January eNewsletter
In This Issue
President's Message
Happy 10th Anniversary to Herman Hamilton
Every Asbestos and Mesothelioma Story Matters
Featured Video "Asbestos Awareness" by Robin Tucker
You're Invited! ADAO's 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference
2014 Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers Thank You
The History of Global Asbestos Awareness Week
The World Asbestos Conference in Pakistan
"International Day of Asbestos Victims" Book
Press Release: The Front Lines in 2014
2015 Conference Event: Family Old Town Trolley Tour!
The 2014 Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting Tradition
IATP's Annual Winter Wonderland Fundraising Event
The Asbestos Health Awareness Campaign in Indonesia
Asbestos Industry Pressures Vietnam to Continue Using Deadly Chrysotile Asbestos
Interview with Julie Burns
"What Ate My Mum? And Will it Eat Me?" - Janet's Story
"The Opportunity to Grow as a Person" - Mike's Story
"Asbestos Has Robbed Us" - Glenn's Story
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looks to the promising horizon of the New Year, we are encouraged by our supporters to work harder and longer for asbestos awareness, education, policy, and community initiatives. For us, 2014 was filled with great accomplishments hoisted up by a decade of toil and dedication.

This year we hosted the 10th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference featuring a keynote speech and official warning from the United States Surgeon General, Boris Lushniakorganized our sixth Congressional Staff briefing, secured the 10th Global Asbestos Week Resolution; shared more inspiring stories from our community; and bridged a stronger global asbestos awareness bridge by speaking and Partnering for Prevention with many global allies. 


Yet, our work is not done. Still - especially in developing countries like Vietnam where asbestos industry pressures succeeded in convincing the government to continue deadly chrysotile asbestos use - we see that we must be prepared for a fight to end asbestos consumption and prevent exposure worldwide. We move towards 2015 with more determination to create change than ever before. With our 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, Global Asbestos Awareness Week, and many more inspiring events on the horizon we hope to create a healthier and asbestos free world.


It is in you, our global partners, that we look for inspiration. I would like to personally thank you for your efforts and support. Special thanks to IAPT for hosting their annual Winter Wonderland Fundraising event, to the brave UK calendar girls raising money for a cure, to all the fearless warriors who have shared their stories with us, to those that have signed our global asbestos awareness week declaration, to Mezab Ahmed for his bravery in hosting the 2nd World Asbestos Conference in Pakistan, to all of our wonderful sponsors, donors, and tireless volunteers who led a year of change. We are ready to make change happen in 2015 with your continued love and support.   


In unity, Linda Reinstein, Social Networks 

Happy 10th Anniversary to Herman Hamilton


Loyal, dedicated, strategic, thoughtful, compassionate, talented, and friend are just a few of the words I would use to describe Herman Hamilton, ADAO Executive Assistant.


Herman gives more than time to ADAO, he puts his head, heart and soul into every project he manages and the work we do.


Please join me in thanking for his 10 years of volunteerism.  Herman, thank you for being you.  Love, Linda



Every Asbestos and Mesothelioma Story Matters.


David McCumber, Hearst Washington bureau chief with a career spanning over forty years, has been telling the REAL story about the plight of asbestos victims, corruption, and lack of policy to end this man-made disaster for decades.   Through his impactful writing, our stories and the shocking facts are being read, felt, shared, and remembered.




Featured Video

Thanks to college student Robin Tucker for making this inspiring and educational video entitled "Asbestos Awareness".  She creatively shares facts about asbestos as well as her family's personal battle with asbestos. 

Watch for the official ADAO conference launch on Tuesday, January 20th.

ADAO is excited to announce our 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, "Where Knowledge and Action Unite," taking place this April 17-19th 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriot in Washington D.C. 

More than 30 renowned experts and asbestos victims from ten countries will present the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy, and treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases. Read more...

