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11TH ANNUAL

ASBESTOS AWARENESS CONFERENCE

“Where Knowledge and Action Unite” Washington, D.C.

April 17-19, 2015

Conference Event Schedule FRIDAY, April 17 Washington, DC Tour

Private Speakers, Honorees, and Sponsors Dinner (By Invitation Only) 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

SATURDAY, April 18

Keynote Address and Conference 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

SATURDAY, April 18 Awards & Recognition Dinner 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

SUNDAY, April 19 Unity and Remembrance Brunch 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM


Dear Speakers, Honorees, Sponsors, Guests, and Volunteers: On behalf of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), I am thrilled to welcome you to our 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. This year’s conference, “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” brings together distinguished domestic and international experts and asbestos victims to drive asbestos awareness, prevent exposure to asbestos-related diseases, and advocate for a ban on asbestos. This year, the DC-based conference is especially close to our hearts, as we recently saw the introduction of the “Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act” by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA). This bill represents legitimate reform to the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) from 1976 and an effort to truly protect public health against the dangers of toxic chemicals and substances like asbestos. ADAO, like many of the organizations and individuals attending this year’s conference, welcome this step in the right direction. ADAO is excited to welcome the many speakers, honorees, sponsors, guests, and volunteers to this year’s conference! For the past decade, we have worked together to strengthen our education, community, and advocacy initiatives, forming a growing base of global support. 2015 conference topics will include progress to date in the battle against asbestos, medical advancements related to diagnosing and treating asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, prevention of asbestos-exposure and related diseases, and current vs. necessary advocacy to ensure exposure to asbestos will not continue to rob more than 10,000 Americans and 107,000 global citizens of their lives each year. This year’s conference will include a keynote by the honorable Dr. Jorma Rantanen, recipient of the 2015 Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award; nearly 40 speakers from ten countries; and countless workers, individuals, family members, and organizations affected by asbestos. This conference would not be possible without the work of so many wonderful people, and I am thankful for the volunteers, speakers, and honorees here this weekend, in addition to our esteemed Science Advisory Board for their unfailing commitment; our National Spokesperson and Celebrity Board Co-Chair, Jordan Zevon; and our generous sponsors, who allow us to be a voice at the legislative table through their support. Thank you to all those who have selflessly given time, expertise, and support. You are truly changing the lives of victims around the world. Our 11th anniversary is a time to celebrate what we have accomplished, but also a sad reminder of the dear friends and family we have lost and the fact that asbestos is still legal and lethal in the U.S. We strongly encourage Congress and leaders worldwide to promptly enact a complete ban on asbestos. That is the only way we can hope to eliminate this inexcusable epidemic. Thank you for joining us today. We are a family and this conference is a strong reaffirmation that together, we can create real change. In unity,

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  FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM Private Family Washington, D.C. Trolley Tour & Lunch (Invitation Only) 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Private Speaker, Honoree, and Sponsor Dinner (Invitation Only) SATURDAY, April 18, 2015 : ADAO Conference Opening Remarks 8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30 - 8:35 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks: Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization President and CEO 8:35 - 8:40 AM Dr. Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair 8:40 - 8:45 AM Dr. Arthur Frank, MD, PhD and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair Session I - Progress and Challenges from the Frontline (Moderator: Linda Reinstein) 9:00 - 9:10 AM Sandra Neuenschwander, Mesothelioma Warrior, "Asbestos Ruined My Son's Life" 9:10 - 9:20 AM Dr. Richard Lemen, "Taming the Unethical Tiger" 9:20 - 9:30 AM Dr. Arthur Frank, "Asian Asbestos Absurdities: Continuing Use" 9:30 - 9:40 AM Linda Reinstein, "The Human Cost of Inaction" 9:40 - 9:50 AM Earl Dotter, "Badges: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers.” 9:50 - 10:00 AM Q&A Session II - Medical Advancements: Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Diseases (Moderator: Dr. Raja Flores) 10:00 - 10:10 AM Ellen Patton, Mesothelioma Warrior,“Mesothelioma Stole My Second Chance” 10:10 - 10:25 AM Professor Dean Fennell, "Oncology: Advancements and Challenges in Treating Mesothelioma" 10:25 - 10:35 AM Dra. Guadalupe Aguilar Madrid, "Advancements and Challenges in Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma in Mexico" 10:35 - 10:40 AM Arturo Aguilar, Trailer for "Zero Asbestos" 10:40 - 10:55 AM Dr. Robert Cameron, "Surgical: Advancements and Challenges in Treating Mesothelioma" 10:55 - 11:15 AM Libby Panel, "Libby Asbestos Health Assessment": Dr. Aubrey Miller, Dr. Brad Black and Dr. Raja Flores. Moderator: Dr. Celeste Monforton 11:15 - 11:30 AM Q&A 11:30 - 11:50 PM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jorma Rantanen, "Update on the 2014 Helsinki Criteria and Next Steps" 11:50 - 12:00 PM Q&A 12:00 - 1:15 PM Lunch Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Session III - Prevention: What Is It? Where Is It? What Do I Do? (Moderator: Dr. Brad Black) 1:15 - 1:25 PM Domani Tripam, Mesothelioma Warrior, "Prevention: Finding Hope with Mesothelioma" 1:25 - 1:40 PM Mark Catlin, "Labor: Workers' Safety Educational Outreach" 1:40 - 1:55 PM World Health Organization (WHO) Video: “Victims of Chrysotile Asbestos – Voices from South-East Asia” 1:55 - 2:10 PM Geoff Fary, "Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency: Progress in Safety and Management" 2:10 - 2:25 PM Patrick J. Morrison, "On the Frontline of Prevention." 2:25 - 2:35 PM Q&A Session IV - Advocacy: Global Ban Asbestos Action (Moderator: Dr. Celeste Monforton) 2:35 - 2:45 PM Cameron Von St James, Mesothelioma Warrior, "Caregivers Unite" 2:45 - 3:00 PM Fernanda Giannasi and Dr. Philippe Jardim, "Brazil: Safety, Management, and Policy" 3:00 - 3:10 PM Panel Discussion: Fernanda Giannasi and Dra. Márcia Kamei Lopez Aliaga 3:10 - 3:15 PM Dr. Barry Castleman, "Crimes Against Humanity" 3:15 - 3:30 PM Barry Robson, " Australian's Asbestos Elimination Campaigns" 3:30 - 3:45 PM Dr. Yvonne Waterman, "The Rotterdam Convention" 3:45 - 4:00 PM Syed Mezab Ahmed, "Pakistan: Safety, Management, and Policy" 4:00 - 4:15 PM Heather White, "Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976: The Fate of Asbestos" 4:15 - 5:00 PM Q&A SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015: Awards and Recognition Dinner : 6:30 – 9:00 PM Performance by Jordan Zevon, ADAO Spokesperson and Musician Honoree Ellen Patton, Mesothelioma Patient and 2015 Alan Reinstein Award Presenter Linda and Emily Reinstein Honoree Dr. Jorma Rantanen, 2015 Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Presenter Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair Honoree Dr. Dean Fennell accepting on behalf of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), 2015 Tribute of Hope Award Presenter Dr. Arthur Frank, MD, PhD and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair Honoree Dr. Luis Antonio Camargo De Melo, General Labour Prosecutor accepting the 2015 Tribute of Inspiration Award on behalf of the Brazilian Labour Public Ministry with Dr. Philippe Gomes Jardim, The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor's Office, Dr. Márcia Cristina Kamei Lopes Aliaga, The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor's Office, Rodrigo Farhat Camargo, press assessor of The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor's Office, and Fernanda Giannasi, Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA) Presenter Barry Castleman, ScD and ADAO Science Advisory Board

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Amy Liebman accepting on behalf of the American Public Health Association, 2015 Tribute of Unity Award Doug Larkin, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Co-Founder and Board Member Sue Vento, Widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento 2014 Warren Zevon "Keep Me In Your Heart" Award Jordan Zevon, ADAO Spokesperson and Musician Troi Atkinson, Warren Zevon "Keep Me In Your Heart" Award Jordan Zevon, ADAO Spokesperson and Musician Diamond Donor: Lisa Crandall Emerald Donors: The Von St. James Family, The Gundlach Family, Jill Cagle Sapphire Donors: Bud Vaughn and The Amento Family Garnet Donor: Paul and Yvonne Hall Motley Rice LLC Todd Adamitis accepting on behalf of the Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett Annette Charlevois accepting on behalf of the Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015: Unity and Remembrance Brunch : 9:30 – 11:30 AM Opening Remarks Dr. Richard Lemen Sue Vento, Widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento, “Because We Must: A Call Keynote Speaker to Collective Action” Lou Williams, Mesothelioma Patient and Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA) Member Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Warrior and Singer, "Angel by Your Side" by Francessca Batistelli Troi Atkinson, Mesothelioma Warrior and Performer, "I'm Not Ready Yet" Candle Lighting, Ellen Tunkelrott, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Board Member

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2015 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Conference Awards & Recognition Dinner Saturday, April 18 • 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The evening will include a performance by Jordan Zevon, tributes to several tireless advocates for asbestos victims, and recognition of our generous conference sponsors.


Thank you to our 2015 International Asbestos Awareness Conference Speakers! Spreading Asbestos awareness around the globe…

Arturo Aguilar, Filmmaker, Mexico Barry Castleman, ScD, Author of the “Asbestos: Medical and Legal Aspects,” ADAO Science Advisory Board Barry Robson, Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA), Australia Cameron Von St James, Mesothelioma Husband Captain Aubrey K. Miller, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, Professorial Lecturer Dept of Environmental & Occupational Health Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University Domani Tripam, Mesothelioma Daughter Doug Larkin, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, Co-Founder, USA Dr. Arthur Frank, Professor of Public Health and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair Dr. Brad Black, Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director at Center for Asbestos Related Disease and ADAO Science Advisory Board Dr. Guadalupe Aguilar Madrid, Mexico Dr. Jorma Rantanen, Professor at International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and 2015 Honoree, Finland Dr. Luis Antonio Camargo De Melo, General Labour Prosecutor Dr. Philippe Gomes Jardim, The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor’s Office Dr. Raja Flores, Chairman, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System and Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Science Advisory Board Dr. Robert Cameron, University of California, Los Angeles and The West Los Angeles VA Dra. Márcia Cristina Kamei Lopes Aliaga, The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor's Office Earl Dotter, Photojournalist Ellen Patton, Mesothelioma Patient and 2015 Honoree Fernanda Giannasi, Associação Brasileira dos Expostos ao Amianto (ABREA) Geoff Fary, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, Chairman, Australia Heather White, Enviromental Working Group (EWG) Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Widow and Singer Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Jordan Zevon, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Spokesperson and Musician Linda Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Board Member Lou Williams, Mesothelioma Patient and Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA), Australia Mark Catlin, Service Employees International Union Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine Professor Dean Fennell,M.D Chair of Thoracic Medical Oncology, University of Leicester and 2015 Honoree, United Kingdom Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (ret.), Rear Admiral, USPHS (ret.) and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair Rodrigo Farhat Camargo,Press assessor of The Brazilian Labour Prosecutor's Office Sandra Neuenschwander, Mesothelioma Mother Susan Vento, Widow of the late Congressman Bruce Vento Syed Mezab Ahmed, Pakistan The Brazilian Labor Public Ministry Troi Atkinson, Mesothelioma Patient and 2015 Honoree Yvonne Waterman, Ph.D. LL.M., The Netherlands

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Arturo Juárez Aguilar, filmmaker, is highly regarded in the Latin American cinema and TV industry. He is part of several working productions in countries such as México, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Uruguay. Producer and co-founder of the movie production company Aberracion Optica, based in Mexico City, Arturo strives to uphold profound quality in all aspects of his film making and searches to co-produce with artists from other cultures, using ethnic differences and similarities to tell stories that various communities can identify with. His recent documentary work “The Path of Stone Soup” was awarded best documentary in the Huatulco Food and Film Festival, and selected to screen at other festivals in countries such as India, Portugal, South Africa, USA, Dominican Republic and Canada. Currently Arturo is working on his latest documentary called “Zero Asbestos” a personal and environmental movie about the harm that asbestos industries inflict on Mexican society and individual families.

