In This Issue
President's Message
ADAO's July 11th Congressional Staff Briefing
Three Meso Warriors to Receive 2014 Alan Reinstein Award
ADAO Awarded Silver Stevie® Award
ADAO Memorials
Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S. 1009)
ADAO Thanks Rushville, Indiana for Raising Asbestos Awareness
Sharing Our Stories Gives Us Strength
Share Your Story: "Changed LIves - Cathy's Story
Community Benefit Ride in Memory of Mesothelioma Warrior, Rob
ADAO Sends Our Support for Action Mesothelioma Day
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President's Message 
July is a time for asbestos awareness advocacy, both in the U.K. and here in the U.S. On Action Mesothelioma Day, July 5, awareness events will be held across Great Britain. Wherever you live, you can show your support by sharing information about the day or donating to one of the numerous organizations hosting Action Mesothelioma Day events.

In the U.S., on July 11, ADAO will host a Senate Staff Briefing entitled "Asbestos: Impact on Public Health." We need your help now -- this week -- to urge the senators from your state to attend. A few minutes, a couple of phone calls, can make a huge difference in our fight for a world free from asbestos. Click here  for a phone call script and more information. 

We will never forget beloved Meso Warriors Debbie, Janelle, Helen, and Colin, who we lost in June, but, in their memory, we must move forward on the cause that meant so much to them.


In Unity,




ADAO is proud to announce that our fourth Senate staff briefing, entitled "Asbestos: Impact on Public Health, the Environment, and the Economy," will take place on Thursday, July 11 from noon to 1 pm in Washington, D.C. 

  1. Click here to find your two Senator's DC office phone numbers. It's easy - using the dropdown box on the top left to sort by states.
  2. Call your Senator using the script at this link.
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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is proud to announce that, for the first time, three honorees will receive the Alan Reinstein Award at the Asbestos Awareness Conference in 2014: Janelle Bedel, Heather Von St. James, and Lou Williams! The award recognizes these individuals' commitment to education, advocacy and support to countless patients and families around the world. Read More 
On June 17 in Chicago, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) had the honor of attending the American Business Awards' 11th annual Stevie Awards Banquet. The event was a spectacular celebration of innovation and impact. 
At the banquet, ADAO was thrilled to be awarded a Silver Stevie Award in the Company of the Year - Non-Profit or Government Organizations category. With profound gratitude, ADAO is delighted to share this award with the many ADAO volunteers, interns, supporters, brave patients and families, sponsors, donors, conference presenters, National Spokesperson Jordan Zevon, Honorary Celebrity Board Co-Chair Barbara Minty McQueen, ADAO Leadership, and our Science Advisory Board, all of whom fuel our work with contributions in dollars, hours, thought, and action. Read More 


Eulogy: "Remembering Janelle Bedel, Global Wonder Woman" by Linda Reinstein



ADAO Thanks Rushville, Indiana for Raising Asbestos Awareness


On Tuesday, June 18, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) traveled to Rushville, Indiana to present "Wonder Woman" Janelle, a Mesothelioma warrior, with the 2014 Alan Reinstein Award. This award, named after Linda Reinstein's late husband and the first ADAO President, recognizes Janelle's commitment to education, advocacy and support to patients and families around the world.
While in Rushville, Linda was honored to have the opportunity to spend time with the community members who relentlessly work to share Janelle's story and raise mesothelioma and asbestos awareness. Rushville, ADAO applauds you for bringing national and global attention to banning this deadly material. Read More

 Sharing Our Stories Gives Us Strength


Today, in memory of Meso Warriors Debbie Brewer and Janelle Bedel, we focus on Sharing Your Story. Not one story, but over 50 stories already on our website, and thousands more still to tell from around the world. One of the ways Meso Warriors find support is by knowing each other's stories. If you haven't read the powerful stories ADAO's community has told, we urge you to do so. Read More

"Changed Lives" - Cathy'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 Cathy, as shared by her daughter Heather Read Cathy'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.


Community Benefit Ride in Memory of Mesothelioma Warrior, Rob


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is proud to share with our community about "Ridin' the Wind with Rob," a benefit ride in Pekin, Illinois for transportation of all kind, followed by a spaghetti dinner and raffle. This phenomenal annual event is organized by ADAO community member Jill Cagle in memory of her husband, Rob. Rob tragically lost his life to mesothelioma on September 11, 2011 after a 6-year battle and numerous chemotherapy treatments. The ride will also be in memory of Jim McCoy, who lost his life in a vehicle accident. 


All proceeds from the event will go to the Robbie Cagle College Scholarship Fund, ADAO, and the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Read More

ADAO Sends Our Support for Action Mesothelioma Day

in the UK on July 5


Friday, July 5 is Action Mesothelioma Day in the UK. Organizations throughout the country will host events to raise awareness about mesothelioma and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease.


At a number of these events, participants will release doves and balloons as a poignant symbol of the countless individuals and families who have been affected by mesothelioma. June was a difficult month, as we grieved the loss of Debbie, Janelle, Helen, and Colin, but I encourage the ADAO community to join us in honoring their memory and moving forward in strength by supporting the UK's Action Mesothelioma Day.

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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