In This Issue
President's Message
Hundreds Rally around "Wonder Woman" Janelle Bedel
ADAO Named Finalist for 2013 Stevie Award
2013 Rotterdam Convention
Wall Street Journal Articles on Asbestos Litigation
Supporting Emily Bleyl as She Raises Asbestos Awareness in Honor of Her Uncle Larry Davis
"The Role of Government in Preventing Asbestos Exposure" Video Presentation by Dr. Richard Lemen
Preventing Hazardous Asbestos Debris Exposure after Disasters
ADAO Presents at International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies
Share Your Story: "I Just Want to See My Children Grow Up" - John's Story
Mesothelioma Patient Fundraisers
ADAO "Asbestos Awareness" Wristbands Circling the Globe
Where There Is Mesothelioma Awareness, There Is Hope
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President's Message 
In honor of the thousands of mesothelioma warriors and families whose lives have been devastated by asbestos exposure, please take a moment to think about how you can make a difference in your community. Every voice counts, and every action makes a difference
In May alone, four Meso Warrior families participated in events to raise awareness. Larry Davis' niece Emily Bleyl was recognized in the "30 Women to Watch" Facebook contest and designated her campaign efforts to raise asbestos awareness in loving memory of her uncle. This month, ADAO also extended support to Janelle and everyone who attended her May 19th fundraiser in Rushville, Indiana to help defray medical costs incurred from her fight with mesothelioma. On May 25th, David and Kieran Brewer raised cancer awareness at their local Relay for Life event in Liskeard, England in honor of Kieran's mother Debbie, a mesothelioma patient. Also on May 25th, a charity concert, Catch the Fire 2013, was held in Santee, South Carolina to benefit Michael's Find a Cure Fund.


May also involved awareness about ADAO - we are a finalist for a 2013 Stevie award and the Wall Street Journal published our Letter to the Editor. But ADAO is only recognized because of the power of our community, people like Emily, Janelle, David, Kiernan, Debbie, Michael, and you.


I thank you all for coming together as an ADAO family to support patients and families around the world who suffer from asbestos exposure and preventable asbestos-caused diseases.


In Unity,


Janelle Bedel

June 3 Blog: Hundreds Around the World Change Facebook Photos in Support of Mesothelioma Patient, Janelle

June 4 Blog: Rushville Mayor Appoints June 6th as Janelle Bedel "Wonder Woman" Day


May 9 Press Release: Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Named as Finalist for 2013 American Business Award

May 9 Blog: ADAO is Thrilled to be a Finalist for StevieŽ Award for Non-Profit Company of the Year



May 14 Letter to the Editor: 

2013 ADAO AAC Dr. R. Lemen:  
The collateral damage from the Oklahoma Tornado won't be tallied for decades. I urge you all to read the excellent The Huffington Post article "Oklahoma Tornado Health Risks May Lie In The Rubble."

Most Americans don't know that asbestos is a human carcinogen and are unaware about how to prevent hazardous asbestos debris exposure. During the search, rescue, recovery, clean-up and rebuilding following Oklahoma Tornado, there will be asbestos exposure, as some building materials contain asbestos roofing, tiles, insulation cement, insulation, and more. Read More 
The symposium, which is the only U.S. conference dedicated to lung-sparing therapies for mesothelioma, brought together renowned mesothelioma experts from North America and Europe. The symposium was once again chaired by Dr. Robert Cameron, the Director of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA, and prestigious faculty members, including Dr. Joseph Friedberg, Co-Director of the Penn Mesothelioma & Pleural Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Raffit Hassan of the Head, Solid Tumor Immunotherapy Section at the National Cancer Institute. ADAO was the only asbestos victims' organization invited to present among these esteemed doctors. Read More

"I Just Want to See My Children Grow Up" - John'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 John Read John'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.

Mesothelioma Patient Fundraisers

Great news - a new shipment of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization wristbands have arrived! 

Since 2004, ADAO has sold or donated more than 6,000 light blue "Asbestos Awareness" wristbands to individuals and organizations around the world. It has been empowering for asbestos victims and supporters to promote asbestos education, advocacy and community support. Wearing ADAO's exclusive blue asbestos awareness wristbands allows us to globally speak up and out about how to prevent exposure to eliminate asbestos-caused diseases. Read More 

"Big John" Fire Truck, Restored in Memory of Chief Winn
Each year, I am both humbled and inspired by the many actions I see ADAO's supporters taking to increase asbestos awareness and emphasize the need to protect our family members, friends and communities from harmful exposure. I was recently touched to learn that Motley Rice LLC joined forces with the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team in South Carolina to hold a special event advocating for asbestos awareness and honoring former firefighter, Chief John Winn, who bravely lost his life to mesothelioma in May 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