In This Issue
President's Message
ADAO Releases Video Featuring Acting U.S. Surgeon General and Mesothelioma Patients
A Profound Thank You to Our 2014 Sponsors and Donors
ADAO Community Unites for Mesothelioma Awareness Day Events
ADAO Creates Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team!
Fall is Pie Season: Time for the ADAO "Make a Pie -- Take a Pie... Ban Asbestos!" Challenge
ADAO Features 100 Powerful Patient and Family Stories for Mesothelioma Awareness Day
ADAO to Participate in 1st International ASEA Asbestos Safety and Management Conference in Australia
ADAO Guest Blogs for UK SHP
October is Health Literacy Month!
The 9/11 Tragedy Continues, 13 Years Later
Exclusive ADAO Interview with Lisa Rahe Thompson, "Jammin' for Asbestos Awareness" Organizer
"What You Don't Know Can Kill You" - Michael's Story
"Baby, I'm Going to Die" - Glen's Story
"Pain from Something Every Day" - Marlyn's Story
"I Was Given a Second Chance for the Purpose of Helping Others Through this Horrible, Unnecessary Cancer"- Tina's Story
"More Research is Needed Desperately" - Reg's Story
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2014 Conference Sponsors and Donors 


April 17 - 19, 2015 Annual Conference 


ADAO "Share Your Story Collection" 


ADAO SlideShare PPT


INFOGRAPHIC: "Asbestos is Legal and Lethal in the USA


2014 U.S. Surgeon General Statement


ADAO YouTube 


Global Calendar 


  Archived eNewsletters 


Archived Blogs  


 2013 Year in Review 

President's Message  

Linda 2012   

As September comes to an end, I am saddened that, once again, I have been on the phone with members of the U.S. Congress voicing our objections to legislation that does not adequately protect public health or asbestos victims' civil rights. ADAO is the only organization bringing the voice of asbestos victims to Congress. In this ongoing struggle, we gain strength from nearly 100 Share Your Stories and our new 80-second video "Asbestos: Still Legal. Still Lethal." shared on our website in honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day. When we take your Meso Warrior stories to Congress, they understand that asbestos victims are people not statistics, including their shattered families they leave behind.


I want to extend my tremendous gratitude to everyone who organized and attended ADAO benefit events during September:

Looking ahead, October is Health Literacy Month, a time to promote the importance of understandable health information. Watch for our ADAO three-part blog series on asbestos disease prevention, high risk occupations, and early warning symptoms.


In unity, Linda Reinstein Social Networks  

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Video || Asbestos: Still Legal, Still Lethal.
"The asbestos issue is not a thing of the past. It continues to this day," said Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak at the 2014 ADAO Conference. Dr. Lushniak's words open ADAO's new 80-second video: Asbestos: Still Legal. Still Lethal."

We are very grateful to Heather Von St. JamesLou Williams, and Paul Zygielbaum, and the families of Michael BradleyDebbie Brewer, and June Breit for allowing us to make their voices heard. Thanks also to ADAO National Spokesperson Jordan Zevon for allowing us to use his father, Warren Zevon's, song "Keep Me in Your Heart."



A Profound Thank You to Our 2014 Sponsors and Donors


ADAO sincerely thanks our 2014 Asbestos Awareness Conference Sponsors and Donors for their generosity and commitment to support ADAO's work.   ADAO is especially grateful to our Platinum Sponsors Motley Rice LLC, the Simmons Law Firm, and Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C. and Silver Sponsor Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen. 

ADAO Community Unites for Mesothelioma Awareness Day Events


After a weekend of powerful and emotional Mesothelioma Awareness Day events, I returned to the ADAO office full of gratitude to everyone who spoke up to make the voices of asbestos victims heard, and to the organizers who put so much effort into making these events successful. In addition, many of you who could not attend an event, united with us by joining the Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team or by Taking a Pie in the face (like I did.) A very special thank-you to Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson, who was by my side all weekend long, performing at Jammin' for Asbestos Awareness in Omaha, NE on September 26, and then flying to Alton, IL for the Miles for Meso run on September 27.  Read more...

For the first time, ADAO Creates Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team!


  More than 30 ADAO Mesothelioma Warriors Virtual Team members, in honor and support, were paired with Miles for Meso runners. Sarah did a magnificent job making our first effort possible. I had to fight back tears when I saw the names of dear friends and Alan on the bibs of runners. ADAO sends our sincere thanks to our ADAO Team Captains, Herman, Lou, Ann, Heather, Sandra, Courtney, Jessica (also created our wonderful Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team graphics), and Jennifer, each Warrior or family who submitted a name, and to the wonderful runners who represented Warriors from around the world on September 27 2014. Read More...

Fall is Pie Season: 

Time for the "Make a Pie -- Take a Pie... Ban Asbestos!" Challenge


Guess who Took a Pie for Asbestos Awareness?  ADAO National Spokesperson Jordan Zevon. Actually, he took two pies.


"I've just taken the ADAO 'Make a Pie - Take a Pie... Ban Asbestos!' Challenge," said Jordan.  "Hell of a way to raise asbestos awareness - but I'll do anything to spare others from mesothelioma and other preventable asbestos-caused diseases. Now... I challenge, Barbi McQueen, Jordan Summers and Sean Fitzgerald to take the challenge or make a $100 donation to ADAO."


ADAO has extended the Pie Challenge through November 30. Click here for all the details. Now you know just what to do with that leftover pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving!

As we complete a week of activities in honor of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the courageous Mesothelioma Warriors around the world and their stories. Since ADAO was founded, nearly 100 patients and families have shared their stories with us. Read More...

ADAO to Participate in 1st International ASEA Asbestos Safety and Management Conference in Australia

The Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) will host its 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management on November 16-18, 2014 in Melbourne. I am delighted to join Dr. Richard Lemen, Dr. Ken Takahashi, Laurie Kazan-Allen, and other speakers at the ASEA conference. Read More... 

ADAO Guest Blogs for UK SHP: "Asbestos and Mesothelioma Awareness are Circling the Globe"


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Through collaborative action, we can support each other in our mutual goals and raise mesothelioma awareness not just in the United States but around the globe. ADAO was honored to write a guest blog for the UK online magazine - 
Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP)
- in support and recognition of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26, 2014. Read more... 


October is Health Literacy Month, and at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), that means saving lives through prevention. Everyone should know the Irrefutable Facts about how to protect your loved ones from asbestos exposure because the only two ways to end asbestos-caused diseases are prevention and a cure.


Check back with ADAO this month to read and share our 3-part Health Literacy Month Series, which includes: 


Part One: Be a Health Literacy Hero published on 10/6


Part Two: High Risk Occupations published on 10/20


Part Three: Understand the Warning Symptoms for Asbestos-Caused Diseases published on 10/27


Our hearts are heavy at ADAO as we remember the nearly 3,000 innocent lives that were taken 13 years ago. Countless more have died since then due to toxic exposure. When the towers collapsed, building debris blanketed Lower Manhattan, exposing thousands of residents and workers to known hazards in the air, including over 2,000 tons of asbestos. Read More...

Exclusive ADAO Interview with Lisa Rahe Thompson, "Jammin' for Asbestos Awareness" Organizer

We can't thank Lisa Rahe Thompson enough for organizing the Jammin' for Asbestos Awareness concert on September 26!  ADAO would like to share her dedication to raising awareness and our appreciation for what she did with our readers. We asked Lisa to take a few minutes to share her thoughts with us. 


 "Baby, I'm Going to Die" - Glen's Story 



"I Was Given a Second Chance for the Purpose of Helping Others Through this Horrible, Unnecessary Cancer"- Tina's Story 





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