In This Issue
President's Message
"Asbestos remains legal despite fatal illnesses linked to it" by David McCumber
ADAO Exceeded Our 2014 Goals
Infographic: Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization's Impact from 2004 - 2014
Video: Invitation to ADAO's Asbestos Awareness Conference April 17 - 19, 2015
Video: 2014 ADAO Conference Washington, DC Family Tour
Giving Tuesday || Be Counted || Donate Today
Asbestos: "Art, Science, and Politics" Conference Update from Dr. Barry Castleman
November: Australia National Asbestos Awareness Week
ASEA 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness & Management a Huge Success!
Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting Tradition on December 28 and January 4
ADAO Mourns the Loss of Jill, Mesothelioma Warrior and Friend
Order Your 2015 UK Meso Warrior Calendar Today!
INJUSTICE: Italian Supreme Court Overturned Ruling of Convicted Asbestos Criminal Stephan Schmidheiny
2014 Election: It's Time for Our Lawmakers to Embrace Bipartisanship and Ban Asbestos
Global Asbestos Awareness Week || April 1 - 7, 2015
Interview with Janelle Bedel's Family
"Put a Smile On" - Mary's Story
"So Many Dead Just for Others Greed" - Paolo's Story
"Her Death Reduced My Life to Rubble" - Paola's Story
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 2014 Year in Review   

 

2014 Conference Sponsors and Donors 

 

April 17 - 19, 2015 Annual Conference 

 

ADAO Video with Acting U.S. Surgeon General and Mesothelioma Patients

  

ADAO "Share Your Story Collection" 

 

ADAO SlideShare PowerPoints

 

INFOGRAPHIC: "Asbestos is Legal and Lethal in the USA

 

2014 U.S. Surgeon General Statement

 

ADAO YouTube 

  

Global Calendar 

   

  Archived eNewsletters 

 

Archived Blogs  

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE  
  
As we near the near the end of this year, I find myself reflecting on ADAO's 2014 accomplishments and our aspirations for 2015. 

 

This past month we have seen impressive activism.  We recently participated and spoke on global partnerships at the ASEA 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness & Management. The conference was a huge success with specialists from all over the world uniting under the same cause: to protect the public from the harms of asbestos. At the same time, Mark Catlin presented on ADAO's behalf at the American Public Health Association 142nd Annual Meeting and Expo. Furthermore the Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN) celebrated its 4th anniversary and the ADAO Impact infographic was released! This is an exciting time for ADAO and the international asbestos victims community; I am sure that 2015 will only bring more partnerships and progress. 

 

The end of the year is also the time when we reflect on our goals for the New Year, and though we have accomplished so much, there is always more to do and minds to change. ADAO will continue our work to protect asbestos victims' civil rights and public health. Now is the time, more than EVER, to bind together in unity, hope, and positivity to pursue our ever present goal of justice and support for asbestos victims around the globe. Thank you for joining me in this exciting journey, and cheers to even more progress in the new year!

 

In unity, Linda Reinstein, Social Networks 

IN THE NEWS
 "Asbestos remains legal despite fatal illnesses linked to itby DavidMcCumber, Hearst Washington Bureau Chief

Stephanie Harper, of Bonham, Texas, was a daddy's girl. When her father would come home from work - he was a handyman, a jack of all trades, doing auto mechanics, heating and cooling, anything - she'd grab him and hug him as hard as she could. "I'd sit on his feet and grab his pants legs," she remembers. Read More ...

Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, donors, and the 2014 Silver Sponsor Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen ,and especially our Platinum Sponsors Motley Rice LLC, the Simmons Hanly Conroy, and Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.COur growth in 2014 has been significant and we eagerly look forward to even greater success in 2015. Read More ... 
Infographic: Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization's Impact from 2004 - 2014

As the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) looks forward to our 11th International Asbestos Awareness Conference, April 17-19, 2015, I can't help but also look back at how far we've come. While preparing the "Social Advocacy: Where Knowledge and Community Unite" poster for the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) conference,  I found it difficult to put ADAO's 2004 - 2014 impact into words. We are who we are because of  YOU - our community - a powerful combination Read More ...
Invitation to ADAO's Asbestos Awareness Conference April 17 - 19
The 2015 Honorees, Speakers, and Sponsors will be announced soon!
2014 ADAO Conference Washington, DC Family Tour
Special thanks to Emily Bankhead, 2014 Diamond Sponsor, for making our tour possible.


