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June 23, 2018

ADAO Applauds U.S. Surgeon General for Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos in Support of National Asbestos Awareness …

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

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.”

Since 2004, ADAO has been working with Congress and the White House to prevent asbestos exposure in efforts to eliminate deadly asbestos-related diseases. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Statement coincides with National Asbestos Awareness Week, (April 1 – 7) as designated by the Senate in its 11th consecutive annual resolution that includes an indisputable list of facts about the dangers of asbestos. This important educational week raises public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure and coincides with the international educational campaign – Global Asbestos Awareness Week.

“It is unconscionable that our country continues to import deadly asbestos and that it continues to be used in products that we are unknowingly exposed to,” stated Linda Reinstein, ADAO Co-Founder and President. “We are grateful to U.S. Surgeon General Murthy for his statement reaffirming the dangers of asbestos, helping to spread the word that there is no safe level of exposure. It is especially meaningful on the second day of Global Asbestos Awareness Week, which ADAO has dedicated to the previous U.S. Surgeon General Statements and the past 11 U.S. Senate Resolutions. More than fifty countries have banned asbestos, but the U.S. is not one of them. 10,000 Americans die each year due to asbestos exposure and the time for a ban is long overdue. Millions of tons of asbestos remain in U.S. homes, schools, offices, and factories. Enough is truly enough.”

Despite its known dangers, asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA and imports continue. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

ADAO’s 11th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference features more than 40 renowned medical experts and asbestos victims from ten countries, focusing on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy. To register for ADAO’s 2015 conference, click here.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.

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ADAO Applauds U.S. Surgeon General for Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos in Support of National Asbestos Awareness …

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Praises Senate for Passing the Bipartisan 11th Annual "National …

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to prevent exposure and ensure justice for asbestos victims, today praised the Senate for the passage of a resolution establishing the Eleventh Annual “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” This important educational week raises public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure and coincides with the international educational campaign – Global Asbestos Awareness Week. The Senate Resolution is led by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and cosponsors – Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Harry Reid (D-NV), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Despite its known dangers, asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA and imports continue. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

Linda Reinstein, President and Co-Founder of ADAO, expressed her gratitude commenting: “On behalf of ADAO, I would like to thank Senator Markey, Co-Sponsors, and full Senate for unanimously passing the 11th Annual ‘National Asbestos Awareness Week’ Resolution. We are extremely pleased to have such strong bipartisan backing of this critical resolution once again so that we can continue our concerted efforts to educate the public on the dangers of asbestos and build a legacy of hope for victims of asbestos each year.” She continued, “Most Americans can’t identify asbestos or manage the risk associated with repairs, renovation, construction, or disasters. The powerful 15 facts outlined in the resolution underscore the dangers of asbestos. Since 1900, the USA has consumed 31 million metric tons of asbestos, which has caused one of the largest man-made disasters. Each year, 10,000 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases. We are hopeful and encouraged by efforts to reform the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) from 1976 that has failed to ban asbestos and protect Americans from nearly 84,000 chemicals that have been grandfathered into commerce.”

“My decision to lead the sponsorship of this resolution was an easy one to make as I firmly believe that the key to ending asbestos related deaths is education and prevention and I applaud ADAO for its work to help further this important goal,” stated Senator Edward Markey. “The establishment of the Eleventh Annual Asbestos Awareness Week comes on the heels of my co-introduction, with Senator Barbara Boxer, of another important piece of legislation – the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act, S. 725 – which seeks to protect children and communities from the dangers of toxic chemicals and specifically calls for a ban on asbestos. I remain enormously encouraged by the bipartisan efforts taking place to end exposures to toxic substances like asbestos.”

Senator Barbara Boxer said: “Asbestos is one of the most dangerous substances known to humankind – it takes 10,000 lives a year. National Asbestos Awareness Week is an important reminder of why we need to fight to ensure that our families and children are protected from this lethal hazard. That is why Senator Markey and I recently introduced S. 725, the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act, which specifically addresses the threat posed by asbestos.”

