In This Issue
President's Message
Press Release: U.S. Surgeon General Issued Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos
A Profound Thank You to Our 2013 Sponsors
Thanks the Rahe Family for Their 2013 Diamond Level Gift
Asbestos Awareness Conference Wrap-Up
Online Conference Program
April 1 - 7, 2013 Global Asbestos Awareness Week
U.S. Representative Lois Capps, 2013 Tribute of Hope Award
Jordan Zevon, 2013 ADAO Special Recognition Award
Dr. Celeste Monforton, 2013 Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award
Mavis Nye, 2013 Alan Reinstein Award
ADAO Book: "Shared Stories: How Asbestos Changed Our Lives"
Lisa Harty, ""Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization: Enduring With Integrity"
ADAO Applauds the U.S. Senate for Unanimously Passing S. Res 66
Conference Survey
President's Message
Without a doubt, this year's International Asbestos Awareness Conference proved to be the best ADAO conference yet! On March 22-24, in Washington, D.C., over 30 renowned experts and asbestos victims from seven countries presented the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy, and treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases.Click here to view the full conference agenda.
Perhaps even more importantly, conference attendees - more than 100 doctors, scientists, advocates, and patients from around the world - took advantage of the opportunity to share innovative ideas, encourage one another, and build and strengthen bonds. 
To each of our wonderful speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and registrants: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are what makes ADAO powerful and what makes ADAO a supportive family for us all. 

For me, there were numerous highlights of the conference. Jordan Zevon, ADAO's National Spokesperson and a phenomenally talented singer and guitarist, performed beautifully at the Awards & Recognition Dinner, before receiving ADAO's Special Recognition Award for his tireless commitment to the organization. Both Jordan and Barbara Minty McQueen spoke powerfully and poignantly at the conference about their contributions to the global fight against asbestos.


ADAO had the honor of hosting several wonderful guests at our events, including Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration who presented ADAO's 2013 Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen; and Helen Seidel, Counsellor for Public Affairs for the Australian Embassy. Our keynote speakers, Captain Aubrey Miller and Karen Banton, were both informative and absolutely inspirational.


Dr. Monforton, who received ADAO's 2013 Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award, said it best: "Keep up the fight to identify more effective treatments for asbestos-related diseases. Keep strong the battle for a ban on asbestos in the U.S. Keep seeking justice for those whose lives and communities have been harmed because of it."


Together, change is possible.


Linda Reinstein, Social Networks 


ADAO Press Release 
Regarding the 2013 U.S. Surgeon General Asbestos Statement
Los Angeles, CA - April 1, 2013 - The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) applauds Surgeon General Regina Benjamin's statement today that "... there is no level of asbestos exposure that is known to be completely safe." ADAO joins her in urging "all Americans to learn about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to understand the steps they can take to protect their health." Read More...


ADAO sincerely thanks our 2013 Asbestos Awareness Conference Sponsors for their generosity and commitment to ADAO's work. We are very grateful for their support. Together, change is possible.


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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization does not make legal referrals.

ADAO is honored and profoundly grateful to the Rahe Family for their 2013 ADAO Diamond level gift in loving memory of Bob Rahe, who lost his courageous mesothelioma battle in 2008. With their generous gift, the Rahe family sponsored ADAO's pre-conference Patient and Family Lunch and U.S. Capitol Tour on Friday, March 22, which was a delightful time of connection and excitement for asbestos disease patients and their family members. ADAO recognized the Rahe family and their commitment to eliminating asbestos disease during our Awards & Recognition Dinner on Saturday, March 23. Read More
ADAO Thanks the 2013 International Asbestos Awareness Conference Speakers, Honorees, Leaders, and Volunteers

ADAO is deeply grateful to the many individuals who made this year's International Asbestos Awareness Conference the best ADAO conference yet. 

Aubrey Miller/Karen Banton


Online Program for ADAO's 
2013 International Asbestos Awareness Conference

Click here to view and share the 100-page program, which includes the conference agenda, speaker bios, ADAO honoree pages, beautiful family tribute pages, and more!
Schedule for Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Please note that the links included in the above schedule will not be live until the scheduled date listed 
GAAW April 1 7April 1: Linda Reinstein,  "7 Reasons for 7 Days" and Candle Light Vigil

April 2: Dr. Richard Lemen, "Asbestos: What Is It?"

April 3: Dr. Arthur Frank, "Why Is Asbestos Bad for My Health?"

April 4: 2013 U.S. Surgeon General's Asbestos Statement

April 5: Renae Desai and Linda Reinstein "Share Your Story: The Power of Community" 

April 6: Dr. V. Courtney Broaddus, "Partnering for Prevention"

April 7: Linda Reinstein, "Taking Education to the Digital Streets every Sunday for #BanAsbestosNow Action" and Candle Light Vigil

U.S. Representative Lois Capps, ADAO's 2013 Tribute of Hope Award Acceptance Speech
U.S. Representative Lois Capps, 2013 Tribute of Hope Award Acceptance Video Speech
Jordan Zevon, ADAO's National Spokesperson, 2013 Special Recognition Award Video 
Jordan Zevon, 2013 ADAO Special Recognition
ADAO Video in Honor of Dr. Celeste Monforton, Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Mavis Nye, ADAO 2013 Alan Reinstein Award Acceptance Speech

Mavis Nye, 2013 Alan Reinstein Award Conference Acceptance Video Speech

Tragically, asbestos has impacted so many of us. By sharing our stories, we help to build a community of solidarity and give strength to those who have suffered similar tragedies. At ADAO's Unity and Remembrance Brunch on Sunday, March 24, ADAO distributed a beautiful bound book of over 50 photos and stories from patients, their spouses, and children. The book was a poignant tribute to those affected by asbestos disease.

"If you have ever read the account of  Sir Ernest Shackleton's failed sea expedition, then you are aware that his vessel's name, Endurance, was eerily prophetic.  Having left Britain in 1914 with twenty-seven men for the Antarctic, Shackleton met the misfortune of nature cruelly imposing on this small group.  Months into the voyage, the vessel was trapped by polar ice and later crushed, leaving them with only high-risk options for survival.  Miraculously, under Shackleton's focused leadership and determination to obtain rescue, all were recovered alive three years later despite the inhumane conditions of the region." Read Lisa's complete blog
Washington, DC - March 18, 2013 - The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent asbestos victims' organization in the U.S., congratulates the U.S. Senate for passing Senate Resolution 66 designating April 1 -7, 2013 as "National Asbestos Awareness Week." This important week raises public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure.

"ADAO applauds the U.S. Senate for unanimously passing S. Res. 66, recognizing the first week of April 2013 as National Asbestos Awareness Week," said Linda Reinstein, President and Co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Read More
ADAO needs your help! If you either attended the 2013 International Asbestos Awareness Conference in person or watched the live online Ustream broadcast, please click here to answer 4 survey questions in order to provide us feedback about the conference. While we may not be able to incorporate every suggestion that we receive, we greatly value your input and will certainly rely on your feedback as we plan next year's conference, which we hope will be even stronger than this year's conference!

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