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Syed Mezab Ahmed Syed Mezab Ahmed is a 25 year old Pakistani who has been involved with ADAO and the global fight to ban asbestos in various capacities since the asbestos exposure related death of his uncle in 2007. He has filed a petition in the Honorable Environmental Tribunal to ban and hold Dadex Eternit Ltd. responsible for exposing millions of Pakistani workers and residents to asbestos. Their case is now pending in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In February, the Ahmed family hosted the second Conference Ban Asbestos Pakistan to raise greater support and awareness in the fight against

Marilyn Amento has been involved with ADAO since before the first Asbestos Awareness Conference in Washington, DC in 2005. Marilyn is the widow of Joe Amento, Jr. who died of mesothelioma at the age of 53, only 6 months after his first symptom. Joe was exposed to asbestos approximately 40 years prior while visiting his father at one of the several asbestos plants, and playing on asbestos scrap piles in the small borough of Ambler, a Philadelphia suburb. Marilyn has a Master’s Degree in Human Services Management from The Heller School of Brandeis University, and is the proud Mom of two college students, Joe and Julie. She channels her grief and anger with the asbestos industry by working with ADAO and educating the public about asbestos through her strong Facebook presence. Troi Atkinson, Mesothelioma Patient and 2015 Honoree, is a talented musician who started off his root seeking life in the Deep South. The influence of the hills of Arkansas carved out the melodies which form a downright old school homegrown style rock and roll. Atkinson’s life story and travels as a solider and sailor across the globe round off the edges of the unique rhythm’s. Troi also struggled with mesothelioma and has been an avid supporter of ADAO.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Brad Black, PhD has been the Medical Director and CEO for the Center for Asbestos and Related Disease in Libby, Montana since 2000. He has been a physician in the Libby medical community since 1977 and became the Lincoln County Health Officer in 1984. Beginning in 1999, he worked closely with Dr. Alan Whitehouse, a Spokane, WA pulmonologist, for 9 years. Since 2000, Dr. Black has had the opportunity to care for thousands of patients and this longitudinal observation of progressive pleural fibrosis has led to a clear characterization of Libby amphibole asbestos disease. CARD continues to provide asbestos health screening and care to a population with significant Libby Amphibole exposure and related diseases. In 2008 he presented at the National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute about the progressive pleural fibrosis and mesothelioma identified in those exposed to Libby amphibole asbestos. He was instrumental in initiating research on Libby amphibole asbestos health effects. His work has expanded into research leading to an association with pulmonologists and occupational medicine specialists from multiple academic centers around the U.S. In 2010, Dr. Black became an adjunct professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He has collaborated on a number of professional journal publications, and most recently he participated in a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences working group that developed a publication on the non- neoplastic, pleural endpoints. Today, Dr. Black continues his dedicated efforts to providing excellent healthcare, outreach, and research for asbestos related diseases. Brazilian Labour Public Ministry: Brazil’s State Attorney is, according to the Brazilian Federal Constitution, an institution essential to Justice. It is not subject to any of the three branches of public government and has functional, administrative and financial autonomy. It is the legal guardian of the juridical order, of the democratic system and of social and individual inalienable interests and has the duty to monitor the compliance to Brazilian Law. The Labour Prosecutor’s Office (LPO) is the branch of the State Attorney (USA) that has the task to supervise the compliance with labour when there is public interest, seeking to regulate and mediate relations between employees and employers. It is up to LPO promote civil action under Justice Labour to defend collective interests when occurs violations of social rights constitutionally guaranteed to workers. Jill Cagle is the surviving spouse of Meso Warrior Robbie Cagle, who lost his 6 year battle with Peritoneal Mesothelioma on 9-11-11 at the age of 46. She is a mother and now grandmother of 3. She is a Christian and her faith in God truly sustains her. She is the lead singer in the band, Backstreet, and plays the fiddle. She makes primitive crafts and candles and she loves to ride her Harley and feel the wind in her hair. She has been associated with ADAO since 2007 and has now started an annual Motorcycle Ride, "Ridin the Wind With Rob," which includes a 110 mile ride, dinner, silent auction, raffles and t-shirt sales to raise funds for awareness and ultimately a CURE of Mesothelioma. Jill and Rob marched on Capitol Hill in 2010 to help get Illinois to sign the National Asbestos Awareness Day Bill and also met with the DOD. She is committed to doing whatever it takes to get this killer 100% banned. She is truly honored and proud to be a part of this organization. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Dr. Robert B. Cameron is a board certified thoracic and general surgeon as well as a fullytrained surgical oncologist who serves as the Director of the UCLA and West LA VA Comprehensive Mesothelioma Programs as well as the Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the West Los Angeles VA. Dr. Cameron trained at UCLA, The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health as well as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Cornell-New York Hospital in New York. He has over 30 years of experience as a surgeon and over 20 as a specialist in mesothelioma. He has championed “lung-sparing” surgical techniques which over the last 10 years has become the preferred standard surgical procedure for mesothelioma throughout the world. Dr. Cameron is also interested in treating mesothelioma as a chronic disease through the use of cyroablation, immunotherapy, as well as mesenchymal stem cell and gene therapies. Barry Castleman, ScD is an Environmental Consultant trained in chemical and environmental engineering. He holds a Doctor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has been a consultant to numerous agencies of the US government and other governments, international bodies, and environmental groups dealing with a wide range of public health issues. He has testified as an expert in civil litigation in the US on the history of asbestos as a public health problem and the reasons for failure to properly control asbestos hazards. Dr. Castleman has spent the past 40 years working on asbestos as a public health problem. Mark Catlin, Service Employees International Union, is the Occupational Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representing two million healthcare, service and public workers in the United States and Canada. As an industrial hygienist and health and safety activist, beginning in 1981, he has been involved with asbestos issues over his entire career, from investigating asbestos problems at worksites, schools and homes; to conducting EPA and OSHA asbestos training for thousands of workers and managers; to assisting unions with bargaining for asbestos protections for their members and working for strong public policies to eliminate asbestos use and exposure. From 198789, he served on the Alaska Department of Labor’s Asbestos Standard Advisory Committee tasked with drafting a worker asbestos standard for Alaska more protective than the then existing OSHA standard. In the early 1990s, he worked at the Harborview Occupational Medicine Clinic at the University of Washington and conducted many occupational histories for workers with asbestosrelated disease. In 2006, he created a YouTube Channel of Workplace and Environmental Health and Safety Film Clips as a resource for educators and trainers (http://www.youtube.com/markdcatlin?feature=mhum). This channel contains more than 1,000 films and films clips of primarily public domain material from 1912 to 2000, on a wide range of workplace and environmental health and safety topics, including more than 100 dealing with asbestos. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership

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Kim Cecchini has been a volunteer with ADAO since its inception in 2004, having lost her beloved stepfather, William Shields, to mesothelioma. As a passionate communications professional, she lends her expertise to help ADAO in its efforts to publicize important information about asbestos disease prevention and ban advocacy efforts. She currently serves as Visionary Integration Professionals' (VIP’s) Vice President of Marketing. Prior to that, she spent more than two decades providing strategic communications to high-growth companies, and has helped to generate five successful acquisitions by Fortune 500 companies. Her vast industry experience encompasses federal contracting, emerging technology, healthcare, policy communications, and a variety of commercial and trade association verticals. Kim is a recognized industry writer, speaker, and

Ellen Costa has been a volunteer with ADAO since 2012 and is honored to be of service to this very special organization and its mission, founders and supporters. Professionally, she has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years and has served firms in marketing, communications, product management and strategic planning. Her current position at Wells Fargo Home Lending is as a strategy consultant in the financial reform regulatory environment. Inspired by Linda Reinstein’s commitment and passion in making change, influencing political policy and advocating for practical issues on a global level, lead her to involvement with the organization. The awareness, family support and leadership ADAO provides in creating the change needed in this world is truly powerful. Most importantly, she believes in Linda Reinstein and is truly privileged to serve the mission of ADAO.

Earl Dotter, In 1968 Earl Dotter photographed coal miners, then the most dangerous job in America. After which, he focused on other hazardous jobs in the USA. After 30 years of documentation he created the exhibit and book, THE QUIET SICKNESS: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health since his appointment in 1999. In the year 2000, Dotter received an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship to document commercial fishing. It had become our nation’s most dangerous trade. After 9/11, he photographed the rescue recovery effort at Ground Zero. For that exhibit work he received the APHA’s, Alice Hamilton Award. More recently Dotter has followed the hazardous jobs new immigrants are performing in the USA.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Geoff Fary has an unusual combination of background and experiences. From 2010 to 2012, he was the independent Chairman of the Australian Asbestos Management Review. Elected Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Assistant Secretary in 2007, and re-elected in 2009, he previously had responsibility for the national peak council’s policy on OH&S – including asbestos. He had earlier worked as a farm labourer, sheep shearer, administrator, Victorian Director of the Australian Trade Union Training Agency (TUTA), Chief of Staff to a Federal Cabinet Minister, Human Resources Director and company director with George Weston Foods Limited, CEO of Industrial Relations Victoria, Employee Relations Manager at Nestle Australia and Executive Director of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA). Geoff is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on the Board of the Australian Institute of Management. Prof. Dean Fennell, PhD, FRCP, originally trained in Pharmacology and Medicine at University College London. He undertook a PhD as an MRC clinical research fellow at UCL followed by completion of training in medical oncology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He then undertook a Cancer Research UK Clinician Scientist fellowship, which was renewed, at the CRUK Centre Belfast before joining the University of Leicester. A leading UK researcher in thoracic cancers, Prof Fennell heads a translational research laboratory in the University of Leicester, exploring mechanisms of drug resistance as a basis for personalizing therapy using agents under clinical investigation. Prof Fennell is board member of the EORTC, current chair of the NCRI mesothelioma subgroup, and sits on the NCRI lung cancer and biomarker/imaging clinical studies group. He is Leicester CRUK Centre Lead in the TRACERx consortium. He is currently chief investigator, leading the CRUK PIN, VIM, and MESO2 clinical trials and for two global randomized trials, COMMAND and GALAXY. He has published several peer reviewed in journals such as PNAS, Nature Communications, JNCI, Lancet, and Lancet Oncology. Prof Fennell was elected president of the International Mesothelioma Interest group in 2012 commencing 2014. Raja Flores, MD, is the Chairman of Thoracic Surgery, Ames Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Flores helped pioneer the use of intraoperative chemotherapy for mesothelioma. He led a multi-center trial designed to improve patient outcomes. In addition, he changed the surgical management of pleural mesothelioma cancer with a landmark study comparing extrapleural pneumonectomy and pleurectomy/decortication. With over 100 related publications to date, his energies and commitment to the plight of mesothelioma patients remains paramount.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Arthur L. Frank, PhD, MD is a physician board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine and currently is co-chair of ADAO’s Science Advisory Board as well as Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia. He is also a Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary) at the Drexel College of Medicine. He also holds a position at Drexel as Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. A life-long academic, Dr. Frank has previously taught at Mount Sinai, the University of Kentucky and in the University of Texas System. He has served many governmental agencies in the US and has carried out research and has been a governmental advisor internationally. His research interests have been in the areas of occupational cancers and occupational lung diseases, as well as agricultural safety and health. For thirty-seven years he held a commission in the U S Public Health Service (active and inactive) and served on active duty both at the NIH and at NIOSH. Fernanda Giannasi, Fernanda Giannasi is a Civil and Safety Engineer and ex-Labor Inspector for the Ministry of Labor and Employment for 30 years, currently retired. She is coordinator of the Virtual Citizens Ban Asbestos Network for Latin America, founder of the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA) and Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. She serves as an expert witness in judicial cases related to asbestos and other toxic chemicals. She also leaded thousands of workers who have filed lawsuits against the asbestos industry. In charge of a Federal Labor Inspector, she staunchly defended the public interest on workers’ safety and health and was pressured by the asbestos lobby and endured all kind the, pressures, harassments including death threats, offensive campaigns and criminal charges by her detractors. Despite these threats, she has been awarded in Brazil and internationally in Canada (Ray Sentes Award), USA by the APHA-American Public Health Association and ISEEInternational Society for Environmental Epidemiology, Japan by the Tajiri Muneaki Memorial Fund. She is internationally well known and highly respected for her proficient and perseverant campaigning to save lives from asbestos. Fernanda Giannasi is the personification of the fight against asbestos in Brazil. Not for nothing is she called ‘The Brockovich of Brazil’. See e.g. http://www.publicintegrity.org/2010/07/21/3418/brockovich-brazil Herman Hamilton is the Executive Assistant with ADAO. After becoming familiar with the medical and legal aspects of Asbestos through his neighbor and longtime friend of 30 years, Dr. Barry Castleman, Herman joined ADAO in January of 2005 as the Veterans Representative. Presently, Herman assists Linda in the day-to-day operations of ADAO and amongst his many duties, he has been a liaison for other like-minded asbestos groups. He also works with Congressional staffers to set up meetings regarding ongoing legislation. His proudest accomplishment has been his work to defeat the Asbestos Trust Fund. The goal he would like to achieve the most is the passage of legislation for a total ban of Asbestos. Outside of ADAO, Herman has served on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland for the past 13 years and counting. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Michael R. Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP is Chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine: Clinical Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan. An internationally known expert in the diagnosis and treatment of environmental and workplace diseases, Dr. Harbut has been named coDirector of the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos Related Cancers. He is the co-author of the American Thoracic Society’s 2004 Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-Malignant Disease Caused by Asbestos Exposure. Dr. Harbut is a past chair of the occupational and environmental health section of the American College of Chest Physicians, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Dr. Harbut brings his expertise to address the need for early diagnosis and aggressive treatment of asbestos related diseases Dr. Philippe Gomes Jardim, has been working as a Labor Prosecutor for the past 13 years, and is currently based in Southern Brazil. In 2003, at the age of 25, he was the youngest candidate to pass the Labor Prosecutor’s Office (MPT)’s examination and start a career in that institution. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law and Social Relations from the Federal University of Paraná, in Brazil (2007), and another in Human Rights, Interculturality and Development from the Pablo de Olavide University, in Spain (2008). Dr. Jardim has also taught a few courses at the college level, such as Labor Law and Labor Procedural Law. For the past 3 years, he has been working as the National Coordinator for the Workplace Environment Protection division of the MPT, and in the Brazilian National Asbestos Eradication Program. He coordinates the MPT’s institutional actions, which are based on the following strategies: to prevent the use of asbestos in Brazil through lawsuits against companies that have already produced damages to workers due to asbestos exposure; to promote a political debate with the purpose of changing the federal law that legalizes asbestos exploration; and, to advocate for city and state laws that forbid asbestos use. Dr. Jardim was a member of the team of prosecutors that filed the two largest class action lawsuits in Labor Court history against the company Eternit, in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Each lawsuit has sought compensation in the amount of US$ 350 million. Both lawsuits are pending a final decision from the Brazilian Labor Court. The National Association of Labor Prosecutors has granted the lawsuit an award for best legal document of 2014. Marcía Cristina Kamei Lopez Aliaga is a Labour Prosecutor at The Brazilian Labor Public Ministry since 1999. Started the career in Campinas, São Paulo State. In contact with problems of contaminated areas by toxics and industrial dangerous waste, filed class actions to defend the health, safety and dignity of ex-workers, abandoned by the industries and the social security. Currently she works in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina State, where takes part in the group of Prosecutors that aims to disclose the fallacious speech of the controlled use of chrysotile in all the productive chain. Also works for the approval of the bill to ban all the uses of asbestos in that State. Since 2014, she is the Vice-Coordinator of the Program for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Banishment of Asbestos in Brazil, which seeks the liabilities of the industries that used or still continue using asbestos as raw material, for the damages caused to the health´s workers and also looks for an end to the epidemiological silence of the asbestos-related diseases in Brazil. Hedy Lee Kindler, MD, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center, is an internationally recognized cancer expert on new drug development for malignant mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen that is caused by asbestos), gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Kindler is the immediate past-president of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group. She is an active member of several committees and boards, including the Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Foundation, the NCI Pancreatic Cancer Task Force, and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. She is also the President of the Mesothelioma Cadre Leader in the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, a national cooperative cancer research clinical trials group. Dr. Kindler has been listed repeatedly in Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Physicians, and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Top Doctors in Chicago, and was recently awarded the Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Doug Larkin is the Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) – which works to help raise awareness about asbestos related diseases, while serving as a global community for asbestos victims and their families. Doug holds a B.A. in political science from Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio. Doug is the Director of Communications for the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), a congressionally chartered veteran service organization committed to helping all veterans secure rehabilitation, benefits, accessibility and a career. Previously, Doug was the President & CEO of Larkin Communications, a strategic communications and public affairs firm based in Washington, DC. He has worked on numerous successful legislative campaigns on behalf of large technology companies and national trade associations. In addition, he is considered an expert in corporate communications, brand identity, as well as message development and dissemination. Doug has also worked as the press secretary and the communication director for Congressman Kevin Brady (R-08TX). Rep. Brady is the Republican Deputy Whip and a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee. “Congress and the media respond to compelling stories. It’s through your stories and donations to ADAO, that enables us to advocate a strong message for present and future victims of asbestos related disease.” Doug has worked tirelessly behind the scenes garnering the attention of the media and advocating for the rights of asbestos victims and their families. Doug dedicates his service to William D. Shields, a family member who was exposed to asbestos, and died from Mesothelioma.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Richard Lemen, PhD is a former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States and also served as the Acting Director and the Deputy Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health before his retirement. He has been a practicing epidemiologist for more than forty years, and has taught graduate level courses on environmental and occupational health issues, including asbestos, at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He has also testified on behalf of asbestos victims; Dr. Lemen is a world-renowned author, speaker, and lecturer on this topic. Amy Liebman, MPA, MA, Amy has devoted her career to improving the safety and health of disenfranchised populations. Since 1999, she has served as Director of Environmental and Occupational Health at Migrant Clinicians Network, where she has established nationally recognized initiatives to improve the health and safety of migrant workers and their families. She oversees programs ranging from integrating occupational and environmental medicine into primary care to designing worker safety interventions. She is a national leader in bringing the community health worker model to occupational and environmental health and is currently testing this model with immigrant dairy workers. Prior to her current position, she directed numerous projects along the US-Mexico Border including an award-winning, community-based hygiene education program that reached thousands of families living without water and sewerage services. She has spearheaded policy efforts within the American Public Health Association to support the protection of agricultural workers and served for six years on the federal advisory committee to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs. In 2011, Amy received the Lorin Kerr Award, an APHA/Occupational Health and Safety Section honor recognizing public health professionals for their dedication and sustained efforts to improve the lives of workers. She serves as Chair of APHA’s Occupational Health and Safety Section. Guadalupe Aguilar Madrid. MD.MSc. PhD. Specialist in Occupational Medicine, Master of Science in Occupational Health, and Doctor of Science in Epidemiology. She has been a Research Associate "C" on Health Research Unit at Work XXI Century National Medical Center, IMSS (Mexican Social Security Institute), since 2004. Dr. Aguilar Madrid is a Member of the National System of Researchers, Researcher Level I. She has published in international journals and serves as external reviewer of the Salud Publica de Mexico since 1999. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Revista Medicina y Seguridad en el Trabajo. Instituto de Salud Carlos III. Madrid, Spain, since 2008. Professor Faculty of Medicine.UNAM. Collaborate with CILAS (Centro de Investigación Laboral y Asesoría Sindical). Her research interests are: Occupational cancer (pleural mesothelioma and lung cancer). Assessment of exposure to lead, asbestos, noise and organic solvents. Seroprevalence of H1N1 influenza in healthcare workers. Burden of disease in workers. Medical care costs in insured by the IMSS. Occupational laws and regulations. In addition she trains health workers on health and safety.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Luís Antônio Camargo de Melo, attended the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) graduating with a degree in Legal and Social Sciences. He is a member of the Chamber for Scientific Development of the Federal Prosecution Service’s School of Higher Education (ESMPU). He started working for the Labor Prosecutor’s Office (MPT) in 1989, becoming a pioneer in the fight against modern-day slave labor in Brazil. He has actively worked for the eradication of both slave and child labor. Since 2011, as a prosecutor general before the Superior Labor Court, he heads the MPT, a division of the Brazilian Prosecution Service whose role is to guarantee the enforcement of labor laws, when public interests are at stake, through the regulation and mediation of employer and employee relations. Jessica Mattmuller, grew up in Pennsylvania, but eventually moved to Baltimore, Maryland to attend college. She began dating her husband, Mike in 2007 and married in 2010. But in November of 2012 at the age of 29 their lives took an unexpected turn; Mike was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. He received chemotherapy and surgery, and today he is almost a 3 year cancer survivor. Jessica is a creative designer for a home decor company and also creates visual graphics for ADAO working with Linda. Due to her personal experience with mesothelioma, Jessica feels a deep responsibility to make a difference and anger that asbestos is not banned. She and her husband hope to keep attending future conferences and continue learning about how they can make a difference.