ADAO has worked with members of the Senate since its founding in 2004 to unanimously pass annual asbestos awareness resolutions and has secured three U.S. Surgeon General asbestos statements in 20092013, and 2014 educating Americans about the dangers of asbestos and steps to prevent exposure. A copy of the resolution can be found here.

ADAO will hold its 11th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 17 – 19, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. More than 40 renowned medical experts and asbestos victims from ten countries will speak on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy. To register for ADAO’s 2015 conference, click here.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. ADAO, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, does not make legal referrals.

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

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

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. ADAO is the only U.S. nonprofit organizing annual conferences dedicated solely to preventing exposure and eliminating asbestos-caused diseases.

The conference will be held April 17-19, 2015, in Washington, DC. More than 30 renowned medical experts and asbestos victims from more than 10 countries will speak on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy. The conference will also include an Awards and Recognition Dinner and a Unity and Remembrance Brunch.

“The 2015 ADAO conference is another key milestone for progress in public health that addresses the needs of countless asbestos victims and their families who seek answers,” said Dr. Richard Lemen, retired U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair. “I am honored to again be supporting and participating in this critical event.”

“As our 11th Annual Conference grows closer, I continue to be astounded at what we can accomplish when we come together,” stated Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder of ADAO. “Each year, more than 107,000 people die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases. Most people can’t identify asbestos or manage the risk. Without a ban, imports continue. I am looking forward to again joining together with the dedicated ADAO supporters, experts, volunteers, victims, and their families at this highly collaborative event. As a grassroots organization, we are truly thankful for the dedication and support of our many donors and volunteers who continue to prove that knowledge is power.”

Each year, ADAO’s conference recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations from around the world that serve as a voice for asbestos victims, raising awareness and advocating for a worldwide asbestos ban. ADAO is delighted to announce the 2015 ADAO Honorees which include: The American Public Health Association (APHA), the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), The Brazilian Labour Public Ministry, Dr. Jorma Rantanen, Troi Atkinson, and Ellen Patton.

To register for ADAO’s 2015 conference, visit the following link: http://www.cvent.com/d/qrqjmy

About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

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 nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy, and community. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Selected to Present at Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication …

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

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; has been selected to present at the Australian Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA)’s 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management on November 16-18, 2014 in Melbourne.

“ADAO is tremendously honored to have been formally invited, alongside many of the world’s top ban asbestos leaders, to participate and present in this world class event,” stated ADAO President and Co-Founder Linda Reinstein. “I am pleased about the level at which this event furthers our efforts as a truly global organization focused on helping to implement a worldwide ban. We applaud ASEA for their leadership and continued proactive stance to help build an extensive system to protect its citizens – a plan that many other countries would like to emulate.”

ADAO’s participation in the event, titled “Working towards an asbestos free Australia”, is diverse:

  • Dr. Richard Lemen, Co-Chair of the ADAO Science Advisory Board, will give the international keynote on “Asbestos and Public Health: A US Perspective” at the plenary session on November 17.
  • ADAO President and Co-Founder, Linda Reinstein, will be presenting a keynote speech on “The importance of building and sustaining strategic global and domestic partnerships” followed by a panel discussion with Paul Bastian, National Secretary at Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and Kate Lee, Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA, Australian Council of Trade Unions at afternoon session on November 17.
  • Ms. Reinstein will also participate in the “Creating an Environment for Change” panel on November 18, which also includes Dr. Ken Takahashi, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre, Japan; in addition to Peter Tighe, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Chief Executive Officer; and Laurie Kazan-Allen, Coordinator, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat.

Peter Tighe, ASEA Chief Executive Officer, remarked: “November is (Australia’s) National Asbestos Awareness Month and the [ASEA] agency has organized a conference featuring well renowned international experts in asbestos management, health, advocacy and governance to challenge delegates into thinking how Australia can drive change in our region and globally when it comes to the continued manufacturing and distribution of asbestos containing materials. This event will provide a stimulating and entertaining environment for delegates and stakeholders to discuss the big issues facing them in raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos in our work and domestic environment and how it can be managed into the future.”

Interested parties can obtain more information at ADAO’s conference webpage and obtain a full program at the ASEA conference site.

