interview, and read all about Anthony Hayes, the lead actor who brilliantly portrayed mesothelioma victim and activist Bernie Banton. Great News!  Anthony Hayes received an AACTA nomination for his role.
ADAO has grown in 2012 because of you. With sincere gratitude, I want to give special thanks to the many ADAO volunteers, interns, supporters, donors, the brave mesothelioma patients and families who share their storiesconference presenters2012 Conference SponsorsJordan Zevon, Barbie Minty McQueenADAO Leadership and our Science Advisory Board, all of whom fuel our work with contributions in dollars, hours, thought, and action. Sincerely, I hope that this holiday season is joyful and restful for you and your loved ones! 


In unity, Linda 


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As an independent non-profit organization, ADAO relies entirely on the support of sponsors and individual donors to fund our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO is deeply grateful to our 2012 Conference Sponsors for their generosity and commitment to ADAO's work. Together, change is possible.


Platinum Sponsors

Baron Budd




Gold Sponsor

Motley Rice Logo


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsor 

The Nemeroff Law Firm

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization does not make legal referrals.


9th Annual International ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference 


March 22 - 24, 2013 Washington, D.C.

The enthusiasm about the ADAO conference on March 22 - 24, 2013 is contagious! Over 30 renowned experts and asbestos victims from five countries will present the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy, and treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases. 
This year's theme is"The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment." The conference includes four sessions:
  • Medical Advancements: Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma & Other Asbestos-Related Diseases
  • Patients & Caregivers: Navigating the Medical Maze
  • Prevention: What Is It? Where Is It? What Do I Do? 
  • Advocacy: Global Ban Asbestos Action

Additionally, the conference includes a private lunch & U.S. Capitol tour for patients and their families, an Awards & Recognition Dinner, and a Unity & Remembrance Brunch.


ADAO sincerely thanks Baron & BuddSimmons Firm, and Motley Rice for hosting various conference events.

ADAO confirmed that workers in Houston, Texas were knowingly exposed to asbestos while repairing the city's water mains in 2011. The Scientific Analytic Institute determined that the pipe was composed of 35% asbestos. According to the workers, they were not informed that the pipe contained asbestos nor given personal protective equipment appropriate for handling asbestos. Read ADAO's Press Release and View Photos & Videos 

Hurricane Sandy: How to Protect Yourself from Toxic Asbestos Debris


The collateral damage for Hurricane Sandy won't be tallied for decades. There is a great deal of chatter on the news about construction scams, but nothing was being said about the toxic risk of asbestos until the Huffington Post published Asbestos May Pose Health Hazards In Hurricane Sandy's Wake.

About 2,600 tons of hazardous asbestos debris were removed after the Joplin, Missouri tornado in 2011. We can expect much more from a storm as large as Hurricane Sandy. View ADAO's PowerPoint, "Hurricane Sandy: Keeping Safe"

eBay Auction: Barbara McQueen Donates Autographed Copy of "Steve McQueen: The Last Mile... Revisited" in Support of ADAO


Click here to bid today; the auction ends on Thursday, December 13!  


Barbara Minty McQueen has generously donated an autographed copy of her book Steve McQueen: The Last Mile...Revisited.  Proceeds from the book sale will support ADAO's education, advocacy, and community support efforts.


The book details Barbara's life with her famous husband Steve McQueen until mesothelioma tragically claimed his life in 1980. The book includes stunning photographs, stories, and a section about ADAO.


The book is a perfect holiday gift - and bidding provides a great opportunity to show your support for ADAO! 

"Mesothelioma Robbed Us" - Joe's Story


We have been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a bond of community. This month, we would like to honor the story of Joe, as shared by his widow, Vickie.  Read Joe's Story


As a testament to the strength of our global family, ADAO highlights the courageous stories of asbestos victims around the world through our website's "Share Your Story" feature. We encourage you to submit your personal story. Sharing is powerful, allowing us to heal and raise awareness.


Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) is hosting its first Fundraising Industry Event on January 26, 2013. The theme is Casino Royale and the proceeds support DAST (Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team). The event includes an auction, as well as IATP's First Annual Award Ceremony. 

ACOR Candle Lighting Tradition


Please join us on December 28th in the Mesothelioma ACOR longstanding tradition, as we light candles online and in our homes in memory of the Mesothelioma Warriors we have lost. On January 4th, we will honor and support Mesothelioma Warriors who are still courageously battling the disease. Read More 


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ADAO "Devil's Dust" Interviews with Matt Peacock, Anthony Hayes


The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) recently aired the mini-series "Devil's Dust," a true-life corporate asbestos scandal about

 James Hardie Industries. ABC gave special permission to ADAO to conduct behind-the-scenes interviews with author Matt Peacock and film star Anthony Hayes. Read More

 2012 Year in Review 

The Voices of the Victims - which where no more than whispers when the  Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded 9 years ago -- were loud, strong and united this year, more than ever before. ADAO, the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice, exponentially expanded its reach and education, advocacy, and community impact in 2012.  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