Captain Aubrey K. Miller, M.D., M.P.H., currently Senior Medical Advisor, Office of the Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health.(NIH). He has responsibility for strategic planning and coordination of environmental health issues and activities among HHS and other federal agencies, as well as supervisory oversight of the NIEHS office in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Miller has longstanding experience, publications, speaking engagements, and contributions to a wide range of occupational and environmental health issues and policies. He has had extensive involvement in the Gulf Oil Spill response providing testimonies before Congress on the health concerns of environmental exposures and coordinating a variety of ongoing NIEHS activities. His has worked on health issues for numerous disaster responses including Hurricane Sandy, H1N1 pandemic, anthrax attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and WTC response. Additionally, Dr. Miller has longstanding involvement with asbestos issues; helping to lead the federal response to the asbestos contamination in Libby, Montana; assessing health effects & exposures, developing public health alerts, and facilitating improved access to health care and needed research. He is also working on newly identified concerns related to hydraulic fracturing and erionite exposures in the U.S. He is board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Barbara Minty McQueen is the widow of American film star Steve McQueen, and is a former model and photographer. She is also the author of Steve McQueen: The Last Mile, which documents the three-and-a-half year relationship between the two and includes candid photographs from 1977 to 1980. McQueen has hosted several art exhibits of her work with shows in London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Nashville, Phoenix and Idaho, where she resides

Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Her research includes assessment of worker health and safety laws and policies, and their effectiveness in protecting workers from illnesses, disability and death. She has published articles on strategies used by economic interests, including the asbestos industry, to manipulate scientific evidence to create uncertainty about health risks in order to delay protective regulatory action and compensation. Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Monforton was a federal employee at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA, 1991-1995) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA, 1996-2001). Dr. Monforton served on the special panels appointed by the West Virginia Governor to investigate the January 2006 Sago coal mine disaster that took the lives of 12 workers, and the April 2010 disaster at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 workers. Dr. Monforton is an active member of the American Public Health Association, and serves in a leadership position with the organization’s Occupational Health and Safety Section.

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Patrick J. Morrison, is the Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine at the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters). Mr. Morrison’s expertise is in the design and implementation of health, safety and wellness programs to improve overall physical and mental health, address our members medical needs and increase their survivability. In his previous positions with IAFF, he was responsible for all aspects of the union’s education, training and human relations programs throughout the US and Canada, as well as fire service occupational health and safety standards, such as protective clothing and infectious diseases. Prior to joining the IAFF, Mr. Morrison was a career fire fighter for 21 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Sandra Neuenschwander of Ringgold, Georgia is the mother of 29-yearold Michael Bradley who lost his life to mesothelioma in April 2014. Although her grief is raw, Sandra will speak at the briefing in honor of her son, who, even when he could barely breathe, set his mind on spreading asbestos disease awareness and supporting other victims. Sandra has vowed to continue her son’s fight for a cure and an asbestos ban.

Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, FACPM is President of Occupational Health Initiatives, Inc. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Division) at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Board certified in internal medicine and in preventive (occupational) medicine, Dr. Oliver’s primary specialty is Occupational and Environmental Medicine, with an emphasis on occupational lung disease. She is the Co-Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. There she evaluates and cares for patients with a variety of occupational and environmental diseases, including occupational asthma, interstitial lung disease associated with exposure to asbestos and beryllium, and buildingassociated illness. Dr. Oliver has done research and published in the area of occupational lung disease. An important focus of her research and clinical activities has been asbestos-related disease. She has lectured frequently on this topic. Dr. Oliver is responsible for medical surveillance of a group of public school custodians employed by the City of Boston and previously exposed to asbestos during the course of that work. She consults on medical-legal issues and provides expert witness testimony. Dr. Oliver has testified before Congress and OSHA on issues related to workplace exposures and related disease. She was an active participant in the implementation of medical aspects of the 1991 Workers’ Compensation Reform Act signed into law in Massachusetts.

Ellen Volk Patton is a mesothelioma patient dedicated to raising asbestos awareness, advocacy and support. In 2001, at 41 years old, she was diagnosed with bilateral malignant pleural mesothelioma. She has bravely fought with an alternative treatment option, immune therapy. Ellen is a very positive person and her strengths shine through with her desire to share her story and educate others on asbestos exposure.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Dr. Jorma Rantanen, MD, PhD, Professor at International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and 2015 Honoree, is a specialist in occupational health and served for 30 years as the Director General of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, FIOH. He has experience in practical occupational health services, and occupational medicine and in the development of regulations for OHS in Finland and internationally. He chaired the Finnish Government Committee on Asbestos and was in charge of the charge of the Finnish National Asbestos Programme for total ban and elimination of asbestos. Internationally he has advised WHO, ILO and several Governments on elimination of asbestos-related diseases. Besides about 500 research and professional articles, he has authored books on occupational health practices, cancer risk assessment, chemical and global risk assessment, prevention practices, including asbestos-related diseases, and work in the information society. Dr. Rantanen has served the Academy of Finland in research strategy planning. He has evaluated universities and research institutions in Finland and planned new governance model for Finnish University Reform, including the drafting of the new University law, which was passed by the Parliament in 2009 and implemented since 2010. He chaired University of Jyväskylä for years 2009-2013. He has evaluated Government research institutes and Government funded research programmes for Finland, Norway, UK, USA, Sweden and Switzerland. He has over 30 years' experience on programmes for occupational health in developing and transitory countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, China and Eastern Europe, including the Russian Federation, Baltic and Balkan areas. He has served as the Board member of ICOH and as President for the tenures 2003–2006 and 2006–2009, serving currently as a Board Member in the capacity of the past President. Emily Reinstein is the daughter of ADAO Co-Founder, Linda Reinstein, and is currently a senior at the University of Southern California studying International Relations and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship. Since the age of ten, Emily has worked with her mother and other volunteers to expand ADAO. After helping to build ADAO’s social media network through Facebook and other platforms, as well as co-founding the Emerging Leaders Program, she has seen the importance of international cooperation and the involvement of the younger generation in future endeavors. She currently serves as Director of Strategic Communications for ADAO and looks forward to continuously working with the leadership and volunteers to further ADAO’s mission. Linda Reinstein is the President/CEO and Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Reinstein became an activist when her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. She cofounded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in 2004, and now serves as President and CEO. Reinstein has been a strong political voice for justice in every major asbestos-related issue. Reinstein, a highly sought-after international speaker, has frequently served as a Congressional witness and presented at the Department of Labor (OSHA), British House of Commons, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership United Nations Congress, American Public Health Association, and to other audiences around the world. Recognized as an expert with more than 35 years of nonprofit experience in building and sustaining grassroots organizations, Reinstein specializes in developing, implementing, and leveraging integrated social media campaigns. Recently, Reinstein was asked to create social media educational materials and facilitate a workshop in Asia. Focused on national and international occupational and environmental disease prevention, Reinstein’s proficiency in the powerful advocacy space of online media has greatly increased the effectiveness of ADAO’s core mission of education, advocacy, and community support actions. She has won many prestigious awards including the Global Impact Award (2013), from the Independent Asbestos Training Providers; Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award (2011), from the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation; the highest level of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her 4,000 hours of volunteerism during her lifetime (2010); and the Heart and Soul Award in from the Manhattan Beach Women in Business Association (2005).

