In This Issue
President's Message
Urge Your Two US Senators to Send Staffers to the July 17th Briefing
Send your Photo #Message2Congress
Jammin' For Asbestos Awareness on September 26, 2014
ADAO Supports Action Mesothelioma Day in the UK on July 4th
Are Your Kids Safe? Preventing Students and School Staff from Asbestos
ADAO Returns to DC for the 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, April 17 - 19, 2015
Asbestos: The Human Cost of Inaction
ADAO Applauds the Globe and Mail for "The Canadian asbestos epidemic that Ottawa is ignoring" Series
ADAO Guest Blogs for UK SHP Health and Safety Week
5 Lessons Learned from Mesothelioma: Coping with Reawakened Grief During Your Healing Journey
ADAO Presented at 4th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
"Giving Everything and Never Giving Up" - Dan's Story
Featured Video: Dr. Christine Oliver "Exposed to Asbestos: What's Next?"
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July 1st is Day 17 of ADAO's Countdown to Washington.  We are counting down every day between now and our Senate Staff Briefing on July 17th. Between now and then, 510 more Americans will have died from asbestos disease. We want Congress to know that these deaths need to stop. June has been a month full of accomplishments for ADAO. 


We presented at an international mesothelioma symposium and guest blogged for UK Health and Safety Week. These are such tremendous honors and we are very grateful. #Message2Congress photos are coming in  - we now have more than 150!


On a sobering note, our blog that had the most shares last month was Asbestos: The Human Cost of Inaction. It included a photo of gravestones and a ticking clock marking over 4,000 days since my late husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma, which was when we started ADAO.  Together, we all stopped to think about what four thousand days without an asbestos ban means. Thank you for sharing the blog and for sharing ADAO's message: that enough is enough. 


Before another day goes by, something must be done to stop asbestos- caused diseases. Click here to take action and send us your #Message2Congress today! 


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ADAO hand-delivered our "
Asbestos: The Impact on Public Health and the Environment"
staff briefing invitations to every Senate office and now we need your help.  

Call your two U.S. Senators to confirm they have received invitation and urge them to send a staffer on July 17 at noon.  We will be sharing our #Message2Congress photos and ADAO Share Your Stories too. 
Our presenters include:
  • Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant
  • Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM
  • Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist
  • Sandra Neuenschwander, Mesothelioma Victim
  • Linda Reinstein, President, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization


Send your Photo #Message2Congress 

Deadline: July 10


ADAO wants to take your face, your story, and your message all the way to D.C.! Congress needs to hear from you - asbestos victims, workers, members of the scientific community - that they need to act NOW to protect public health and civil rights.  


"PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Help spread the word about this horrible monstrous disease that has taken so many innocent lives already - how many more people have to die because Congress refuses to BAN ASBESTOS which causes Mesothelioma; that which almost took my husband, Mike, from me at the age of 30." - Jessica


Jammin' For Asbestos Awareness

September 26, 2014, 
National Mesothelioma Awareness Day
Tickets Go on Sale Soon! 


Join us for a great evening of jazz, blues and rock, featuring: Jordan Zevon, The Jiggawatts, Cosmic Radio, Clever, Two Drag Club, Man Down, Troi Atkinson, and Lumpy Gravy.


Tickets: $20, available after June 1st, online at or at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).  Special thanks to the Rahe Family! Read More...

Friday, July 4 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 events, participants will release doves and balloons as a poignant symbol of the countless individuals and families who have been affected by mesothelioma. Read more to view the list of some of the educational and memorial events throughout the United Kingdom. Read More... 



Last year, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) began an "inspection initiative in schools outside of local authority control." We can all learn from the "HSE: Asbestos in Schools" investigation and report to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Each day, 30 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases and without a ban, asbestos exposure and  imports continue. The United States Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) "estimates Read More...



ADAO's 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, "Where Knowledge and Action Unite", will be held April 17-19, 2015 in Washington, D.C. 


If you haven't been to an ADAO conference before, mark your calendar now. Read More...  


Since ADAO was founded in 2004, more than  100,000 Americans have died from asbestos- caused diseases and the USA imported more than 20,000 metric tons of asbestos.   That's the human cost of inaction.  
Enough is Enough.  

From the very first page of  Globe and Mail: "The Canadian asbestos epidemic that Ottawa is ignoring", we knew this series was dramatically different from any coverage about the asbestos tragedy we've seen before. Immediately, we hear the voice of the victim, John Nolan. And there is his face, looking out at us. Unforgettable. Read More...

"Asbestos: Prevention Remains the Only Cure"


It's wonderful when one tweet turns into collaboration!  

ADAO was honored to write a guest blog,"Asbestos: Prevention Remains the Only Cure" for the Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) in support of the UK Health and Safety WeekRead More...
"Grief is the price we pay for love," said Queen Elizabeth II. Grief doesn't magically end after a loved one's death, and holidays can bring back powerful memories of longing for happier times. During these past eight years, grief and loss have taught me many lessons about myself, life, and the goodness in others. Here are some thoughts from my personal experiences: Read More...
On Saturday, June 7 in Santa Monica, California, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) welcomed the opportunity to present on "Staying Focused and Energized in the Fight Against Asbestos and Mesothelioma" at the 4th International Symposium on
Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma.

This is ADAO's third year presenting at the symposium, the only U.S. conference dedicated to lung-sparing therapies for mesothelioma, attended by renowned experts from North America and Europe.Read More...

We have all been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a firm community bond. As a testament to the strength of our global family, ADAO is highlighting the courageous stories of our members with the "Share Your Story" feature on our website.

This month, we would like to honor the story of Dan, as shared by Karen and Jennifer, his wife and daughter, who are a part of our ADAO family. Read More...

Dr.  Christine Oliver "Exposed to Asbestos: What's Next?"

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