February eNewsletter
In This Issue
President's Message
ADAO Report: Ohio Students Exposed to Asbestos
Global Asbestos Awareness Week
ADAO's 9th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference: March 22-24
Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards in 2012
Family Tribute Program: Guest Blog by Ann Samuelson
"I Will Never Be the Same" - Janelle's Story
IATP Event Gathers Optimists & Innovators to Fuel Change
Heather Von St. James' Lungleavin' Day
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President's Message 

Already, ADAO is looking forward to the 2013 National Asbestos Awareness Week on April 1 - 7! The week will raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure in order to better protect families throughout the nation. As a mesothelioma widow, I am shocked that most Americans are still unaware that asbestos has not been banned and exposure continues at home, work, and in our children's schools.


As of just a few weeks ago, in a case of flagrant disregard for public health, a school in Middleburg Heights, Ohio is under criminal investigation for allegedly organizing several dozen teenage students and others to remove debris from a building contaminated with asbestos. The group of volunteers, which included students as young as 13 years old, worked without any protective gear during several weekends to gut the building.


National Asbestos Awareness Week, April 1 - 7, will once again coincide with Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW). To accomplish this, we need to hear from you! Please Share Your Story with us today. Make your voice heard!  In 2004, the World Health Organization reported that, "asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis from occupational exposures resulted in 107,000 deaths." This isn't just a number; these are people. Each patient death results in grieving families and friends who have been impacted by preventable deadly diseases. So, ink your calendars and sign up to be a GAAW Supporter!


There is still time to register for the 2013 Asbestos Awareness Conference, "The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment." Our deadline is March 1. Looking forward to seeing you there!

In unity,


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ADAO Report: Flagrant Disregard for Public Health, Ohio Students Exposed to Asbestos

In a case of flagrant disregard for public health, a school in Middleburg Heights, Ohio is currently under criminal investigation for allegedly organizing several dozen teenage students and others to remove debris from a building contaminated with asbestos. The group of volunteers, which included students as young as 13 years, worked without any protective gear during several weekends to gut the building, which a nearby school intends to convert into classrooms and a gymnasium. Read More
  GAAW April 1 7

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

Register today for ADAO's Washington, D.C. conference on March 22 - 24, 2013! On Saturday, March 23, 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.  
Dr. Aubrey Miller, whose keynote address is entitled, "Asbestos in the Environment and Workplace: Public Health Issues and Concerns"
Please note the following conference events and opportunities:
Sunday, March 24:


ADAO is deeply grateful to our leadership, volunteers, and conference speakers, who are committed to making this year's conference the best yet. ADAO also thanks the organizations that have already committed to be 2013 Official Sponsors, especially our Platinum Sponsors, Baron & Budd, Motley Rice, and the Simmons Law Firm


The conference registration deadline is MARCH 1!
Click here to register!

Occupational Safety & Health Administration: Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards in Fiscal Year 2012

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. Hazard communication standard and respiratory protection violations rank number 2 and 4 respectively of the top most frequently cited standards in fiscal year 2012. Read More




Ann Samuelson
In 1982 my father, Stan "Swede" Grimberg died of mesothelioma, and I would never be the same. Justice knows no timeline.  With excellent medical care and his fighting spirit, my father lived a painful 18 months. He wanted to know his granddaughter, but he left us 6 days before her first birthday.  I was introduced to ADAO three years ago, and I now have a place to turn my anger into action. I am dedicated to supporting this organization's vital and important work.  
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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 tribute will  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.


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 Janelle, who is a part of our ADAO family. Read Janelle'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.


Mavis & Linda
I had the pleasure of attending the enormously successful Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) fundraising event, "Casino Royale. Be Shaken, Not Stirred!" in Derby, UK.  As Sir Winston Churchill said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."  The IATP room was filled with optimists, innovators, and educators! 
Over 100 attendees shared an exciting evening of dinner, disco, games, and, most importantly, meaningful connection.  The silent auction raised nearly 2,000 to support the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST). The event photos are on Photobucket for easy sharing. Read More 


Mesothelioma Warrior Heather Von St. James had a lung removed seven years ago when her daughter was only a few months old.  Her fears were overwhelming. Would she live to see her child grow up? On the first anniversary of her surgery, she and her husband, Cameron, started Lungleavin Day. At first it was just the two of them, but in 2012 they were joined by over 75 people to let go of fears and celebrate life.
ADAO is a proud participant in Lungleavin Day which, this year, will be expanded even further by webcast to Mesothelioma Warriors around the world. To join us, please go to Heather's Facebook fan page on Saturday, February 2 beginning at 6:00 pm Central Time and show your support. 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