Tony Rich has literally served “in the trenches” as an industrial hygienist and environmental technician in the consulting field for the past 20 years, specializing in asbestos-related work, including: inspection surveys, abatement monitoring/sample analyses, project management, regulatory compliance, and worker training. He has also received microscopy training from McCrone Research Institute for identification of bulk asbestos via polarized-light microscopy (PLM). Through the course of his occupation and personal endeavor, Tony has developed an extensive and compelling collection of asbestos-related photographs, product materials, artifacts, historical books, industry documents, film archives, and other related media which have been utilized in a multitude of applications for various organizations worldwide, including, but not limited to: product and material research, asbestos awareness education blogs, informational presentations, corporate and governmental training programs, regulatory guidance documents, science and trade publications, university textbooks, museum exhibits, and even as legal evidence. Barry Robson, the President of ADFA, became a Union delegate of the Waterside Workers Federation in 1970 and was elected as Senior Vice President of that Union in 1988. In 1995 he was elected Assistant Branch Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, a position he held until retirement from the workforce in 2003. From 1991 to 1995 he was a Councillor on Blacktown City Council. He became a delegate to ADFA in 1996 and was appointed President in 2002 and elected President in 2003, a position he holds today. He has been appointed to the following, Asbestos Research Institute in 2004, Federal Government Asbestos in Telstra Infrastructure in 2013 and Federal Asbestos Safely and Eradication Agency (ASEA) in 2013. Barry has been awarded three Life Memberships, Maritime Union of Australia, St Marys Baseball Club and Blacktown Mt Druitt Cardiac Support Group.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Ann Samuelson is from Seaside, OR. Since her father, Stan Grimberg, lost his battle with mesothelioma 32 years ago, ADAO has given Ann an opportunity to volunteer, work with others, and make a difference. She has served as a County Commissioner, is a Director on NW Regional Education Service District Board, and is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Oregon. She holds steadfast in the hope that elected officials will listen and stop this man-made disaster. Ann advocates to ban asbestos in the USA and worldwide, compensation for victims, and is proud to be a part of the global growth ADAO has developed through social media, advocacy, and our partners around the world. This is Ann's second year as a presenter at the ADAO conference. Domani M. Tripam became involved with ADAO after her “SuperDad” was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011. She is passionate about educating others about their risks of asbestos exposure and ways to protect themselves and their families as well as supporting ADAO in their efforts to create change for all who have been affected by asbestos. Her family formed Mesothelioma Heroes Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of asbestos and funds for mesothelioma research, of which she is a member of the Board of Directors as well as the Executive Director. Domani and her family are currently planning their Second Annual I Know a Superhero Family Fun Festival in support of University of Chicago Medicine’s Mesothelioma Program and ADAO. Domani is an administrative and marketing services professional with over 25 years of senior level administrative experience in various industries including analytics, consulting, market research, event fundraising, legal, financial and professional services, executive recruiting, consumer products and corporate real estate. Ellen Tunkelrott, Member of the ADAO Board of Directors, is a Senior Contracts Administrator, MBA, CFCM for a small aerospace and defense company in Los Angeles. She resides in Redondo Beach, California. She became friends with Linda and Alan Reinstein through local community volunteer activity. Linda and Ellen collaboratively brainstormed the virtual non-profit site www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org, and Ellen developed the original site based on the concepts and direction from those sessions. She has a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. She is a Certified Paralegal and is licensed by the County of Los Angeles as a Legal Document Assistant. Ellen is also a commissioned Notary Public for the State of California. She is self-taught in web design and development. In her spare time, Ellen is an avid photographer, gardener and is a magician member of the prestigious Academy of Magical Arts, located in the world-renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Jasmine Uysal, University of Southern California, B.A. Health & Humanities: Global Health, is an ADAO Communications Coordinator Intern, working under President and CEO Linda Reinstein. During her undergraduate studies, Jasmine was involved in a number of health related projects including interning at St. Francis Medical Center and USC Keck Research Lab working on cancer toxicity cell lines. In her free time she enjoys writing, reading, traveling, blogging and photography. Next year, Jasmine will be pursuing a M.P.H. degree in Community Health Sciences – Global Health at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), Fielding School of Public Health. In the future, she intends to focus on implementing sustainable grassroots public health systems in underdeveloped countries within rural communities.

Susan Vento is a tireless anti-asbestos legislation advocate and widow to Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District representative, Bruce F. Vento. Formerly a school teacher, she also served for 27 years as a staff member for the Minnesota Education and Education Minnesota, representing teachers and educational support professionals. Since her husband’s death, for the past 13 years, Susan has lobbied on asbestos and mesothelioma issues at both state and federal levels. She has also co-authored the book “100 Questions and Answers About Mesothelioma” for new patients and served on the board of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Susan is the Director of Outreach for the Church of the Assumption in downtown St. Paul.

Cameron Von St. James, is husband to Heather Von St. James, a 9-year mesothelioma survivor, and father to Lily Rose. He, along with Heather and Lily, had their worlds turned upside down when Heather was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, just 3 1/2 months after Lily was born. When faced with the possibility of raising Lily on his own, he fought alongside Heather in her cancer battle. Cameron is passionate about bringing awareness to mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure. It is his hope that sharing his story will help others, those battling cancer, and their caregivers who provide them care and guidance in their journey. In addition to his advocacy work, Cameron works in IT as a Network Ops Center Analyst for U.S. Bank.

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Yvonne Waterman Ph.D. LL.M., Dutch jurist, founder of Waterman Legal Consultancy, specializes in (comparative) employers’ liability for occupational diseases and asbestos liability. She is a frequent publicist, lecturer and speaker on asbestos liability matters worldwide and also GBAN Charter Member for the Netherlands.

Heather White, Executive Director of Environmental Working Group, is a nationally-recognized expert on federal environmental law and policy and a campaign strategist with more than 15 years experience. EWG, the nation’s most effective environmental advocacy organization, uses game-changing, original research to help individuals, businesses, and governments make better decisions to protect public health and the environment. White guides EWG’s policy positions, advocacy strategies, communications plans, development and administration, manages EWG’s three offices and oversees the engagement of EWG’s 1.3 million online supporters. She leads the legislative activities of EWG Action Fund, EWG’s related lobbying organization. White graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as the managing editor of the Tennessee Law Review. She studied at the University of Nairobi law school in Nairobi, Kenya. She was an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science.

Lou (Louise) Williams is a mother, grandmother, and wife living with mesothelioma. Lou lost her father aged 54, in 1985 to pleural mesothelioma. Ever since she has been a passionate and dedicated asbestos awareness advocate, working to raise support in her home country of Australia as well as around the globe. In 2001 she was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma and bravely fought that with extensive surgery and chemotherapy. Unfortunately in 2009 she was then diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, which required major extensive treatment yet again. Although her battle has been never ending, and quite often unforgiving, Lou has remained positive. Her strengths shine through with her giving of hope, love and support to victims and their care givers. On April 5th 2014 Lou will be awarded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s (ADAO), 2014 Alan Reinstein Award. This award recognizes Lou’s commitment to education, advocacy and support to countless patients and families around the world. Lou has served on boards of anti-asbestos support organizations since 2003, and is the Australian Director of the Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN), Social Media Awareness Officer of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA), and a volunteer for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).

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2015 ADAO Conference Biographies: Honorees, Speakers and ADAO Leadership Jordan Zevon ADAO's tremendous National Spokesperson is a teacher, singer, and songwriter. Jordan was executive producer for his father, Warren Zevon's, final album The Wind. He also co-produced Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon, which features an all-star cast of singers and musicians. Jordan recently released his own EP entitled Jordan Zevon which is available from CDBaby.com. Jordan's immeasurable commitment to asbestos victims and concerned citizens has provided a united voice that will continue to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected, while raising public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and often deadly asbestos related diseases.

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization expresses our  sincere gratitude to the past and current U.S. Surgeon Generals  for issuing official asbestos awareness statements.  U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy (2015): “National Asbestos Awareness Week is..a good time to remind Americans about the health dangers of asbestos exposure… because of its use in so many products, asbestos is still of special concern.” Acting U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak (2014), at 2014 ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference: “The asbestos issue is not a thing of the past. It continues to this day.” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin (2013): “Anyone who disturbs asbestos is at risk…Preventing the damage caused by asbestos is important to help keep Americans healthy and safe…The greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects.” Acting U.S. Surgeon Dr. Steven Galson (2009): “Asbestos can be dangerous if it is inhaled. Activity that disturbs asbestos causing these small fibers to float in air increases the chances of inhalation and the contraction of asbestos-related diseases.”


Senate Resolution 125 IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES 114th CONGRESS 1st Session

Designating the first week of April 2015 as ‘National Asbestos Awareness Week’. Whereas dangerous asbestos fibers are invisible and cannot be smelled or tasted; Whereas the inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers can cause significant damage; Whereas asbestos fibers can cause cancer such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other health problems; Whereas symptoms of asbestos-related diseases can take 10 to 50 years to present themselves; Whereas the projected life expectancy for an individual diagnosed with mesothelioma is between 6 and 24 months; Whereas generally, little is known about late-stage treatment of asbestos-related diseases, and there is no cure for such diseases; Whereas early detection of asbestos-related diseases may give some patients increased treatment options and might improve their prognoses; Whereas the United States has substantially reduced its consumption of asbestos, yet continues to consume hundreds of metric tons of the fibrous mineral each year for use in certain products throughout the United States; Whereas asbestos-related diseases have killed thousands of people in the United States; Whereas while exposure to asbestos continues, safety and prevention of asbestos exposure already has significantly reduced the incidence of asbestos-related diseases and can further reduce the incidence of such diseases; Whereas thousands of workers in the United States face significant asbestos exposure, which has been a cause of occupational cancer; Whereas thousands of people in the United States die from asbestos-related diseases every year; Whereas a significant percentage of all asbestos-related disease victims were exposed to asbestos on naval ships and in shipyards; Whereas asbestos was used in the construction of a significant number of office buildings and public facilities built before 1975; Whereas people in the small community of Libby, Montana, suffer from asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, at a significantly higher rate than people in the United States as a whole; and Whereas the designation of a `National Asbestos Awareness Week' will raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate -1) designates the first week of April 2015 as ‘National Asbestos Awareness Week’; 2) urges the Surgeon General of the United States to warn and educate people about the public health issue of asbestos exposure, which may be hazardous to their health; and 3) respectfully requests the Secretary of the Senate to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Office of Surgeon General. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization 1525 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 318 · Redondo Beach · California · 90278 · www.adao.us


Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization sincerely thanks  Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization sincerely thanks  Senators Barbara Boxer (D‐CA) and Edward Markey (D‐MA) for  Senators Barbara Boxer (D‐CA) and Edward Markey (D‐MA) for  their relentless efforts to represent the rights of Americans and  their relentless efforts to represent the rights of Americans and  protect public health!  protect public health! 

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Senator Edward John “Ed” Senator Edward Markey John “Ed” Markey (D-MA)

(D-MA) “Hope is the most important four-letter “Hope word is theinmost important four-letter the language.” word in the language.”

These Senators have courageously supported legislative efforts to protect American public  These Senators have courageously supported legislative efforts to protect American public  health, including (but not limited to) their introduction of the “Alan Reinstein and Trevor  health, including (but not limited to) their introduction of the “Alan Reinstein and Trevor  Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act” and their recent letter to Senators of all 50 states to  ensure each state’s compliance with 1986 legislation intended to protect students, teachers,  Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act” and their recent letter to Senators of all 50 states to  and other employees from the dangers of asbestos hazards in schools. ensure each state’s compliance with 1986 legislation intended to protect students, teachers,   

and other employees from the dangers of asbestos hazards in schools.


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Global Asbestos Awareness Week Declaration for a Worldwide Asbestos Ban Whereas Global Asbestos Awareness Week, April 1-7, has been designated as a week to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos and to ban asbestos; Whereas asbestos is a known human carcinogen and has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a Group 1 human carcinogen; Whereas inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers of all types can cause cancer such as mesothelioma (cancer of the lung lining), gastrointestinal, laryngeal, ovarian and lung cancer, as well as asbestosis and other respiratory problems; Whereas no safe minimum level of exposure has been identified for any type of asbestos; Whereas asbestos-related diseases can take 10 to 50 years to present themselves; Whereas the usual expected survival time for those diagnosed with mesothelioma is between 6 and 24 months; Whereas workers’ family and community members are also at risk of disease from asbestos fibers brought into their homes or otherwise released into the environment; Whereas the World Health Organization states, “More than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposures” – which translates into around 300 people each day from preventable asbestos-caused diseases; Whereas the World Health Organization states, “125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace”; Whereas the World Health Organization states, “One in every three deaths from occupational cancer is estimated to be caused by asbestos”; Whereas the United States stopped mining asbestos in 2002 and Canada stopped in 2011, but the lack of asbestos bans in both countries allows imports of asbestos and asbestos products: Whereas in the global annual production of asbestos is an estimated 2,000,000 tons; Whereas over 90% of the world production of chrysotile asbestos is used in the manufacture of asbestoscement, in the form of pipes, sheets and shingles; Whereas there are numerous proven substitutes for asbestos products; The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

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Whereas more than 50 countries have banned asbestos, but neither the United States nor Canada have banned asbestos; Whereas the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 has failed to ban asbestos; Therefore be it urgently resolved that we, the signatories of the Global Asbestos Awareness Week Declaration for a Worldwide Asbestos Ban, support the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the International Labour Organization and with other intergovernmental organizations and civil society to work towards elimination of asbestos-related diseases, in the following WHO strategic directions: • by recognizing that the most efficient way to eliminate asbestos-related diseases is to stop the use of all types of asbestos; • to provide information about solutions for replacing asbestos with safer substitutes and developing economic and technological mechanisms to stimulate its replacement; • to take measures to prevent exposure to asbestos in place and during asbestos removal (abatement), and; • to improve early diagnosis, treatment, and social and medical rehabilitation of asbestos-related diseases and to establish registries of people with past and/or current exposures to asbestos. The List of Signatories will be Published on April 18, 2015