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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Acting U.S. Surgeon General Issues Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos in Support of National Asbestos Awareness Week

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) applauds the statement today from Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General that “There is no known safe level of asbestos exposure and precautions should be taken to protect your health.” As his statement explained, “Scientists have long understood that asbestos can cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other lung diseases when the fibers are inhaled…Apparent symptoms and disease may take many years to develop following exposure, and asbestos-related conditions can be difficult to identify.”

ADAO is honored that Dr. Lushniak will be the keynote speaker at our 10th Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Conference, “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” April 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Since 2004, ADAO has been working with Congress and the White House to prevent asbestos exposure in efforts to eliminate deadly asbestos-related diseases. The 10th annual Senate Resolution 336, designating April 1 – 7 as National Asbestos Awareness Week includes a chilling list of facts about the dangers of asbestos. “Asbestos is deadly. It does not think; it just kills. This so-called miracle mineral gets into your body and doesn’t show itself for years,” said Michael Bradley, a 29-year-old mesothelioma patient. Bradley is a presenter at the ADAO Conference, on the topic “Asbestos Ruined My Life.” Each day of the 2014 Asbestos Awareness Week educational campaign features the Acting U.S. Surgeon General’s statement, guest blogs from experts and patient stories like Bradley’s, shared through social media networks.

“More than 10,000 Americans die every year from preventable diseases, yet exposure continues,” stated Linda Reinstein, ADAO Co-Founder and President. “The time is now for Congress to begin the steps to reduce and eventually stop asbestos imports and ban asbestos. Fifty-five countries have banned asbestos, but the U.S. is not one of them. Millions of tons of asbestos remain in U.S. homes, schools, offices, and factories. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that in 2013, U.S. asbestos consumption was 950 tons in order to meet ‘manufacturing needs.’ There is consensus from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, World Health Organization, International Labor Organization, and International Agency for Research on Cancer that asbestos is a carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.”

To read the Acting Surgeon General’s full statement, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/04/20140402a.html.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims a united voice to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected, and raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the often deadly asbestos-related diseases. ADAO is funded through voluntary contributions and staffed by volunteers. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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Acting U.S. Surgeon General Issues Statement on the Dangers of Asbestos in Support of National Asbestos Awareness Week

Tenth Annual ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Features Prominent Experts including Acting U.S. Surgeon General

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community support, is hosting its 10th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference Saturday, April 5 & 6, 2014, with activities planned throughout the weekend. The international conference provides education and outreach to families, employers/employees and scientists on a global scale as part of ADAO’s continuing effort to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos, ban its use, and encourage research efforts to improve treatment options.

WHAT: ADAO’s 10th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference: “Where Knowledge and Action Unite”

WHEN: Conference – Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Awards and Recognition Dinner, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Performance by Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson

Unity and Remembrance Brunch – Sunday, April 6, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

WHY: To share information and provide support to those affected by asbestos-related diseases, including survivors, families and physicians. Prominent physicians, scientists, safety and health directors and survivors are presenting up-to-date information about the status of asbestos in the United States and worldwide.

WHO: 30+ Esteemed Speakers, Courageous Patients and Esteemed Volunteers, Public Service Leaders, Doctors, and Supporters dedicated to preventing asbestos-caused diseases.

2014 Asbestos Awareness Conference Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Saturday: Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General
  • Sunday: Sue Vento, Widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento
  • Sunday: Heather Von St. James, Mesothelioma Patient

