In This Issue
President's Message
Conference Events Timeline
Conference Hotel -The Crystal Gateway Marriott
Complimentary Wi-Fi for All 2015 Conference Attendees
Just Published! 128 - page ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Program
Live Broadcast of ADAO's 11th Asbestos Awareness Conference
Meet the 2015 ADAO Science Advisory Board and Conference Committee
2015 Sponsors
2015 Individual Donors
Speakers, Honorees, and Performers
Family Event: DC Trolley Tour
Awards & Recognition Dinner
Unity and Remembrance Brunch
ADAO's Conference Mobile App
Know Before You Go!
Media Information & Press Releases
"Badges: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers" by Earl Dotter
Infographic: 2005 - 2014 ADAO Conferences
U.S. Surgeon General for Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos
11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference Invitation
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2015 Conference Sponsors and Donors 


April 17 - 19, 2015 Annual Conference 


ADAO "Share Your Story Collection" 


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


INFOGRAPHIC:ADAO Asbestos Conferences 2005-2014


2015 U.S. Surgeon General Statement


  Archived eNewsletters 


Archived Blogs  



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. Spend a few minutes and read the latest conference and hotel updates.  There are just a few more days left to register! 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. You can also learn more about ADAO's progress over the last 11 years with our new 2005 - 2014 Conference Infographic! Thanks to you, ADAO remains a leader in asbestos and mesothelioma prevention.  We especially thank our volunteers, ADAO leadership,  sponsors, and donors  for supporting this important global event.


Together, change is possible. 


Linda Reinstein


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Family Trolley Tour - 12:00- 3:30 pm 

Private Speaker Dinner - 6:00 - 8:30 pm (By invitation)



Continental Breakfast 8:00 - 8:30 am

Lunch - 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Awards Dinner - 6:30 - 9:00 pm


Sunday Brunch

9:30 - 11:30 am

Thank you to our 11th International Asbestos Awareness Conference Hotel - the Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel in Arlington, VA

Here you can find the Marriott Guest Welcome Letter, with all pertinent information regarding your stay during the ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference.

The Crystal Gateway Marriott is located at 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202

ADAO is pleased to present complimentary   Wi-Fi for all 2015 Conference Attendees in their respective hotel rooms. 

ADAO is proud to present our 11th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference Program! The beautiful 128 page, program features important conference information as well as ADAO Sponsors, Mesothelioma Warriors, and partner organizations all working together for an asbestos ban. Thank you to all of the volunteers and ADAO Science Advisory Board/ Leadership who spent countless hours putting together this beautiful and educational program! The program will be printed and distributed to conference attendees at the 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, "Where Knowledge and Action Unite," April 17-19, 2015 in Washington D.C. Read more...


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) wants you to be a part of our conference this April 17-19, 2015, "Where Knowledge and Action Unite!"  Now everyone can listen to our world class expert presenters from anywhere with ADAO's online free live conference streaming. Click here to join in! Read more...

Thank you to all of the wonderful people who make up ADAO! It is these dedicated experts and volunteers who not only made our 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness possible but drive the force behind ADAO's actions and scientific expertise daily. This week we are featuring our ADAO Science Advisory Board and 2015 Conference Committee! Read more...

Get to know all of the speakers, honorees, and ADAO leadership through our 11-Week blog series - "Meet the Speakers, Honorees, and ADAO Leadership" blog series. 

2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Sponsors  


2015 Platinum Sponsors






2015 Gold Sponsor



2015 Silver Sponsor


Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen 

2015 ADAO Individual Donors 



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.


Congressman Bruce Vento will be honored posthumously with the 2014 Warren Zevon "Keep me in Your Heart" Memorial Tribute for his countless years of public service as a legislator and public servant. Susan Vento will be accepting the award in honor of her late husband.


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.




Family Event: DC Trolley Tour, April 17 


What: A trolley tour of our nation's capital, highlighting the best sites and points of interest!


When:  Meet at 12:00 PM, Trolley Tour leaves at 12:30 PM


Where: Meet in the lobby of the Crystal Gateway Marriott



A boxed lunch and light beverages will be provided.

  • Bring a jacket in case the trolley is open-air.

Please join us in thanking Marilyn Amento and Ann Samuelson for coordinating this wonderful excursion. If you have any further questions, please contact us through

Awards & Recognition Dinner, April 18


Conference Unity and Remembrance Brunch, April 19


ADAO's Conference Mobile App

As easy as one, two, three.

Download the app at on iTunes, called "ADAO Asbestos Information," so you can access all of the conference information easily from your iPhone.


Special thanks to Herman Hamilton for his continued leadership in the development of our mobile app.



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. 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. 


 2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Media Information


Look below for links to all of our Conference Press Releases!  



December 22, 2014 Press Release: Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Thanks 2014 Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers Who Led a Year of Change - Decade of Conferences Exceeds 2014 Goals


January 20, 2015 Press Release: ADAO Announces 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference: Registration Open


February 18, 2015 Press Release: ADAO Announces Nearly 40 Global Asbestos Experts to Present at the 2015 Conference



 March 30, 2015 Press Release: ADAO Announces Unity and Remembrance Brunch Sunday, April 19, Asbestos Victims and Families Join Together to Inspire Hope and Underscore Need for Ban


April 2, 2015 Press Release: ADAO Applauds U.S. Surgeon General for Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos in Support of National Asbestos Awareness Week


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is pleased to sponsor photojournalist Earl Dotter, and his groundbreaking photography exhibit, "Badges: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers."  


The most recent work in a successful career documenting hazardous jobs throughout American history, "Badges," features ID badges worn by asbestos workers alongside historic photographs of work sites, product advertisements, vintage photos, and product catalogs from industrial companies, connecting the human faces to the industry.The exhibit, honoring the legacy of asbestos research and workers health advocate - Dr. Irving J. Selikoff, features real life workers who spent their lives unknowingly mining and manufacturing products containing a lethal amount of asbestos. The companies were aware of the deadliness of their products, just as they are aware today, yet in many cases these dangers were ignored. Tragically, little has changed since the photos were taken - asbestos is still legal and lethal in the United States and in many countries around the world. 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...


Washington DC - April 2, 2015
- The 
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to prevent exposure and ensure justice for asbestos victims, today announced its strong support for the statement from Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, that reaffirms the dangers of asbestos. According to the statement: "National Asbestos Awareness Week is April 1-7 - a good time to remind Americans about the health dangers of asbestos exposure. Asbestos, a natural mineral fiber that is found in rock and soil, was widely used as insulation and fireproofing material in homes, commercial buildings, ships and other products, such as paints and car brakes. In recent years, asbestos use has decreased dramatically after it was linked to illnesses, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis."  He continued, "because of its use in so many products, asbestos is still of special concern." Read more...
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