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2014 ADAO Summary of Accomplishments The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by the Larkin and Reinstein families in 2004. ADAO is the largest independent organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy, and community support. With more than 40,000 people in our network, ADAO remains on the front line to influence global policy, advocate for an asbestos ban, and promote research. As a top influencer in social media advocacy, we further strengthened our network of victims, physicians, researchers, public health practitioners, and labor union members by utilizing a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. ADAO also increased our credibility in the field by maintaining our presence on Wikipedia and presenting at more than 12 conferences around the world. Every accomplishment is possible because of the generosity of volunteers, sponsors, and donors who fuel our work and further our cause. We are proud to present our 2014 accomplishments, and look forward to even greater success in 2015! 2014 Education Initiatives: In an effort to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos exposure, ADAO: • Distributed monthly eNewsletters with up-to-date asbestos-related events and news to over 4,500 contacts. • Hosted ADAO’s 3-day 10th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference: ‘Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” which brought together more than 125 world-renowned patients, physicians, researchers, educators, and public health advocates to discuss updates on the prevention, detection, treatment of asbestos-related disease and global advocacy for an asbestos ban. The Keynote Speaker was Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General. • Held 6th Congressional Staff Briefing: “Asbestos: The Impact on Public Health and the Environment.” This Senate briefing was a huge success, with over 60 people attending and 28 states represented. • Continually updated ADAO’s website, highlighting asbestos-related news and events and housing extensive educational resources, including an Asbestos Video Library of conference videos and educational presentations. • Designed ADAO’s infographic “Asbestos: Legal and Lethal in the USA” (3rd). • Created the “Asbestos: Still Legal, Still Lethal.” video featuring Acting U.S. Surgeon General and Mesothelioma Patients. 2014 Advocacy Initiatives: In order to advocate for an international ban on asbestos use and the mining and exportation of this known carcinogen, ADAO: • Supported the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Tenth Annual Resolution which designated April 1-7, 2014 as “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” • Partnered with various national and international organizations to speak out against asbestos use and promote public health. • Served as a media resource and quoted in: The Guardian, The Huntington Beach Independent, The Hill, The New Haven Register, and The Hamilton Spectator. • Published numerous blogs to expose international instances of occupational safety and workers’ health violations and spark opposition to the continued mining, exportation, and use of asbestos. 2014 Community Initiatives: In an effort to provide a community of support for those affected by asbestos, ADAO: • Coordinated Global Asbestos Awareness Week to raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure. • Published and socially shared more than 30 “Share Your Story” blogs from patients and families who have been devastated by asbestos-related disease. • Hosted more than six virtual candle light vigils throughout the year via ADAO’s “Light a Candle” website. These vigils provide an opportunity for individuals to honor loved ones who have lost or are currently fighting a courageous battle with asbestos-related disease. • Utilized ADAO’s Facebook Page, Facebook Group pages, and Twitter presence to provide an interactive medium for those seeking a space to share, vent, or obtain information. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, and Community Support" www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org


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Designated as the beneficiary of two Mesothelioma Awareness Day events: “Jammin’ for Asbestos Awareness Concert” and “Miles for Meso” event Raised awareness with “Make a Pie – Take a Pie. Ban Asbestos Challenge” campaign. Created Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s Impact from 2004 to 2014 infographic (4th) Published numerous video and blog interviews with mesothelioma patients and experts.

2014 Speeches and Presentations ADAO was delighted to strengthen partnerships and spread awareness through presenting at numerous international conferences and events, including: o “Lung Cancer Research: Beyond the Bench in the 21st Century,” Occupational Cancer Research Center (OCRC) in Toronto, Canada (February 2014) o “Asbestos: Exposing the Truth,” World Ban Asbestos Congress (via Skype) in Karachi, Pakistan (February 2014) o “Global Asbestos Action: When Knowledge and Power Unite,” Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (via Skype) in Toronto, Canada (April 2014) o “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” 10th Annual International Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Conference in Washington, D.C. (April 2014) o “Staying Focused and Energized in the Fight Against Asbestos and Mesothelioma,” 4th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in Santa Monica, California (May 2014) o “Asbestos: From Magic Mineral to Killer Dust” in Izmir, Turkey (May 2014) o “Turning Tragedy into Advocacy: One Woman’s Fight to Ban Asbestos,” The Woman’s Trial Lawyer Caucus Holds a Leadership Summit in Baltimore, Maryland (July 2014) o “Asbestos: Impact on Public Health and the Environment,” ADAO U.S. Senate Staff Briefing in Washington, D.C. (July 2014) o “Challenges and Progress in Increasing Worker Safety and Mitigating Asbestos Exposure in the USA,” “Asbestos in the Americans” Symposium, 20th World Congress on Safety and Health ‘Asbestos in the Americas’ Symposium in Frankfurt, Germany (August 2014) o “The Importance of Supportive Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Caregivers,” International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) Conference in Cape Town, South Africa (October 2014) o “Social Advocacy: Where Knowledge and Community Unite,” International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) Conference in Cape Town, South Africa (October 2014) o “The Importance of Building and Sustaining Strategic Global and Domestic Partnerships,” 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management in Melbourne, Australia (October 2014) o “History and Impact of Asbestos on OHS in the U.S. and Internationally,” American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 142th Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2014)

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ADAO National Spokesman Jordan Zevon Jordan Zevon, ADAO's National Spokesman, is a talented American singer, musician, and songwriter. After his father, Warren Zevon, died from Mesothelioma in 2003 Jordan was moved to work with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), and he has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and talent to help raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos. As a passionate advocate, Jordan has traveled to Washington DC countless times to join ADAO in meetings with Congress and key administration staff. He was instrumental in his leadership role of ADAO’s product testing that uncovered dangerous asbestos fibers in a children’s toy. He also regularly presents before the press and on behalf of ADAO to help educate the public about asbestos dangers and share his personal story. He has donated his wonderful musical talents at ADAO and non-ADAO events, and participated in public service announcements – beautifully advocating through his wonderful gift. He also performed at this year’s Miles for Meso event helping to raise crucial funds for ADAO’s education efforts. Jordan’s musical career is impressive. He was executive producer of his father's final album, The Wind and also co-produced Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon, which features an all-star cast of singers and musicians. Jordan released a self-titled EP and the full-length album, “Inside’s Out” featuring, “The Joke’s On Me” which he performed on The Late Show with David Letterman. Jordan's immeasurable commitment to asbestos victims, coupled with his musical gifts, has provided a united voice that will continue to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases. Thank you Jordan for your years of dedicated support, inspirational story, and beautiful songs.

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ADAO Celebrity Board Co-Chair Barbara McQueen Barbara McQueen and Jordan Zevon lead the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s (ADAO) national Celebrity Board efforts and have brought an even stronger voice to ADAO’s message through their work. Barbi is the widow of American film star, Steve McQueen, in addition to a former model and photographer. She is also the author of Steve McQueen: The Last Mile Revisited, which documents the three-and-a-half year relationship between the two and includes candid photographs from 1977 to 1980. Since its publication, ADAO has presented Barbi’s book to experts and organizations in more than 10 countries, helping spread awareness about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases. She has also hosted several art exhibits of her work with shows in London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Nashville, Phoenix and Idaho, where she resides. Since 2011, Barbi has been working with ADAO. It was an honor to recognize Steve McQueen with the 2012 Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute, which Barbi accepted on behalf of her late husband, delivered a keynote speech, and led a book signing at the conference Tribute Dinner, “Steve McQueen: The King of Cool.” Barbi has been a strong supporter of ADAO and advocate on behalf of asbestos victims and their families, even traveling to Capitol Hill with ADAO to speak out against asbestos and in support of prevention and a ban. Special thanks to Barbi for her support over the years! Her voice truly makes a difference.

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ADAO Science Advisory Board Science Advisory Board Co-Chairmen

Arthur Frank, MD, PhD Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH

Science Advisory Board Members

Brad Black, MD Barry Castleman, ScD Raja Flores, MD Michael Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP Hedy Kindler, MD L. Christine Oliver, M.D. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference Leadership April 17 – 19, 2015 ADAO BOARD OF DIRECTORS Freddi Segal – Gidan, PA, PhD Doug Larkin Linda Reinstein Laurie Rice Ellen Tunkelrott SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD Co-Chairs: Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD and Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH Brad Black, MD Barry Castleman, ScD Raja Flores, MD Michael Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP Hedy Kindler, MD L. Christine Oliver, M.D. AAC COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS Agenda Capitol Tours Communications Conference Liaison Executive Assistant Graphics Interns Marriott Arrangements National Spokesperson Photographer Speaker Liaison Sunday Brunch Tributes Videographer

Linda Reinstein Herman Hamilton Kimberly Cecchini Ellen Costa Herman Hamilton Jessica Mattmuller Emily Reinstein and Jasmine Uysal Herman Hamilton Jordan Zevon Tony Rich Dr. Celeste Monforton Ellen Tunkelrott Marilyn Amento & Ann Samuelson Sue Ann Taylor, Zeel TV

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization sincerely thanks

Lisa Crandall

for hosting the Patient and Family D.C.Trolley Tour and Lunch

in loving memory of Tom


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Emerald Donors The Von St. James Family The Gundlach Family Jill Cagle

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Garnet Donors Paul & Yvonne Hall


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2005 – 2015 ADAO Honorees & Keynote Speakers 2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington, D.C. o International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Tribute of Hope Award o Troi Atkinson, Warren Zevon "Keep me in Your Heart" Award o Congressman Bruce Vento, Warren Zevon "Keep me in Your Heart" Award (2014) o Dr. Jorma Rantanen, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award o American Public Health Association (APHA), Tribute of Unity Award o The Brazilian Labour Public Ministry, Tribute of Inspiration Award o Ellen Patton, The Alan Reinstein Award o Dr. Jorma Rantanen and Sue Vento, Keynote Speakers 2014 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington, D.C. The Honorable Henry Waxman, U.S. House of Representatives, Tribute of Hope Award Congressman Bruce Vento, Warren Zevon "Keep me in Your Heart" Award Dr. David Egilman, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Ken Takahashi Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award National Association for the Defense of Asbestos Victims (Andeva), Tribute of Unity Award Bill Ravanesi Tribute of Inspiration Award Janelle Bedel, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Award Heather Von St. James, The Alan Reinstein Award Lou Williams, The Alan Reinstein Award Keynote Speaker: Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General 2013 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington, D.C. The Honorable Lois Capps (D-CA), U.S. House of Representatives, Tribute of Hope Award Jordan Zevon, "Keep me in Your Heart" Award Dr. Celeste Monforton, Dr. Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Tribute of Unity Award Karen Banton, Tribute of Inspiration Award Rob Cagle, Alan Reinstein Award Mavis Nye, Alan Reinstein Award Dr. Aubrey Miller, Keynote Speaker

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2005 – 2015 ADAO Honorees & Keynote Speakers 2012 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Manhattan Beach, CA The Honorable Steve Cohen (D-TN), U.S. House of Representatives, Tribute of Hope Award Actor Steve McQueen, Warren Zevon "Keep me in Your Heart" Award Dr. Arthur Frank, Dr. Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Richard Lemen, Dr. Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Associazione Familiari Vittime Amianto (AFEVA), Tribute of Unity Award Joel Shufro, Tribute of Inspiration Award Debbie Brewer, Alan Reinstein Award Larry Davis, Alan Reinstein Award Matt Peacock, Keynote Speaker 2011 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Atlanta, GA The Honorable Max Baucus, United States Senator, Tribute of Hope Award Ron Cyrus, Warren Zevon "Keep me in Your Heart" Award Dr. Guadalupe Aguilar Madrid, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Environmental Information Association, Tribute of Unity Award Sugio Furuya, Tribute of Inspiration Award Julie Gundlach, The Alan Reinstein Award Dr. Linda Rae Murray, Keynote Speaker 2010 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees Honorees – Chicago, IL The Honorable Richard Durbin, United States Senator, Tribute of Hope Award Army Archerd, Warren Zevon "Keep me in Your Heart" Tribute Memorial Award Dr. Hedy Kindler, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Center of Asbestos Related Disease (CARD), Tribute of Unity Award Fernanda Ginnasi, Tribute of Inspiration Award June Briet, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Memorial Award Jordan Barab, Keynote Speaker

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2005 – 2015 ADAO Honorees & Keynote Speakers 2009 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Manhattan Beach, CA The Honorable Barbara Boxer, United States Senator, Tribute of Hope Dr. Stephen Levin, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Peg Seminario, AFL/CIO, Tribute of Unity Award Pralhad Malvadkar and Raghunath Manwar, Tribute of Inspiration Award Dominick Marzicola, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Memorial Award Andrew Schneider, Keynote Speaker 2008 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees Honorees – Detroit, MI Dr. Aubrey Miller, Tribute of Hope Barry Castleman, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Canadian Auto Workers, Tribute of Unity Award John Thayer, Former US Capitol Tunnel Worker Supervisor and Asbestos Victim, Tribute of Inspiration Award John McNamara, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Memorial Award Terry Lynch, Int’l Vice President, Political & Legislative Director/Health Hazard Administrator, Insulators Union, Keynote Speaker 2007 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Philadelphia, PA The Honorable Patty Murray, United States Senator, Tribute of Hope Dr. Michael Harbut, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award, Patrick Martin, Member of Canadian Parliament, Tribute of Unity Award Paul Zygielbaum and Michelle Zygielbaum, Tribute of Inspiration Award Les Skramstad, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Memorial Award Dr. Peter Orris, Keynote Speaker 2006 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Day Honorees – New York City, NY The Honorable Harry Reid, United States Senator, Tribute of Hope Award Paul Brodeur, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Yasunosuke Suzuki, Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award James Fite, Tribute of Unity Award The Honorable Chuck Strahl, Member of Parliament, Canada, Tribute of Inspiration Paul Brodeur, Keynote Speaker 2005 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington, DC Gayla Benefield, Tribute of Hope Award Laurie Kazan-Allen, Tribute of Unity Award Jill Vaughn, Tribute of Inspiration Award Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, and Community Support" www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org


2015 ADAO Awards and Special Recognition 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 the workplaces and pursuit of truth and justice for the 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 Atkinson, a mesothelioma patient, will be honored with the 2015 Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award for being an ADAO Ambassador to increase asbestos and mesothelioma awareness. Congressman Bruce Vento will be honored posthumously with the 2014 Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award for his countless years of public service as a legislator and public servant. 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.