Thanks 2014 Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers 

A Year of Change - Decade of Conferences Exceeds 2014 Goals

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) recognizes its sponsors, donors, and volunteers who were instrumental in a year of impact in 2014. As the organization plans for its 2015 conference, leadership takes a moment to specifically call out the names of those who have been so pivotal to this year's success.  Read more...

 The History of Global Asbestos Awareness Week April 1 - 7 Asbestos: One Word. One World. One Week.


The asbestos facts are irrefutable. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure. Yet, asbestos mining and use continues still.


The World Health Organization states:

  • About 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace.
  • More than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposure.

Read more... 

ADAO Supports The World Asbestos Conference in Pakistan


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is pleased to support the Ahmed family's World Asbestos Congress again. Last year's 1st World Asbestos Congress was a huge success and the President Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan stated:  


"I ... wish to congratulate Syed Haroon Ahmed, Syed Mezab Ahmed and the organizers of this conference for their efforts to raise greater awareness about asbestos and various health issues involved with its use. Scientific research has proved that asbestos is a human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure." 


This book contains the proceedings from the "International Day of Asbestos Victims" symposium organized by French National Association for the Defense of Asbestos Victims (ANDEVA) which was held in Paris on October, 12 2012.  This two-part book includes presentations from "State of Science" and  "State of the World. 

For more information about ANDEVA visit http://www.andeva.fr. 
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims; announced the highlights of its 2014 Year-In-Review. Read More ...

2015 Asbestos Awareness Conference Event: 

Family Old Town Trolley Tour!


ADAO is absolutely delighted to announce that we are continuing build our community through a pre-conference event for patients, their families, and international  speakers who are registered for the 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness conference"Where Knowledge and Action Unite". Read more...

The 2014 Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting Tradition 


Hundreds of candles flickered online and in homes on December 28 and January 4 as patients, families, and friends from around the world joined for the 2014 Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting Tradition. Read more.. 



Faces of Courage: A Tribute to Steve and Linda Wride


Traditionally, courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one and to possess strength in the face of pain or grief


Steve and Linda Wride truly embody courage in every sense of the word.  When Linda captured and shared Steve's black and white photo - something struck me. It wasn't his sparse hair and visible check bones that I saw, but rather his courage, gentleness, and peacefulness.  Steve was diagnosed with mesothelioma five and a half years ago, a diagnosis that not only turned his life upside down but also that of his family. Read more...

Since 2007, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) have been Partnering for Prevention with the vision of a world free from asbestos and asbestos disease. ADAO is pleased to support IAPT in their third annual Winter Wonderland fundraising event. Read More ...


The Asbestos Health Awareness Campaign in Indonesia


Guest blog by Paul Palmer, Murdoch University, Western Australia, Perth


On Sunday 21st December 2014, a group of students on a community development program from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, conduct an asbestos health awareness campaign at their community health day event at Sendangrejo Village, Sleman, Yogyakarta. Read more...

Once again, the pro-asbestos industry has lobbied for continued use of asbestos, and unfortunately they have succeeded in Vietnam...Why are the facts being blatantly ignored? Asbestos lobbyists have a lot to do with it.  Read More ...


Exclusive Interview with Julie Burns


I am pleased to share an interview with an extraordinary ADAO volunteer. After experiencing mesothelioma through her father's diagnosis, Julie Burns turned her personal tragedy into an act of remembrance and honor not just for father, but also for others. 


In 2009, Julie and I began working together upon Jill Vaughn's request. With team effort, the Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting list has tripled and now has nearly 900 names. Please join me in thanking Julie for working tirelessly to continue this important tradition.  Jill, we love and miss each day. Read more...


"I was Left Without my Biggest Supporter" - Alessandro's Story 


"What Ate My Mum? And Will it Eat Me?" - Janet's Story



"The Opportunity to Grow as a Person " - Mike's Story


"Asbestos Has Robbed Us" - Glenn's Story


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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 www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org