Marilyn Amento, Mesothelioma Widow; Brad Black, MD, Center for Asbestos and Related Disease; Michael Bradley, Mesothelioma Patient; Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Widow; Barbara Catlin, M.Ac; Barry Castleman, ScD; Ellen Costa, Mesothelioma Patient; David Egilman, MD, Brown University Family Medicine; Arthur Frank, MD, PhD, Drexel University School of Public Health; Fernanda Giannasi, Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA); Marc Hindry, Association Nationale de Défense des Victimes de l’Amiante (ANDEVA); Sinem Kankotan, Turkish Delegate; Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (ret.), Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret.); Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General (Keynote Speaker); Steven Markowitz, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, CCHE, Queens College; Jim Melius, MD, Laborers’ International Union of North America; Captain Aubrey K. Miller, M.D., M.P.H., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH); Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH; Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; Ellen Patton, Mesothelioma Patient; Pierre Pluta, Association Nationale de Défense des Victimes de l’Amiante (ANDEVA); Bill Ravanesi, MPH, Health Care Without Harm; Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Co-Founder; Barry Robson, Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA); Joachim Rosler, MD University of Cologne, Germany; Ann Samuelson, Asbestos Victim; Ken Takahashi, MD, PhD, Occupational Health University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH); Lisa Rahe Thompson, Asbestos Victim; Susan Vento, Widow of Congressman Bruce Vento (Keynote Speaker); Heather Von St James, Mesothelioma Patient (Keynote Speaker); Yvonne Waterman, PhD, LLM, Waterman Legal Consultancy; Congressman Henry Waxman * by Video; James Webber, PhD; Christopher P. Weis, Ph.D., DABT, National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS); Heather White, Environmental Working Group; Lou Williams, Mesothelioma Patient; Jordan Zevon, ADAO National Spokesperson & Musician; Paul Zygielbaum, Mesothelioma Patient

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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Tenth Annual ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Features Prominent Experts including Acting U.S. Surgeon General

ADAO Announces 2014 Honorees and Keynote Speakers for 2014 Conference

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

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, today announced the honorees and keynote speakers for its upcoming 10th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference to be held April 4-6 in Washington, DC.

“Since 2005, ADAO conferences have recognized more than 70 internationally renowned honorees and keynote speakers whose voices and actions have been critically important to ending the man-made asbestos disaster,” stated ADAO Co-Founder and President Linda Reinstein. “As in the past, many on this year’s esteemed list also include courageous patients giving selfless hours of their time to help build a global community of support and hope.”

2014 Asbestos Awareness Conference Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Saturday: Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General
  • Sunday: Sue Vento, Widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento
  • Sunday: Heather Von St. James, Mesothelioma Patient

2014 Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees Include:

  • Congressman Henry Waxman will be presented with the Tribute of Hope Award for his steadfast commitment to public health and safety. *via video
  • Congressman Bruce Vento will be honored posthumously with the Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute for his countless years of public service as a legislator and public servant.
  • Dr. David Egilman 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 and his unending support of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
  • Dr. Ken Takahashi 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 and his unending support of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
  • Bill Ravanesi will be presented with the Tribute of Inspiration Award for his untiring efforts to protect workers’ rights and seek justice for asbestos sufferers and their families.
  • National Association for the Defense of Asbestos Victims (ANDEVA) will receive the Tribute of Unity Award for its relentless efforts, both nationally and internationally, to protect workers’ occupational safety and health.
  • Janelle Bedel, who tragically lost her battle with mesothelioma in 2013, will be recognized posthumously with the Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.
  • Heather Von St. James, a mesothelioma patient, will be recognized with the Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.
  • Lou Williams, a mesothelioma patient, will be recognized with the Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.

2014 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Special Recognition Honorees:

  • Michael Bradley, a mesothelioma patient, will receive the 2014 Special Recognition of Valor Award for his unwavering commitment to serving as a role model of bravery and unity.
  • Platinum Sponsors
    • Motley Rice LLC
    • Simmons Law Firm
    • Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C.
  • Silver Sponsor
    • Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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ADAO Announces 2014 Honorees and Keynote Speakers for 2014 Conference

ADAO Announces Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General, as 2014 Keynote Speaker

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims, today announced Rear Admiral (RADM) Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting United States Surgeon General, as the keynote speaker at its 2014 conference. At the upcoming 10th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference to be held April 4-6 in Washington, D.C., Dr. Lushniak will join a premier list of more than 30 renowned speakers from ten countries who will present on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy.

As the Acting United States Surgeon General, Dr. Lushniak articulates the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the Nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprising approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our Nation. Dr. Lushniak served as Deputy Surgeon General from November 2010, until July 17, 2013, when he assumed the duties of Acting U.S. Surgeon General.

“ADAO is privileged to welcome Dr. Lushniak as our 2014 keynote speaker,” stated ADAO Co-Founder and President, Linda Reinstein. “Dr. Lushniak has been a passionate promoter of public health for decades, having joined the USPHS in 1988. We are truly honored that he will lend his valuable time and expertise to our 10th Annual Conference to help us promote important information about the dangers of asbestos exposure.”