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Tribute of Unity Award American Public Health Association (APHA) American Public Health Association (APHA) will receive the 2015 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. Amy Liebman will be accepting the award on behalf of APHA. Founded in 1872, APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and its mission is dedicated to improving the health of the public and achieving equity in health status. APHA has long-been a champion for the health of all people and all communities by strengthening the public health profession; speaking out for public health, issues, and policies backed by science; and influencing public policy. APHA also publishes the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health newspaper, and leads numerous powerful public health awareness campaigns. ADAO has had the pleasure of working with APHA and presenting at their Annual Meeting & Exposition over the years, where thousands of national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists come together to share the latest emerging health, science, policy, and practice issues with the goal of preventing diseases and promoting health. As APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin stated, “We all deserve access to a culture of health – living as long as you can, as well as you can and having a short but glorious ending. It also means having a system in place that ensures we can all achieve it." ADAO strongly supports APHA’s efforts and is proud to call them a partner in the effort to improve the nation’s health. We salute APHA for their leadership, innovation, and commitment to protecting public health, and congratulate them on their Tribute of Unity Award!

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Tribute of Hope Award International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) The International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) will be presented with the 2015 Tribute of Hope Award for their steadfast commitment to advancing mesothelioma treatment, research for a cure, and patient support. Professor Dean Fennell, current President of iMig, will be accepting the award on behalf of the organization. The International Mesothelioma Interest Group was founded in 1991 with the goal of holding an international mesothelioma conference on alternate years, improving collaboration by generating a list of available resources, producing a newsletter for members on a regular basis, and fostering international interest groups to address specific issues of importance. Marie-Claude Jaurand, iMig co-founder, remembers the early beginnings of the nowinfluential global group when stating, “In September of 1991 the International Conference on mesothelioma was held in Paris. This was the first conference devoted to the biology and pathology of mesothelial cells…During that conference, a group of medical scientists from different countries met and suggested the formation of an ‘International Mesothelioma Interest Group’ to improve communication and collaboration among workers interested in this disease. The proposal was made by Bruce Robinson at the end of the meeting and the decision was unanimous. IMIG was founded.” Since its inception, iMig has sought to bring together the brightest occupational health minds in a scientific forum that facilitates international cooperation and communication in the fight for asbestos prevention. Since their beginnings, iMig has hosted over 12 international conferences around the world, including Paris, France and Cape Town, South Africa. “In the future, iMig should continue to facilitate dissemination of knowledge, education, and collaboration between researchers from different specialties and between laboratories,” said Marie-Claude Jaurand. “iMig will be the site where past and present data on malignant mesothelioma can be found, and where mesothelioma issues should be covered at local, national, or global levels.” The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) could not be happier with our partnership with iMig. Linda Reinstein, ADAO President & co-founder said, “iMig is one of our best allies in this fight. It is through international cooperation that our knowledge and understanding of asbestos-related diseases will continue to grow, and I cannot thank iMig enough for their support of this cause. iMig truly deserves this Tribute of Hope Award for giving new life and hope to mesothelioma victims around the globe.”

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Tribute of Inspiration Award The Brazilian Labour Public Ministry The Brazilian Labour Public Ministry (MPT) will be presented with the 2015 Tribute of Inspiration Award for their untiring efforts to protect workers’ safety and health in the workplace and their pursuit of truth and justice for asbestos workers and victims. Representing the Brazilian Labour Public Ministry at the conference will be Dr. Philippe Gomes Jardim and Dr. Luis Antonio Camargo De Melo, who will also be accepting the award on behalf of the organization. The Brazilian Labour Public Ministry is comprised of the State Attorney and Labour Prosecutor’s Office. The State Attorney has functional, administrative, and financial autonomy and is the legal juridical guardian of the democratic system, protecting individual citizen’s inalienable interests and enforcing compliance to Brazilian Law. The Labour Prosecutor’s Office (LPO) is the branch of the State Attorney (USA) that seeks to regulate and mediate relations between employees and employers. It is up to the LPO to promote civil action under the Justice Labour in order to defend when the social rights constitutionally guaranteed to workers are violated. Dr. Luis Antonio Camargo De Melo is a pioneer in the fight against modern-day slave labor in Brazil and heads the MPT, a division of the Brazilian Prosecution Service whose role is to guarantee the enforcement of labor laws. “It is with great honor and an immense sense of responsibility that the MPT accepts the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)’s Tribute of Inspiration Award,” said De Melo. “The MPT is a true Brazilian institution, and is unlike any other in the world. It has successfully developed the Program for the Eradication of Asbestos in Brazil, whose purpose is to outline national strategies to prevent the handling and use of asbestos fibers in the entire national territory.” When asked about his greatest accomplishments, Dr. Philippe Gomes Jardim, Prosecutor, National Coordinator for the Workplace Environment Protection division of the MPT, and member in the Brazilian National Asbestos Eradication Program selflessly said, “We are fully aware that, through our work, we are representing an important part of Brazilian society. We are supporting their rights, which are infringed upon by practices such as modern-day slave labor, child labor, labor fraud, and strikes against workers’ health and life. There is no greater reward than to be thanked by a worker when we positively change their work conditions, securing their physical integrity and protecting their lives…It is the Labor Prosecutor’s Office’s wish to continue to participate in this international process to protect the lives of workers and to protect society.” Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, and Community Support" www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org


Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Jorma Rantanen Dr. Jorma Rantanen will be recognized with the 2015 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 (ADAO). Dr. Rantanen is an occupational health specialist with over 40 years of experience. He is currently a professor at the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and has served for 30 years as the Director General of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH). Over these many years of service, Dr. Rantanen has never stopped striving for progress in international global health. When chairing the Finnish Government Committee on Asbestos, he took charge of the Finnish National Asbestos Programme for a total ban and elimination of asbestos. Internationally, he has advised the World Health Organization (WHO), International Labor Organization (ILO), and several governments on the elimination of asbestos-related diseases. He has also published approximately 500 research and professional articles, and authored books on occupational health practices, cancer risk assessment, chemical and global risk assessment, prevention practices including for asbestos-related diseases, and work in the information society. Dr. Rantanen first heard the word “asbestos” when he was only 15 and working in the construction industry as an electrician. Although these young years were dangerous because of the associated asbestos exposure, it was this experience that motivated his focus on occupational health. “As a child, I lived in a rural community and learned to love nature, animals, and biosystems,” said Dr. Rantanen. “In my professional studies, I started first as an electrician (very heavily asbestos-exposing) and then moved into electrical engineering, switching later to medicine. Certainly my experience from high-risk electrician work was the one that directed me to occupational health.” “Statistics are people with the tears wiped away,” said Dr. Irving Selikoff, for whom this award was named. “Dr. Selikoff was a source of inspiration, a teacher, and a role model for me,” added Dr. Rantanen. “First, he made a revolution in the clinical and public health battle against tuberculosis, which was at that time the greatest public epidemic. Then, in the 1940’s, he started to make the first observations on asbestos mortality and cancer among heavily exposed workers. He was the first one who successfully combined research and practical public health actions.” When describing his plans to continue Dr. Selikoff’s work to eliminate asbestos exposure, Dr. Rantanen described a five step process where: 1) asbestos is truly banned, 2) there is identification and elimination of pre-existing asbestos structures, 3) identification of all workers exposed to asbestos is documented, 4) special programs are built to identify high-risk workers, and 5) workers receive political and legal compensation. ADAO is excited to continue building our partnership with the accomplished Dr. Jorma Rantanen and continue working toward these goals! Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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“Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute Award

Troi Atkinson Talented musician and mesothelioma patient, Troi Atkinson, will be honored with the 2015 Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute Award for being an ADAO Ambassador to increase asbestos and mesothelioma awareness. Troi started off his root-seeking life in the Deep South, where the influence of the Arkansas hills shaped his melodies and helped him form an old-school, homegrown style of rock and roll. Influenced by great musicians such as Neil Young and Warren Zevon, as well as songwriters Roger Miller and Robert Jordan, Tori began writing songs and basing his music off of his life experiences and personal emotions. Atkinson’s life story and travels across the world as a solider and sailor round off the edges of his unique rhythms. One of his most famous and relevant songs, “I’m Not Ready Yet,” is based off of his personal struggle with mesothelioma, and is an “anthem to all those who entertained the thought they were done for.” Through his life as a traveling musician, Troi seeks to make human connections – spreading, sharing, and connecting his struggles and stories with others. When asked what this musical connection means to him, Tori responded, “Music is a form of meditation for me where I disconnect from myself and connect to something larger: humanity. It is exalting, thus healing.” Though his musical voice, pure heart, and personal mesothelioma struggle, Troi has become a voice for asbestos-related disease victims all over the country. Troi commented on his ADAO Ambassador role, saying, “The level of support from the ADAO community is immeasurable. Whether it’s providing strength to a family member in need of support or enabling patient-to-patient dialogue, the diligence ADAO has spent getting current information out to the general public is beyond scope in its importance. There is hope in the collective action and freedom in knowledge. It is my desire to live out my days – however many they may be – always with a song in my heart, shedding some light on the strong walk to our healthier future.” ADAO is excited and honored to continue our partnership with Troi as he continues to share his story inspiring hope and strength in the hearts of others.

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“Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute Award

Congressman Bruce Vento Congressman Bruce Vento will be honored posthumously with the Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute Award for his years of service as a legislator and public servant. From 1977 until his death from mesothelioma in 2000, Vento was a Democratic Congressman representing Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District. Accepting the award on his behalf is his wife, Susan Vento, an asbestos victim advocate and ADAO keynote speaker. Congressman Vento’s legacy includes advocacy for our national parks, the environment and historic preservation, passage of the first federal legislation providing assistance to Americans who are homeless, especially children, and advocating for working men and women and their families. The Congressman’s paternal grandparents came from Italy, and his maternal grandparents from Germany. His mother and father were hard-working, first-generation Americans and strong union advocates who worked to provide their children with good educations and the better lives that so many parents of that generation valued. Vento took those values with him to Congress. When asked how ADAO could carry on her husband’s legacy, Ms. Vento replied that it is not just his legacy “but every American who dies from asbestos-related diseases should be honored with legislation that will reduce asbestos exposure to the lowest possible level with an emphasis on secondary, work-related and residential exposures.” Ms. Vento joins ADAO in supporting “legislation that will increase public awareness of the risks of asbestos and fund research for the diagnoses and treatments of mesothelioma, asbestosis and cancers.” Vento was a young husband and father supporting his family and working his way through college in St. Paul factories when he was exposed to asbestos. He had no idea his health and well-being were at risk until decades later. Before he was elected Congressman, Vento was a junior high science and social studies teacher. Fellow Congressman Jim Leach commented for an MPR article: “He brought a particular background as well as a particular concern for people that was really unique. Bruce, who had been one of the really fine teachers in Minnesota, became a teacher who came to Washington, who taught the Congress a lot about American life.” After Vento’s announcement that he would not seek an additional term due to his illness, President Bill Clinton praised the Congressman at a fundraiser in his honor, saying, “we love you and we are grateful.” ADAO enthusiastically agrees. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Alan Reinstein Award Ellen Patton Ellen Patton, a mesothelioma patient, will be recognized with the 2015 Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families.

Pleural Mesothelioma.”

“The first step to solving a problem like asbestos is to let people know that the problem still exists,” said Ellen, a longtime ADAO community member. “I often feel that I am a survivor for the purpose of helping spread the word of the dangers of asbestos and how we can protect ourselves and our family. There is no other logical reason that I have survived 14 years with bilateral

Fourteen years ago, at 41 years old, Ellen was diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma. Even in dire circumstances, she still cites the experience as the “proudest day of her life,” the day she began her life work against asbestos. After beating her crippling diagnosis with an alternative treatment immune therapy, Ellen has become a major voice for asbestos victims everywhere, supporting and speaking out with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and speaking at multiple congressional events in Washington D.C., including Senate Judiciary Committee Meetings. Through her innovative and natural soaps line, Breathe Products, LLC, Ellen educates and inspires others by spreading the message that asbestos has not yet been banned. On each bar of the company’s natural soap hangs a tag that reads “Ban Asbestos,” and 10% of all sales go directly to ADAO educational efforts. Ellen explains, “It's important to be creative in order to get people to listen” and fuel the conversation about asbestos. Ellen is a proud, fierce mesothelioma warrior, whose kind heart and tireless dedication touches all those she knows. When asked about the Alan Reinstein Award, Ellen said she feels that “this award represents love, responsibility, and strength.” There is no doubt that Ellen embodies all of these qualities. Thank you, Ellen, for your years of dedicated support and compassion.

