In This Issue
President's Message
ADAO Interview with Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak
ADAO Returns from the XX World Congress
What? Wait. Asbestos is a carcinogen!
Mesothelioma Awareness Continues Throughout September
"Make a Pie - Take a Pie...Ban Asbestos" Challenge Raises Awareness
"Jammin' for Asbestos Awareness" on 9/26, Meet the Performers:
The Jiggawatts
Lumpy Gravy
Troi Atkinson
ADAO is Honored to be the Beneficiary for the Miles for Meso Race
Exclusive ADAO Interview with David Dioguardi
Meet the ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team Captains!
"Fighting Every Minute of Every Day" - Karen's Story
"Life Is Precious" - Tom's Story
"I'm Fortunate To Still Be Alive"- Lenny's Story
Huffington Post's "50 Over 50 -- Giving Back" Features Reinstein
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Thank you to all of our ADAO supporters and sponsors for making it possible for us to Partner for Prevention worldwide. It was an honor to represent ADAO at the XX World Congress in August and be with colleagues who have dedicated their life to protecting public health and efforts to ban asbestos. At the Congress, the pro-chrysotile lobbyists were peddling their propaganda in spite of the proven scientific fact that all asbestos is carcinogenic. There is still an effort by a small minority to minimize the danger, but it was clear that our voices grow stronger and louder, and change is imminent. 


With Mesothelioma Awareness Day coming soon, there's a lot going on! Throughout September, join the "Make a Pie, Take a Pie Ban-Asbestos" Challenge, organized by Jessica Mattmuller and Donna Johnson.  And, yes, I did Take a Pie in the face myself. 


You can order tickets for the Jammin' for Asbestos Awareness concert in Omaha, Nebraska, on the evening of September 26 -- a wonderful benefit organized for ADAO by the Rahe family in loving memory of Bob Rahe. Or, you can join a Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team for the September 27 Miles for Meso 5K Run in Alton, IL, without leaving the comfort of your living room.


In just a few weeks, as a Mesothelioma Awareness Day Tribute, ADAO will publish a new, special edition newsletter featuring nearly 100 Meso Warriors -- every Share Your Story that has ever been submitted. Your voices have been heard.

In unity, 



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"The asbestos issue is not a thing of the past. It continues to this day." 

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak 

April 2014 Video Interview and Blog

ADAO Interview with the Acting Surgeon General, Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H.




On August 24-27, I had the honor to represent ADAO and present at the 20th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Frankfurt, Germany. Nearly 4,000 people attended the Congress dedicated to improving workers' health and safety. It was clear that asbestos is on everyone's radar, including International Labour Organization Director-General Guy Ryder's.  Our Asbestos in the Americas presentation was "standing room only." Read more...

What? Wait. Asbestos is a carcinogen so WHY would anyone STILL say that white chrysotile asbestos is safe?

Study after study has proven that all forms of asbestos are human carcinogens and there is no safe level of exposure. The asbestos industry has paid for junk science to create doubt and confusion to continue peddling asbestos. It's been called the ABC Defense: Anything But Chrysotile. It just isn't true. "Chrysotile is a scientifically-proven carcinogen." - Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH, retired U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Read More ...
For ADAO, mesothelioma awareness occurs every day of the year, but during the month of September, we unite with other organizations in support of Mesothelioma Warriors we know and love and remember those we loved and lost. ADAO will publish a special edition newsletter in honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, featuring nearly 100 Share Your Stories, interviews with members of our community who are organizing awareness events, and much more. This year, ADAO is grateful to benefit from three wonderful events for Mesothelioma Awareness Day -- "Make a Pie, Take a Pie Challenge," "Jammin' for Asbestos Awareness" and "Miles for Meso."  Read more... 

ADAO challenges YOU! Most people know that asbestos is hazardous to your health.  But, did you know that asbestos is NOT banned in the United States of America?  The United States and Canada are the only two industrial western nations that have not banned asbestos.  Thanks to Jessica Mattmuller and Donna Johnson's creativity, ADAO is launching the 
"Make a Pie, Take a Pie Challenge"
 this month to raise awareness and fight the misconception that asbestos has been banned.

To see how it works, click Here. Visit the ADAO YouTube Challenge channel for additional videos. Read more... 

Jessica Mattmuller
Jessica Mattmuller

Donna Boone Johnson
Donna Boone Johnson
Meet the Performers

ADAO is proud to continue highlighting all seven performers at the much-anticipated "Jammin' for Asbestos Awareness" event! In July we featured Jordan Zevon, in August we featured the Jiggawatts, Lumpy Gravy, Clever, and Troi Atkinson, and, coming in September, we'll feature Mandown and Cosmic Radio. This charity concert will take place at 7 PM on September 26 at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th Street, in Omaha, Nebraska. Purchase your concert tickets online today or at the door. "Jammin' for Asbestos Awareness," organized by the Rahe Family in loving memory of Bob Rahe, combines quality music and family fun in an effort to raise asbestos awareness and funds to prevent exposure to eliminate asbestos-caused diseases. Read more...


Troi Atkinson


ADAO is Honored to be the Beneficiary for the Miles for Meso Race on September 27 in Alton, IL

Join the ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team! Registration is for Warriors who are courageously fighting mesothelioma or have lost their battles. Each Miles for Meso Race Day runner will wear the name of a Warrior on his/her jersey. ADAO will design a photo collage of the people Read More ...

Exclusive ADAO Interview with David Dioguardi, Asbestos Superdad and Mesothelioma Warrior

David Dioguardi has been battling Mesothelioma cancer since September of 2011. Through his inspiring hope and optimism in the face of extreme hardship, he has nicknamed himself the "Superdad" with his family. Today, David heroically tries to instill this Read More ...

Meet the ADAO Miles for Meso Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team Captains!

Whether in person or as an ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team member - you can join us on the starting line as we race for asbestos and mesothelioma awareness.  
This year, the 6th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K race and 2K fun run/walk at 9 AM, on Sat., Sept. 27th in Alton, IL will benefit ADAO.


ADAO sends our thanks to the Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team Captains: Herman, Lou, Ann, Heather, Sandra, Courtney, Jessica, and Jennifer! Read more...


Huffington Post's "50 Over 50 -- Giving Back" Features Reinstein - Guest Blog by Dr. Richard Lemen

Usually when I read something about ADAO, it is a scientific infographic sent to me by Linda Reinstein for review or an overview for a Senate Staff Hearing we are presenting. Last week I read something entirely different, written not by Linda, but by her 21-year-old daughter Emily. 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