 

We've been hearing about Black Friday and Cyber Monday for weeks  - and now it's Giving Tuesday. 

 

Join ADAO today for a global day dedicated to giving back. You can support ADAO's education, advocacy, and community support efforts by making a tax-deductible donation. We are the only independent non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to protecting asbestos victims' civil rights and public health.

 

Thanks to many, we've exceeded our 2014 goals and have had the most productive year ever as seen in our  2014 Year-In-Review.

 

It's a simple and rewarding - you can easily give by making a PayPal donation or by mailing a check. Click here to donate.

EDUCATION
Asbestos: "Art, Science, and Politics" Conference Update from Dr. Barry Castleman

"A conference was held in Bogota called Art, Science, and Politics on November 5-7.  Prior to this event, there were some reports in the local newspaper, El Tiempo.

The spokesman for the asbestos industry (Ascolfibras), a businessman with a medical education, assured readers in one of these newspaper reports that, "The type of asbestos used in Colombia is regulated and is safe."  This man was invited to the conference, but neither he nor anyone else from the industry came to address the meeting (he may have sent observers).  A response to his claims in the newspaper was prepared for the editor, co-signed by doctors in Colombia and foreign participants. 

~ Barry Castleman Read More ... 

 

November: Australia National Asbestos Awareness Week November 24 - 30 

Australians dedicated the month of November to educating citizens across the country about the dangers of asbestos in and around homes. Even though all six forms of asbestos have been banned in Australia, asbestos-related diseases continue to increase. With home renovations and DIY projects, deadly asbestos fibers are left to linger in the air and cause life-threatening health effects upon inhalation, especially by those who have not taken precautions to protect themselves. Even the smallest amount of asbestos dust can be lethal - so it is crucial to be aware of the dangers and the proper protection methods. Read more... 

Professor Ken Takahashi, Linda Reinstein, and Dr. Richard Lemen

ASEA 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness & Management a Huge Success!

 

There were over 250 delegates from five countries who attended the Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA)'s 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management landmark conference. It was an honor to be an international keynote speaker and present "The Importance of Building and Sustaining Strategic Global and Domestic Partnerships." Read more...

COMMUNITY

Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting Tradition on December 28 and January 4

 

Please join a Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting tradition as we "Light a Candle".  ADAO began helping Jill with the candle lighting tradition in 2009 and the list has grown to honor nearly 1,000 Mesothelioma Warriors around the world. 

 

The 2013 Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting List is online. If you would like to add a name to the 2015 Mesothelioma Warrior list, please click here and complete the online form. Submission deadline is December 20, 2014.

 

On December 28. 2014 we will light candles in loving memory of Mesothelioma Warriors around the world and on January 4, 2015 we will ignite our flames in love and support of Mesothelioma Warriors. 

 



Together, we mourn the loss of  Jill, an inspirational Mesothelioma Warrior, who passed away on November 8th.  Jill taught us many life lessons during her 18-year courageous battle. Jill, a wife, mother and grandmother, consoled, encouraged and inspired victims, their family and friends to hold hope and faith close to their hearts.  Read More ...
Order your 2015 UK Meso Warrior calendar today!

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ADVOCACY
INJUSTICE: Italian Supreme Court Overturned Ruling of Convicted Asbestos Criminal Stephan Schmidheiny

Italian Supreme Court acquitted convicted asbestos criminal, billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny, of his 18 years in prison sentence stating the evidence in the case was out of date.

Premier Matteo Renzi said, "It's not possible that for some cases the demand for justice runs out because there are some wounds that don't know time limits." SOURCE: Associated Press Read More ...
2014 Election: It's time for our lawmakers to embrace bipartisanship and ban asbestos

As the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) moves forward with our advocacy efforts in in Washington, D.C., we congratulate the Members of Congress who have and who will continue to serve our county.

 

More than 30 Americans die each day from preventable asbestos-caused diseases, yet asbestos imports continue. While promising research to improve treatment and cure mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases continues, prevention remains the only cureRead More ... 

Asbestos: One Word. One World. One Week. 
April 1-7, 2015 
GAAW April 1 7
FEATURED INTERVIEW

Interview with Janelle Bedel's family, Alan Reinstein Honoree, posthumously

ADAO FEATURED "SHARE YOUR STORIES"

"So Many Dead Just for Others Greed" - Paolo's Story


"Her Death Reduced My Life to Rubble" - Paola's Story


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 www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org