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Keynote Speaker Professor Jorma Rantanen

“Update on the 2014 Helsinki Criteria and Next Steps” -by Dr. Richard Lemen ADAO is honored to have a Keynote Speaker of the International reputation of Dr. Jorma Rantanen at the 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. In his keynote address, “Update on the 2014 Helsinki Criteria and Next Steps,” Dr. Rantanen will share his experience as a professor and international global health and occupational health leader. Dr. Rantanen has directed both the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH); contributed as an occupational health expert for the World Health Organization (WHO), International Labor Organization (ILO), and European Union (EU); and authored articles and books on occupational health practices, cancer risk assessment, chemical and global risk assessment, prevention practices covering multiple subjects including asbestos-related diseases. He is truly one of the most experienced and scholarly individuals I have ever work with. His knowledge on all aspects concerning asbestos will provide ADAO with a breath of information not shared from one individual previously. It is my extreme pleasure to have him share with us at our 2015 conference. As part of his keynote address, Dr. Rantanen will bring us the latest developments from The Helsinki Criteria for Diagnosis and Attribution of Asbestos-Related Diseases, which was recently updated at a meeting in 2014 that both Linda and I attended in Helsinki. Much has happened since the first version was developed in 1997, and his address to ADAO will share those changes as well as the next steps in the continuing study, diagnosis, and prevention of asbestos-related diseases. Jorma has been a dear friend, hero, and colleague for over 30 years and he works tirelessly towards progress in international global health. Professor Rantanen’s determination to see the banning of asbestos lead to Finland’s leadership role in this endeavor. Please join me in welcoming him to the 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. Sincerely, Dr. Richard Lemen

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Keynote Speaker Susan Vento

“Because We Must: A Call to Collective Action” “It is an honor to welcome Susan Vento as our Keynote Speaker in ADAO’s eleventh anniversary year,” said ADAO Co-Founder and President Linda Reinstein. “I have had the privilege of knowing Sue for almost as long as ADAO has been in existence. Sadly, she and I share the heartbreaking loss of our husbands to mesothelioma. Sue speaks out passionately on behalf of asbestos victims. It is my great pleasure to count her among my dear friends.” Susan and Bruce Vento were tireless advocates on behalf of those who could not help themselves. Bruce was a U.S. Congressman who represented Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District for nearly 24 years. She was an elementary school teacher who served for more than 27 years as a staff member for the Education Minnesota Foundation, representing teachers and educational support professionals. Congressman Vento announced in February 2000 that he would not run for re-election after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. He passed away eight months later, in October of that same year. After Congressman Vento’s death, Susan became an advocate, educating others about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos. Congressman Vento was exposed to asbestos through his work as a laborer, decades before his public service. Over the past fourteen years, Susan has lobbied on asbestos and mesothelioma issues at both the state and federal levels, including aiding in the prevention of federal legislation that would have stripped patients and families of legal rights. She also co-authored the book “100 Questions and Answers About Mesothelioma” for new patients and is an active and outspoken member of the Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign. “Telling the stories of our loved ones' lives is our most powerful and effective organizing and lobbying tool - always has been, always will be,” stated Susan Vento. “These stories provide names, faces, and legacies . . . not just a statistic or a settlement, but a loved one who has been dealt the brutal blow of a cruel asbestos disease. Let's pledge to tell these stories every chance we get.” We are grateful to Susan and Bruce Vento for their years of public service and for joining us in telling those stories. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Asbestos Disease  Awareness   Organization  sends  our  sincere   appreciation  to  the  800  participants   who  ran  and  walked  in  honor  of  the   ADAO  Virtual  Mesothelioma   Warriors  Team  and  to  the  donors   who  generously  gave  to  support  our   education  ,  advocacy,  and   community  support  efforts.    


If you or a loved one have been affected by asbestos and asbestos-related diseases, please share your story. These stories provide hope and comfort to those in similar situations and can spread awareness of asbestos in order to save lives.


“Keep Me  In  Your  Heart”  

Warren Zevon   1947  -­‐  2003  

Shadows are  fallin'  and  I'm  runnin'  out  of  breath   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while   If  I  leave  you  it  doesn't  mean  I  love  you  any  less   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while     When  you  get  up  in  the  mornin'   and  you  see  that  crazy  sun   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while   There's  a  train  leavin'  nightly  called     "When  All  is  Said  and  Done"   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while     Sha-­‐lalala-­‐lala-­‐li-­‐lalala-­‐lo   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while   Sha-­‐lalala-­‐lala-­‐li-­‐lalala-­‐lo   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while     Sometimes  when  you're  doin'   simple  things  around  the  house   Maybe  you'll  think  of  me  and  smile  

You know  I'm  tied  to  you  like  the  buttons  on  your  blouse   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while       Hold  me  in  your  thoughts   Take  me  to  your  dreams   Touch  me  as  I  fall  into  view   When  the  winter  comes   Keep  the  fires  lit   And  I  will  be  right  next  to  you     Engine  driver's  headed  north  up  to  Pleasant  Stream   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while   These  wheels  keep  turnin'   but  they're  runnin'  out  of  steam   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while     Sha-­‐lalala-­‐lala-­‐li-­‐lalala-­‐lo   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while   Sha-­‐lalala-­‐lala-­‐li-­‐lalala-­‐lo   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while   Keep  me  in  your  heart  for  a  while  

Lyrics reprinted with permission. © 2003 Zevon Music (BMI) / Googolplex Music (BMI)


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization thanks

Barbara Minty McQueen for her commitment to ADAO, support on the Hill, and generous donation of autographed copies of her beautiful photographic memoir Steve McQueen:

The Last Mile Revisited.

Visit www.barbaramintymcqueen.com to view photos of Barbara with her late husband Steve McQueen and order copies of her book.


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RON CYRUS

“ My dad was everything to me and most of all he was my best friend. His character, trustworthiness and dedication made him a wonderful role model. If only money could bring better health, he would be with us today. I support ADAO and their efforts to ban asbestos. We all must work together in this fight. ADAO has my continued support in making everyone aware of this deadly disease.” — Billy Ray Cyrus


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IN MEMORIAM


In Loving Memory of Alan Reinstein 1939 – 2006

Unforgettable Husband and Father Sweetly, we remember how you lived your life so deeply and without regrets. You loved us unconditionally. The broken shards of the past eight years soften amongst 25 years of bliss and have become a cherished mosaic of memories. Our love for you is forever etched across our hearts, and we feel your love.

Love,

Linda and Emily


Bill Shields 1943-2004

Husband, Father, Friend

You are never forgotten and you were an inspiration in founding ADAO – so that all victims may have a voice. Your spirit still soars on the wings of a seagull, and our memories will always keep you alive in our hearts, minds and souls forever. From your loving family and friends


In Memory of Joe Amento, Jr. June 19, 1950 - July 26, 2003 Ambler, PA There are  many  things  I  miss  about  my  Dad.  One  thing   is   the   smell   of   him   when   he   walked   through   the   backdoor.   I   also   miss   his   optimism.   He   was   also   happy   and   always   told   me,   no  matter  how  bad  the  situation  that  everything  was  going  to   be   alright.   I   also   miss   having   fun   with   him.   He   always   made   me   laugh   whenever   I   was   unhappy;   he   always   let   me   win   no   matter  how  much  my  Mom  disagreed  to  it.     There  are  also  experiences  I  never  got  to  share  with  my   Dad.  We  never  played  a  real  game  of  tennis  together  (I  learned   recently   that   he   was   a   tennis   coach).   I’ve   been   taking   tennis   lessons,  and  it  would  be  great  to  have  him  as  my  tennis  coach.   He   taught   me   to   play   chess   when   we   were   visiting   my   Great   Our  Family  Picture,  Christmas  2002   Uncle  Jimmy.  I  have  learned  so  much  about  chess  in  the  5  plus   years   since   he’s   been   gone.   I’d   bet   that   if   we   played   chess   today,  he  would  probably  move  his  Queen  right  next  to  my  Rook  so  that  I  could  take  it.    I  miss  you  Dad.       Love,     Your  Son,     Joe  (2009)  

What can  I  say  about  my  Dad?  I  could  go  on  for  eternity  explaining  to  you  how  amazing  my  Dad  was.  He  still  is.  I   swear  he  is  an  angel  sent  from  heaven  above  to  be  with  us.  I  still  can't  get  over  how  lucky  we  were  to  have  him.  I  did't   deserve  to  have  his  goodness.  I  couldn't  have  asked  for  a  better  father.  He  was  a  saint.  I  can  imagine  him  now:  St.  Joseph   Amento,  Jr.     My  Dad  was  the  best  father  and  husband  in  the  world.  Although  I  only  knew  Dad  for  8  years  of  my  life,  I  have  to   say  those  were  the  greatest  years  of  my  life.  He  made  me  who  I  am  today.  Sometimes  I  still  think  how  unfair  it  is,  how   utterly  wrong  it  is  to  have  him  gone.  I  know  heaven  really  needed  him  up  there  but  couldn't  heaven  have  waited  until  he   walked  me  down  the  aisle?  I  can  imagine  it.  He'd  be  whispering  in  my  ear,  "My  baby  doll."  We'd  both  be  crying  as  he  led   me   to   the   man   of   my   dreams.   I   know   my   husband-­‐to-­‐be   would   have   felt   as   if   my   Dad   were   his   Dad   too   because   my   Dad   made   everyone   feel   that   way.   He   had   room   in   his   heart   for   everyone.   He   did.   He   would   have   gladly   shared   his   love   with   everyone.  He  was  such  a  good  man.  He  would  have  opened  his  arms  to  the  asbestos  CEOs  and  forgiven  them  for  killing   him.  I'm  not  even  kidding.     My  Dad  was  the  best  baseball  player  ever.  He  was  even  better  than  Mickey  Mantle  and  Scott  Rolen.  He  was  a   better  basketball  player  than  Michael  Jordan  and  Yao  Ming  combined.  He  was  a  better  coach  than  anyone  I  have  ever   known.  I  can't  remember  when  there  wasn't  a  huge  smile  on  his  face  when  he  was  coaching.  He  never  stopped  helping   kids  and  giving  them  advice.  He  never  ever  yelled  at  kids.  I  think  he'd  rather  stop  playing  baseball  himself  then  ever  do   that.  Baseball  was  his  all  time  favorite  sport  and  he  taught  me  even  when  he  was  sick.  I  swear  I  was  better  when  I  was  8   years   old   than   I   am   now.   I   still   play   softball   in   his   memory   and   I   know   he   is   cheering   me   on.   He   taught   me   all   there   is   to   know  about  softball  and  I  was  a  pro  when  I  was  8.  He  was  the  perfect  coach  and  I  know  that  there  was  not  one  time  that   any   kid   was   ever   mad   or   afraid   of   him.   My   Dad   never   played   favorites   during   a   game.   He   played   every   person  

equally even  when  some  of  the  other  kids  weren't  very  good.  He'd  say  at  first  base  you  were  doing  great.  He   gave  the  whole  team  confidence.     I  love  you,  Dad,  and  I  miss  you.   Love,   Your  Daughter,   Julie  (2009)  


ADAO pays  tribute  to  the  bravery  and  strength  of…  

Michael Bradley   1984  -­‐  2014  

“Not only  am  I  fighting  asbestos  related  cancer,  but  I  am  putting  myself  on   the  frontline  in  the  battle  against  the  mining  and  use  of  asbestos.”  

-­‐ Michael  

   

“Three years  ago  today  I  took  my  son  Michael  Bradley  to  the  hospital  in  awful  pain.   This  was  the  start  to  a  long  painful  journey  that  ended  April  24,  2014.  Michael   suffers  no  more.  Our  pain  remains.  All  because  of  asbestos  that  was  preventable.   I  love  you  Michael.”                 -­‐  Sandra  Neuenschwander,  February  14,  2015    


Gordon Gordon GordonBankhead Bankhead Bankhead 1943 1943 1943–––2011 2011 2011

“Have “Have “Have I ITold ITold Told You You You Lately Lately Lately That That That I ILove ILove Love You” You” You” Remembering Remembering Remembering Seven Seven Seven Seventeen Seventeen Seventeen Love, Love, Love, Emily Emily Emily


A life ended way too soon. Husband, Father, Lover and Friend Our lives will never be the same. I will love you forever. ~ Lisa ~


Stan “Swede” Grimberg Union Plumber Local 290/Oregon Mesothelioma Warrior

April 18, 1929 - June 6, 1982

“You are on my shoulder, encouraging me always to move forward, look ahead, work hard, and make the best of what I’m given. I will tell your story Dad, so that other tradesmen and women will not suffer, and their sons and daughters will not lose their parents to deadly asbestos. By volunteering with ADAO I honor you, your fighting spirit, and the injustice our family has endured.” Love you, always and forever your daughter,

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Janelle Bedel   1976-­‐2013  

"I'm super proud of her…She's every bit of what everybody says about her -- Wonder Woman."   Andrew  Bedel    

Wonder Woman once said, in a television episode that seems made for reality, “Please take my hand. I give it to you as a gesture of friendship and love, and of faith freely given. I give you my hand and welcome you into my dream.”  


In loving memory of

Debbie Brewer Dedicated Mum and Mesothelioma Warrior 1959-2013

“Together we will fight, change is possible” Debbie Brewer was recognised worldwide for her loving support of those affected by Mesothelioma & other asbestos-related diseases, despite being diagnosed herself with Mesothelioma in 2006. “I get so much from helping other people, it gives me something to focus on & fight for” she told us. In 2012, Debbie proudly received the Alan Reinstein Award from ADAO in recognition of her services to international advocacy, campaigning, support and education. Her reputation for challenging convention is legendary. Debbie leaves three beloved children, Richard, Siobhan & Kieran, together with a large, extended family of worldwide Mesothelioma warriors.


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In Loving Memory

JAN EGERTON 1960 - 2014

A true Mesothelioma Warrior who inspired, supported others and continued to raise awareness while fighting her own battle. Jan is sadly missed by her soul mate and much loved husband Gary. She was an adoring Mummy to Lexi and Bear, a beloved Sister and Auntie and a wonderful friend to many others around the world. An angel who is loved so much - spread your wings – and fly now that you are without pain.


Remembering Kenny Beer 1950 - 2011

Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you You brought happiness to every life you touched. We shared our love of family & friends…….our passion for golf, fine wine and our great joy in spending time together…… we had so much more life to live. Our family’s center…… forever loved & missed Love always Marli & Stewart, The Beer & Stewart families Together we can make a difference by supporting the Asbestos Awareness Disease Organization….. thanks for all you do to raise awareness and your dedication to the fight to ban asbestos use worldwide.


