ADAO Continues Efforts to Give Asbestos Victims a Voice

ADAO Continues Efforts to Give Asbestos Victims a Voice

September 23, 2009 - The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent organization funded entirely by voluntary contributions, has worked since 2004 on behalf of asbestos victims and their families. Entirely staffed by volunteers, theADAO strives to protect the rights of those affected by asbestos and educate the public on the dangers of asbestos exposure and the horrific diseases it causes.

Banning Asbestos in America

Currently, there is an effort underway on the part of special interest groups-ranging from nations producing chrysotile asbestos to major industry sectors-to devalue the seriousness of chrysotile exposure as compared to other types of asbestos. Earlier this year in conjunction with the Environmental Information Association (EIA), the ADAOdeveloped and released the Chrysotile Asbestos Fact Sheet (CAFS). The CAFS lays out the facts on chrysotile asbestos in an easily readable form. It references the conclusion of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that all forms of asbestos cause cancer. The EIA and ADAO plan to present the CAFS to the U.S. Congress to encourage the complete ban of asbestos in the United States.

In the past, the ADAO has been deeply involved in attempting to have the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives pass legislation banning the use of asbestos. On Labor Day of this year, Linda Reinstein, ADAO Executive Director whose husband died from mesothelioma, stated, "We remain optimistic that Congress will pass ban asbestos legislation combining the strongest language of S. 742 and H.R. 6903 and President Obama will immediately sign the bill into law."

Asbestos Awareness Day Conference Brings Asbestos into the Public Eye

Since 2005, the ADAO has held an annual Asbestos Awareness Day Conference whose global mission is "action to prevent, detect and treat asbestos-related diseases." At the conference, expert speakers from all over the world focus on the prevention and detection of asbestos diseases. The next conference is scheduled for April 9-11, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois. June Breit, suffering from pleural mesothelioma since 2002, will be the ADAO Alan Reinstein Memorial Award Honoree for 2010. She has been active in political and educational advocacy related to public health since her diagnosis. Registration for the 6th Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Conference starts January 1, 2010.

Brayton Purcell has been assisting mesothelioma and other asbestos victims and their families for over 25 years, and applauds the efforts of the ADAO in increasing awareness of the dangers of asbestos and all forms of asbestos-related disease. Contact us for additional information or assistance.