The Office of the Surgeon General has played an instrumental role in helping to promote asbestos awareness, having issued two official statements during National Asbestos Week since 2009. ADAO has collaborated over the years with the Office, having worked with four U.S. Surgeons General to date.

“I am very happy that my old friend and Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak will be joining us as our Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference celebrating our 10th year of advocating for the victims of asbestos-related diseases and their families,” said Dr. Richard A. Lemen, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.) and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chairman. “It is certainly an honor that the leader of the Nation’s Premier Public Health Agency will share with us his thoughts about asbestos-related diseases and their elimination.”

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

ADAO will hold its Tenth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 4-6, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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ADAO Announces Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General, as 2014 Keynote Speaker

ADAO Announces 10th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Today, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest non-profit dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases, announced its Sunday keynote speaker and honorees for the upcoming Tenth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, entitled Where Knowledge and Action Unite.

The conference will be held April 4 – 6, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. More than 30 renowned medical experts and asbestos victims from ten countries will speak on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and global ban asbestos advocacy. The conference will also include an Awards and Recognition Dinner and a Unity and Remembrance Brunch. The 2014 Sunday keynote speaker will be Ms. Susan Vento, widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento, who died of mesothelioma in 2000.

“The 2014 ADAO conference is an event like no other. It builds on nine years of increasingly successful events for the unified asbestos disease awareness community,” said Dr. Richard Lemen, retired U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair. “I am truly excited to be a part of this global conference.”

“As ADAO unveils our 10th annual conference, we are reminded that while we have greatly advanced education, asbestos is still legal and lethal in the United States,” stated Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder of ADAO. “More than 31 million tons of asbestos have been used since 1900 and imports continue today. Asbestos is an invisible toxin that kills 30 Americans each day and prevention remains the only cure.”

Each year, ADAO’s conference recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations from around the world that serve as a voice for asbestos victims, raising awareness and advocating for a worldwide asbestos ban. ADAO is delighted to announce the 2014 ADAO Honorees which include: Congressman Henry Waxman, Dr. David Egilman, Dr. Ken Takahashi, The Association Nationale de Défense des Victimes de l’Amiante (ANDEVA), Bill Ravanesi, Congressman Bruce Vento (posthumously), Janelle Bedel (posthumously), Heather Von St. James, and Lou Williams.

To register for ADAO’s 2014 conference, visit the following link: http://bit.ly/18UUGWH

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Launches Asbestos Mobile App

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Today, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), released the mobile app on the subject of asbestos. ADAO is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community.

The ADAO app, available on iTunes under “ADAO Asbestos Information,” connects users to the latest news regarding treatments for mesothelioma, a cancer caused only by asbestos, and ways to prevent asbestos exposure. Touch the icons to learn about ADAO’s three initiatives – Education, Advocacy and Community – and “Connect With Us” to access social networks.

“Many of us can think back to the heartbreaking time when we first heard the news that a loved one had an asbestos-caused disease,” said ADAO President and Co-Founder Linda Reinstein. “It took me many weeks to even begin to understand the diagnosis my husband had received and find the very limited treatment options available at that time. ADAO is committed to replacing fear, loneliness and confusion with the knowledge that there are others who want to support them.”

An exclusive feature from the mobile app includes a direct dial to three government agencies: Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These direct dials give people easy access to report an asbestos-related problem or request information.

“Navigating the health care system maze is complex – but it shouldn’t be,” added Reinstein. “Although, we do not make medical referrals, the app provides easy access to information, including a list of 25 hospitals in ten states that we’ve compiled over the past ten years, where specialized treatment for mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases is offered.”

ADAO’s app addresses the most commonly asked questions from www.adao.us and is designed for patients and their families who want to know more about their disease, workers who want to better understand how to protect themselves from exposure at work, and homeowners wanting to know where asbestos might be found in their homes.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
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 nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community.  For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Contact:

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Kim Cecchini

Media Relations

202-391-5205


Kim@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Launches Asbestos Mobile App