February eNewsletter
In This Issue
President's Message
Highlights from the 2014 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference
ADAO Guest Blog for IATP: "Standing On the Front Line of Prevention"
11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference
New Infographic: 2005 - 2014 ADAO Conferences
PRESS RELEASE: ADAO Announces Coference Registration Open
ADAO Launches "Meet the Speakers, Honorees, and ADAO Leadership" 11-Week Blog Series
Conference Sponsors
Conference Honorees
Conference Speakers, Honorees, and Performers
Conference Family Event: DC Trolley Tour
Conference Awards & Recognition Dinner
Conference Unity and Remembrance Brunch
Conference Scholarship Applications Now Available!
Honor Those You Love: 2015 Conference Family Tributes
Conference: Know Before You Go!
VALOR: Lou Williams Lives Life with Courage, Love, and Unity
IATP's Annual Winter Wonderland Fundraising Event
Dr. Irving Selikoff: Clinician, Researcher, Public Health Advocate
Join ADAO for 2015 World Cancer Day
ADAO Opposes the FACT Act
ADAO Interview with Heather Von St. James
ADAO Interview: with Yvonne Waterman
"I fight on for all our Meso Warriors past, present and future. ~ Mavis' Story
"Mesothelioma Has Changed Our Lives Forever" ~ Paul's Story
"Put a Smile On" - Mary's Story
"A Story No One Should Ever Have to Tell" ~ Selina's Story
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 2014 Year in Review


Register for the 2015 Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference!


2015 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" 


2015 Conference "Meet the Speaker, Honoree, and ADAO Leadership"


ADAO SlideShare PowerPoints


INFOGRAPHIC: "Asbestos is Legal and Lethal in the USA"


INFOGRAPHIC:ADAO Asbestos Conferences 2005-2014


2014 U.S. Surgeon General Statement


ADAO YouTube  

Global Calendar 


  Archived eNewsletters 


Archived Blogs  

For the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, February holds a plethora of exciting new opportunities. Several days ago, I returned from Karachi, Pakistan, where I was honored to present "Global Asbestos Challenges and Progress in the 21st Century" at the 2nd World Asbestos Congress. The event, hosted by the inspirational Ahmed family, brought individuals and organizations together from around the world.  In this spirit, I could not help but get excited for our own ADAO conference coming up in just a few months! 


The 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, "Where Knowledge & Action Unite," takes place this April 17-19, 2015 in Washington, D.C. ADAO is hard at work making this conference our best ever, with more educational materials, press, influential speakers, and honorees than ever before. Register today! You can learn more about our wonderful speakers, honorees, and ADAO volunteers in this weeks special edition conference eNewsletter and through our upcoming weekly "Meet the Speakers, Honorees, and ADAO Leadership" 11-week blog series. This week, we featured our national spokesperson & conference performer - Jordan Zevon. You can also learn more about ADAO's progress over the last 11 years with our new 2005 - 2014 Conference Infographic! Thank you to all of our sponsors and donors  for supporting this important event.  


In addition, we are proud to be featuring two interviews, one with Yvonne Waterman, organizer of the European Asbestos Forum (EAF), and the other with Heather Von St. James, the creator of Lungleavin Day. From our ADAO asbestos community, Lou Williams and Mavis Nye stand out as bright beacons of hope in the constant fight for asbestos awareness. Finally, be uplifted by our inspiring new "Share Your Story" submissions.


This month, I invite you to join us, learn about our upcoming conference, continue the fight for asbestos awareness and prevention, and get involved! 


Together, change is possible. ~ Linda Reinstein, Social Networks

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO),  a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.

ADAO is a Registered 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization That Does Not Make Legal Referrals

Since 2014, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has been a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not make legal referrals.


During this past 11-years, ADAO has remained dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure to eliminate deadly diseases Read More ...
Global News
Featured Video

Guest Blog for IATP: "Standing On the Front Line of Prevention"

As always, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is honored to be featured in the Independence Asbestos Training Providers (IATP) newsletter with the article "IATP: Standing on the front line of prevention." This article is just one example of our ADAO and IATP's long standing tradition of Partnering for Prevention. Thank you, IATP, for continuing to support the efforts of organizations and asbestos victims everywhere. ~ Linda Read More ... 



