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President's Message
2013 ADAO Conference Sponsors
ADAO's 9th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference: March 22-24
ADAO's Mission: Much More Than Banning Asbestos
eBay Auction: Barbara McQueen Donates Autographed Copy of "Steve McQueen: The Last Mile... Revisited"
How to Support ADAO and Honor Those You Love
"Praying for an Asbestos Ban" - William's Story
Mesothelioma Community Candle Lighting: Living with Hope and Light
Australian Landmark Asbestos Symposium
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2012 ADAO Year in Review


2013 ADAO Sponsors


2013 ADAO Conference


2013 ADAO Conference Agenda


2013 ADAO Conference Event: U.S. Capitol Tour


 2013 ADAO Conference Event: Unity & Remembrance Brunch


2013 ADAO Conference Event: Awards Dinner  


ADAO "Share Your Story"


ADAO YouTube


Global Calendar


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President's Message 
Happy New Year!


The first new year that ADAO celebrated was 2005. If you had told me then where we would be today, I never would have believed it possible. Today, however, I have an even greater vision for ADAO in the future because we are a strong community. Any accomplishments we achieve, we achieve together. Thank you for being a part of our 2012 successes. For 2013, I have three New Year's resolutions, all related to the power of collaboration that, to me, is what ADAO is all about.


1st Resolution: Strengthen our social media networks and outreach. In 2012, ADAO went to France and Brazil and Skyped with Australia and Pakistan. In these cases and many others, we were struck by the dangers people face from asbestos exposure, not just here at home, but all over the world. In this decade, how is it possible that workers fixing a water pipe in Texas are exposed to asbestos, and workers in Vancouver to visible asbestos fibers float through the air? The stronger our outreach, the stronger our ability to protect people.


2nd Resolution: Build more collaborative education campaigns. Our "Hurricane Sandy: How to Protect Yourself from Toxic Asbestos Debris" campaign was shared all over the nation and on huffingtonpost.com. ADAO wants to make sure that people cleaning up their home after a disaster know to use safety precautions to prevent asbestos exposure. I am grateful for strong collaborators like EIAIATP and NYCOSH, to name just a few, who always step up to work with us.


3rd Resolution: Expand our "Share Your Story" program. I think I saved the best for last. Our strength comes from making everyone's voices heard. Each of your stories is important to ADAO. I want to make sure we hear from all of you. If you haven't already, please click here to Share Your Story with ADAO today.


In unity, Linda


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ADAO sincerely thanks our 2013 Asbestos Awareness Conference  Sponsors for their generosity and commitment to ADAO's work. As we grow to meet asbestos victims' needs, we have been able to rely on our sponsors to grow with us. ADAO has accomplished goals we never imagined nine years ago. We are very grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge their support. Together, change is possible.


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ADAO's 9th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference: The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment   

At ADAO's conference on March 22 - 24, 2013, 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.  


To introduce you to our extraordinary 2013 Conference speakers, ADAO is featuring a weekly Meet the Speaker blog series!  Read the first blogs in the series to meet Heather Von St. James & Sean Fitzgerald 

Keynote Speakers:
March 23, Captain Aubrey K. Miller, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
March 24, Karen Banton, Widow of Bernie Banton and CEO of the Bernie Banton Foundation  
Conference Session Presenters:
Brad Black, MD
Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Widow
Barry Castleman, ScD
Cathy Conrad, PhD
Paul Demers, PhD
Eleanor B. Ericson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Sean Fitzgerald, PG, Scientific Analytical Institute
Arthur Frank, MD, PhD
Fernanda Giannasi, ABREA
Lisa Hyde-Barrett, RN
Meagan Jensen, Student
Brent Kynoch, Environmental Information Association
Tom Laubenthal, Environmental Institute
Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH
Charles Levenstein, PhD, MSOH
Barbara Minty McQueen, Author, Photographer, and Widow of Film Star Steve McQueen
James Millette, PhD
Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH
Elizabeth Ness, RN, MSN
Mavis Nye, Mesothelioma Patient
Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM
Emily Reinstein, Student
Linda Reinstein, ADAO
Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist
Kristin Samuelson, Student
John Thayer, Former AOC Supervisor
Heather Von St. James, Mesothelioma Patient
Laura Welch, MD
Christine Winter, Independent Asbestos Training Providers
Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson & Musician
On behalf of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), I have the opportunity to frequently speak to Congress, health care providers, national and international organizations, and families about the deadly legacy of asbestos and the urgent need for a global asbestos ban. However, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is: "What exactly does your organization do?" Today, I would like to answer that question and provide a better idea of what ADAO does, from a typical day in the office to our long-term goals. Read more.
2013 ADAO Conference, Washington, DC (PSA)


Congratulations to Tony Rich, winner of the beautiful book Steve McQueen: The Last Mile...Revisited, autographed and donated by Barbara Minty McQueen and auctioned by ADAO on eBay. Tony is not only a part of our ADAO family but, if you recognize his name, it's because he is also the author of the ADAO series, "Asbestos: A Photographic Retrospective."  


Proceeds of the auction support ADAO's education, advocacy, and community building efforts.  Again, congratulations to Tony and a big thank you to Barbara for her generosity! Read More...


Stay tuned for our next ADAO eBay book auction, which will be announced soon! 

This year, consider publishing a Family Tribute page in the ADAO 2013 conference program in honor of your loved one who has lost their life to asbestos-related disease or is currently battling an asbestos disease. Your family's tribute page will not only honor your loved one, but also support ADAO's efforts to eliminate asbestos-related disease.  

With a donation ranging between $100 and $1,000, your family can publish a full-page, 1/2-page, or 1/4-page tribute in the 2013 conference program. Even if you can't make it to the conference, you can participate by creating a tribute page. Read More...

Click Here to Access the Family Tribute Form, Due February 15th!

"Praying for an Asbestos Ban" - William'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 William, as shared by his widow, Jackie, who is a part of our ADAO family.  
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. 
Read William's Story 

 ACOR Candle Lighting: Living with Hope and Light 


"For all meso warriors, caregivers and families: 

live with hope and light."

-- Esther, United Kingdom


This message was written next to one of the hundreds of online candles lit on December 28 and January 4, in memory of loved ones lost to asbestos-related diseases and in celebration of mesothelioma warriors who exhibit strength and courage every day.  Patients, their families, and friends representing seven countries wrote messages and lit online candles, which burned brightly for 48 hours.


ADAO holds eight candle lightings throughout the year. Mark March 24 on your calendar now to join us in the next candle lighting during Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Keep the flames of hope and courage burning brightly! Read More...

Congratulations to Australia for another successful Asbestos Awareness Week! In November, ADAO had the privilege of delivering the keynote address at the Australian Asbestos Network's Symposium in Perth, Western Australia - from our Los Angeles office! Thanks to the miracle of Skype, we spoke and shared presentation slides about - you guessed it! - using social media in the global asbestos struggle. The interactivity even included a live video Q&A at the end of the presentation. 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 www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org