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 Marriott in Washington, D.C. 

More than 30 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...

ADAO is proud to share our latest infographic detailing facts and stats from the 2005-2014 ADAO Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conferences.


Without a ban, asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA today, and imports continue. ADAO is the only U.S. nonprofit organizing annual conferences dedicated solely to preventing exposure and eliminating asbestos-caused diseases.


ADAO's conferences have brought together experts, victims, unions, and lawmakers to support our educational, advocacy, and community efforts. Over the last 10 years, 257 speakers from 14 countries including Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak have shared their knowledge and we have recognized 67 individuals and organization with our prestigious awards. Read More...


Press Release: ADAO Announces 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference - Registration Open


Today, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims, announced its speakers and honorees for the upcoming 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, entitled "Where Knowledge and Action Unite." Registration opens today. Read More ...


ADAO Launches "Meet the Speakers, Honorees, and ADAO Leadership" 11-Week Blog Series


ADAO is excited to present its new weekly "Meet the Speakers, Honorees, and ADAO Leadership" blog series as part of its 11th

Annual International Asbestos Awareness ConferenceThis series, which will highlight a new individual or organization each week, aims to provide general information about our esteemed speakers, honorees, and ADAO leadership in advance of the conference itself.  We are so grateful for the support of these dedicated individuals, who sacrifice their own time and resources to attend and share their knowledge with our community.

We are excited to to highlight ADAO National Spokesperson, Jordan Zevon as the first in this series!


2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Sponsors  


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2015 Gold Sponsor



2015 Silver Sponsor


Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen 

2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees 


American Public Health Association (APHA) will receive the Tribute of Unity Award for their relentless efforts, both nationally and internationally, to protect public health, ban asbestos, and increase public awareness about the danger of asbestos.


International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) will be presented with the Tribute of Hope Award for their steadfast commitment to advancing mesothelioma treatment, research for a cure, and patient support.


The Brazilian Labour Public Ministry will be presented with the Tribute of Inspiration Award for their untiring efforts to protect workers' safety and health at their workplaces and the pursuit of truth and justice for asbestos workers and victims.


Dr. Jorma Rantanen will be recognized with the Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime

Achievement Award in honor of his tireless dedication to increasing awareness about asbestos to eliminate diseases.


Troi Atkinsona mesothelioma patient, will be honored with the Warren Zevon "Keep me in Your Heart" Memorial Tribute for being an ADAO Ambassador to increase asbestos and mesothelioma awareness.


Ellen Patton, a mesothelioma patient, will be recognized with the Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.




ADAO Conference Family Event: DC Trolley Tour, April 17 


ADAO is absolutely delighted to announce that we are continuing to 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". This fun and free event will be an opportunity to connect victims, advocates, and families to make us even stronger.  


ADAO Conference Awards & Recognition Dinner, April 18


ADAO Conference Unity and Remembrance Brunch, April 19


International Asbestos Awareness Conference Scholarship Applications Now Available!



ADAO is excited to announce the new International Asbestos Awareness Conference Scholarships!  Thanks to the generosity of many, we are pleased to announce that - for the first time - we will be offering a handful of need-based conference scholarships to victims, family members, and occupational health students and workers.  This provides a great opportunity to those who otherwise could not afford to join asbestos experts, victims, and activists from around the world at the 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference.

Three types of scholarships are being offered this year:
To apply for any of these three opportunities, please fill out the single Scholarship Application Form, including a brief statement (250-300 words) about how you'd use what you learn at the conference to drive asbestos awareness and prevention through education, advocacy, and/or community support.  Please email this form to Scholarships@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org by March 1, 2015Read more...

Honor Those You Love: Conference Family Tributes



Together, change is possible, and ADAO needs your help.  This year, consider publishing a Family Tribute page in the 2015 11th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference program in honor of loved ones who have lost their lives or are currently battling asbestos disease. The ADAO conference program is another great way for families across the globe to unite and raise asbestos awareness. Your family's tribute page will not only serve to honor your loved ones, but all donations will go to support ADAO's continued efforts to eliminate asbestos-caused disease. There are 5 tribute donation levels allowing your loved one to be featured in a beautiful, full-page, 1/2 page, or 1/4 page tribute in the 2014 conference program. Read more...



The Crystal Gateway Marriott has a complimentary shuttle from Washington's Reagan National Airport (DCA) to the hotel every 20 minutes. Please do not confuse Crystal Gateway Marriott with Crystal City Marriott. On a mobile device, you can view the Crystal Gateway Marriott shuttle's location via real time live tracking (GPS) to see when the shuttle is arriving.

http://www.marriottdcaairportshuttle.com/Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately 45 minutes away from the Marriott by taxi. There is

NO shuttle between Dulles and the Marriott.



  • Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA, Phone: 1-703-920-3230
  • For other hotel information, please refer to their website here. 

To view a full list of conference events click here. 



Valor: Lou Williams Lives Life with Courage, Love, and Unity

Lou Williams is one of the most amazing women I've met during these past 11 years.  As an active Mesothelioma Warrior on Facebook, Twitter, and in the world of blogging, Lou's kind, courageous, hopeful, and newsworthy messages are read and shared around the world.  For Lou, helping those in need of information, comfort, or support gives her added fuel for the war she rages on Mesothelioma.  Believing in unity, her national and international ban asbestos efforts have brought leaders, Warriors, and others together as we join together to end the deadly legacy of asbestos.  

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ADAO Presents at 2015 World Asbestos Conference: "Global Asbestos Challenges and Progress in the 21st Century"


Congratulations to the Ahmed family of Pakistan! In an effort to drive awareness of and push for a ban on asbestos in Pakistan, on January 31, 2015, they hosted the 2nd World Asbestos Congress. ADAO has had the pleasure of working with the Ahmed family for several years, last year presenting via Skype at the 1st World Congress. Over 100 delegates from several countries were in attendance, as asbestos prevention, education, and ban asbestos movement were discussed. It was an honor to be an international speaker and present "Global Asbestos Challenges and Progress in the 21st Century" at such a collaboration. In my presentation I covered the challenges, pitfalls, and problems that we are facing in the fight against asbestos while also discussing progress in the futureRead more...

Dr. Selikoff"s legendary research and work help to advance workers' health and safety. His contributions in shaping public policy are unmatched. As Sir Isaac Newton said, "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." Thanks to Dr. Selikoff and many other researchers, we have irrefutable facts to continue the crusade to end the deadly legacy of asbestos.

For me, he was more than a researcher; he was a humanitarian.  I often reference his quote "Statistics are people with the tears wiped away." Read More ...


Every year on February 4th,
millions of people from from all walks of life and many different countries unite together on World Cancer Day to fight the global cancer epidemic. Coordinated by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), World Cancer Day raises awareness and education about cancer and persuades governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease. The ultimate goal is a 25% reduction of premature cancer deaths by 2025. Read more...


Once again, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is disappointed in Congress' inadequate efforts to protect asbestos victims' rights. Instead of pushing towards an asbestos ban and protection of victims' civil liberties, the U.S. House of Representatives is fast-tacking a bill crafted and promoted by the asbestos industry. It's called "Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act (H.R. 526), and it will force private asbestos bankruptcy trusts to publicly disclose asbestos victims' personal information, as well as create burdensome new requirements that will delay justice for dying asbestos victims. Read more...
Heather Von St James is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. She was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the extremely young age of 36, only 3 months after her adorable baby girl was born. Although this tragically transformed her life, Heather was determined to beat the disease, continue her long-loving marriage, and raise her daughter. Read More...

ADAO Interview: Yvonne Waterman, Organizer of the European Asbestos Forum 2015

I had the pleasure of interviewing Yvonne Waterman Ph.D. LL.M., organizer of the European Asbestos Forum 2015 (EAF). Many of you have met her at ADAO conferences. She is a specialist in asbestos liability law in daily life and also a Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN) Charter Member for the Netherlands. 

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"Mesothelioma Has Changed Our Lives Forever" - Paul's Story


"Put a Smile On" - Mary's Story 


"A Story No One Should Ever Have to Tell" - Selina'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