In honor of our Superheroes and the inspiration for our mission…

David “SuperDad” & Eileen “Wonder Woman” Dioguardi

In celebration and support of our SuperDad, we held our first annual I Know A Superhero Family Fun Festival & Softball Tournament in September. We are grateful for all of those who volunteered, sponsored, donated to and attended our event.

Please hold August 22, 2015, for our 2nd annual awareness and fundraising event at St. Christina Fields/ Mt. Greenwood Park, Chicago, Illinois

FAMILY

FUN

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& SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT WWW.MESOHEROES .ORG

This event will benefit University of Chicago Medicine's Mesothelioma Program and Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Thank you to Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization for your efforts on behalf of all Mesothelioma HEROES, and congratulations to all of the ADAO Honorees.You are all Superheroes!


John James Mikulic

May 4, 1946 – September 22, 2013 Our LOVE was one in a million and Loving you has spoiled me forever. I miss your touch, holding hands, feeling your arms around me and the wonderful kiss goodnight! I MISS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU! I never believed that You and I would get a second chance at Love. Everything about you and me make me realize that what we had was a Once-in-a-Lifetime ~ Forever Connection. I was so lucky to have you back in my life and I will forever miss you. This HORRIBLE DISEASE STOLE OUR FUTURE AND IT STOLED YOUR LIFE.

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2010

JOHN ~~ You were the LOVE of my LIFE You are always in my thoughts and prayers and I know you are with me always. My heart aches for you everyday. You were a loving, kind, and wonderful person and you are missed by so many! I look forward to the day we are together again!

April, 2013

I LOVE YOU and I ALWAYS WILL! Your loving wife, Michele


IN LOVING MEMORY JALAL (JJ) SEGMEN

MESOTHELIOMA WARRIOR 06/21/1955 – 08/31/2007

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ð Your gentle face and patient smile With sadness we recall, You had a kindly word for each And died beloved by all. The voice is mute and stilled the heart That loved us well and true, Ah, bitter was the trial to part From one so good as you. You are not forgotten loved one Nor will you ever be, As long as life and memory last We will remember thee. We miss you now, our hearts are sore, As time goes by we miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face, No one can fill your empty place.


In honor of the courageous battle of…

Jimmy O’Driscoll 1947 - 2015

Mesothelioma has taken so much from us. You fight your daily battle with so much dignity and courage. The demon within can never take that away or my everlasting love for you. -

Esther

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” - Mary Ann Radmacher


TODD HALL Lexington, KY 1967-2006

In Todd’s memory, his family initiated legislation for September 26th to be recognized as Mesothelioma Awareness Day annually in KY. KY SB62 passed in 2010.

Todd was most known for his loving and genuine personality. He was always willing to lend a hand to those in need, never expecting anything in return. Todd possessed an infectious smile and led an adventurous life. Mesothelioma ended his zest for life and adventures much too soon, leaving a void for those who loved him. He battled mesothelioma valiantly. Thanks to ADAO for the opportunity to promote the ban of asbestos in Todd’s memory. Nothing is as tragic as losing someone you love to a preventable disease. Todd’s Family & Friends


Robbie Cagle   Meso  Warrior   July  22,  1965  –  September  11,  2011  

There are so many things that I would like to say about this wonderful man but there is just not enough room. He was my Soul Mate: a very dedicated and loving husband, friend, father, son, brother and most recently a grandfather. He absolutely loved to fish, ride his Harley and play golf. Rob could tell a story like no one else I know. He was such a people person and never met a stranger. He had a smile and one of those personalities that just lit up a room. Loved lending a helping hand. In fact, the night before he was placed in hospice care, he was DJing for a benefit. The courage that he displayed through 6 years of mesothelioma and too many chemo treatments to count, was such an awesome example for others and a true testament to his life. Encouraging others till the end he affected and infected so many people’s lives. Rob was an advocate for fighting this disease and the total ban of asbestos. This disease took his life but it never ever took his spirit and passion for living. He never gave up. I believe he would want to say to those battling this nasty disease:

Don’t give up!! Live Every Day!! Love with your whole heart!! Keep fighting for a ban and a cure!! and as only he could say...

“It’s All Good!!!" Rob, You will be missed more than words can describe. See you in heaven. Love, Jill


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization sincerely thanks

Julie Burns For keeping the flame of honor, remembrance, and hope burning in the hearts of Mesothelioma Warriors around the world.

Jill Vaughn Candle Lighting Tradition, December 28 and January 4


Carole Anne Hagedorn rd th 3

November 1950 – 20 June 2014 Cambridge, England

Diagnosed with Pleural Mesothelioma in July 2008

Carole’s illness   was   discovered   in   2008   and   the   prognosis   was   dire   with   just   a   few   months   to   live.   After   chemotherapy,  we  were  told  nothing  more  could  be  done   but  to  make  her  as  comfortable  as  possible. We   sought   expert   help   from   Dr.   Jeremy   Steele   at   St.   Bartholomew’s  Hospital  in  London.  He  arranged  for  Carole   to   apply   (successfully)   for   a   Gene   Therapy   Trial   at   the   University   of   Pennsylvania,   Philadelphia,   under   Dr.   Dan   Sterman.   The   gene   therapy   and   a   radical   pleurectomy   performed  by  top  surgeon  Dr.  Loic  Lang-­‐Lazdunski  at  Guy’s   Hospital   in   London   gave   us   a   precious   further   5   years   and   10  months  of  happiness  together  under  Dr.  Steele’s  care. Carole  at  our  son  Alex’s  graduation  -­‐  2012

Initially  shocked  by  the  discovery  of  a  disease  that  was  previously  unknown  to  us,   and  a  poor  life  expectancy,  she   rapidly  found  help  and  support  from  the  charity,   Mesothelioma  UK.  Through  one  of  their  seminars,  Carole  met  Michael  Lees  who,   after   the   loss   of   his   teacher   wife   Gina   to   Mesothelioma,   set   up   the   Asbestos   in   Schools   (AiS)   campaign.   Carole   became   an   enthusiastic   supporter   of   the   work   of   AiS,   which   has   done   much   to   inspire   action   and   alert   the   UK   to   the   dangers   of   breathing   even   small   quantities   of   asbestos   dust.   Vulnerable   children   spend   so   many   of   their     formative   years   together   with     their     teachers   and   asbestos   in   classrooms.   Carole  was  interviewed  many  times,  made  speeches  and  helped  to  influence  those   who   met   her   with   her   dedication   to   making   schools   in   UK   and   world-­‐wide   safe   places  for  teachers  to  teach,   children   to   learn   and   the   ancillary   staff   to   support   them.   Carole   inspired,   and   was   much   loved   by,   all   who   Carole  in  a  photo-­‐shoot  with  her   knew   her   as   grandmother,   close  friend, Angie  Fordham,     wife,  sister,  mother,  linguist,   just  a  few  weeks  after  her   union   worker,   teacher,   diagnosis  in  2008. traveller,   scrabble   and   bridge  player,  asbestos  campaigner  or  simply  as  a  loyal  friend.   Carole,  in  China,  on  a  three-­‐week  tour  of  all  the  most   well  known  sights  six  weeks  before  she  died.  This   shot  was  taken  with  an  iPad  and  is  untouched  –  just   as  it  came  out  on  the  screen.

I miss  Carole  every  minute  of  every  day.

Vince Hagedorn  


In Loving Memory of Bill Boone

Bill Boone; husband, father, talented artist with a great sense of humor who is deeply missed...

Love Always, Etta, Donna, Kim, Ray and Parker


GBAN GLOBAL BAN ASBESTOS NETWORK COMMUNICATION.COLLABORATION.ACTION social media community

The Global Ban Asbestos Network (GBAN) Social Media Community is a non-proďŹ t an independent initiative established to promote and facilitate collaboration, communication, and action to achieve a global asbestos ban. GBAN is a one-stop portal that brings together interactive social media outlets to promote an end to asbestos mining and use, thereby preventing continued exposure to this known human carcinogen.

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Thank you, Sarah McOnie and the McOnie Agency!

Your support of the 2015 Global Asbestos Awareness Week helped make it the best year of education and awareness yet! Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.TM Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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www.mconieagency.com

We specialise in industrial, occupational health, safety and environmental public relations. This year we have joined forces with ADAO to support the excellent work done to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos by promoting “Hear Asbestos? Think Prevention!” around the world via our international network. Awareness can only be achieved through good communication and partnerships – we are thrilled to be joining the conversation with ADAO.

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13TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL MESOTHELIOMA INTEREST GROUP


Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is proud to sponsor Earl Dotter’s “Badges: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers” exhibit

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Irving J. Selikoff


EWG’s ground-breaking 2004 report “Asbestos: Think Again” focused on the thousands of innocent people who have suffered, and in too many cases died, from exposure to asbestos. EWG Action Fund dedicated this project to the life and work of the late Rep. Bruce Vento, D-Minn., who died of mesothelioma on October 10, 2000. Congressman Vento was an eloquent and energetic champion of countless environmental causes from pollution control to wilderness protection and left his stamp on many of America’s most important laws.

About the photo: Joe Darabant worked with asbestos construction materials at the Johns-Manville plant in Manville, N.J., for more than 30 years. He retired in 1974 at the age of 50 when the company health center told him he had “chronic bronchitis” and a “weak heart.” Later, independent physicians diagnosed him with asbestosis. He died on April 26, 1990 at the age of 66. HIs photograph was featured on the cover of EWG’s 2004 report, Asbestos — Think Again. http://www.ewg.org/asbestos/index.php


ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION ASSOCIATION The Association’s multi-disciplinary membership will collect, generate and disseminate information concerning environmental health hazards to occupants of buildings, industrial sites and other facility operations.

EIA Salutes the work of the ADAO And we wish you the best of luck in your 2015 endeavors. We appreciate the partnership between our organizations, and look forward to working together to bring an end to the needless dangers of asbestos exposure.

The Environmental Information Association, with its beginnings as the National Asbestos Council, has spent over 30 years at the forefront in providing the environmental industry with the information needed to remain knowledgeable, responsible, and competitive in the environmental health and safety industry.

EIA is holding its 33rd Annual Conference, March 6-9, 2016 at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas! The EIA National Conference is the best source of technical information for Environmental Health and Safety Professionals, in the areas of Asbestos, Lead, IAQ, Mold and EMS/ESA. ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION ASSOCIATION 6935 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 306 Chevy Chase, MD 20815 www.eia-usa.org Phone: 888-343-4342 Fax: 301-961-3094 Email: info@eia-usa.org


..is excited to sponsor our friends on the other side of the world for their European Asbestos Forum!!!

May 27,  2015   NH  Grand  Hotel  Krasnapolsky   Amsterdam   This event is an excellent forum to exchange knowledge regarding all matters relating to asbestos: Labour Remediation � Best Practices � Limit Values � Raising Awareness in the Workplace � Asbestos Litigation � National & European Policy � Enforcement of Regulations � Comparing Regulations � Medical/Epidemiological Insights  


CNM Training Solutions congratulates the 11th Annual ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference Speakers and Honourees

For nearly eight years, ADAO and CNM have been working together as partners in prevention proving that “Together change is possible.�

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The Center for Asbestos Related Disease pays tribute to the men and women who have so bravely battled this disease and to those who continue to work towards a brighter future for all!


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The The theme theme ‘Where ‘Where knowledge knowledge and and actions actions unite’ unite’ is is atat the the heart heart ofof the the global global campaign campaign toto prevent prevent exposure exposure The The theme theme ‘Where ‘Where knowledge knowledge and and actions actions unite’ unite’ is is atat the the heart heart ofof the the global global campaign campaign toto prevent prevent exposure exposure toto asbestos asbestos and and toto stop stop the the continued continued mining, mining, manufacture manufacture and and use use ofof asbestos asbestos materials. materials. toto asbestos asbestos and and toto stop stop the the continued continued mining, mining, manufacture manufacture and and use use ofof asbestos asbestos materials. materials. The The Asbestos Asbestos Safety Safety and and Eradication Eradication Agency Agency were were fortunate fortunate toto have have Linda Linda Reinstein Reinstein and and DrDr Richard Richard Lemen Lemen The The Asbestos Asbestos Safety Safety and and Eradication Eradication Agency Agency were were fortunate fortunate toto have have Linda Linda Reinstein Reinstein and and DrDr Richard Richard Lemen Lemen attend attend and and address address our our 1st1st international international Conference Conference onon Asbestos Asbestos Awareness Awareness and and Management Management in in November November attend attend and and address address our our 1st1st international international Conference Conference onon Asbestos Asbestos Awareness Awareness and and Management Management in in November November 2014 2014 in in Melbourne. Melbourne. 2014 2014 in in Melbourne. Melbourne. In In return, return, our our Chairman, Chairman, Geoff Geoff Fary Fary and and council council member, member, Barry Barry Robson Robson will will bebe attending attending and and speaking speaking atat In In return, return, our our Chairman, Chairman, Geoff Geoff Fary Fary and and council council member, member, Barry Barry Robson Robson will will bebe attending attending and and speaking speaking atat your your conference conference outlining outlining the the Australian Australian experience experience and and how how our our achievements achievements can can bebe used used internationally. internationally. your your conference conference outlining outlining the the Australian Australian experience experience and and how how our our achievements achievements can can bebe used used internationally. internationally. ItsIts clear clear now now that that ADAO ADAO and and ASEA ASEA stand stand together together in in raising raising awareness awareness about about the the dangers dangers ofof asbestos asbestos and and ItsIts clear clear now now that that ADAO ADAO and and ASEA ASEA stand stand together together in in raising raising awareness awareness about about the the dangers dangers ofof asbestos asbestos and and working working out out ways ways wewe can can ridrid this this scourge scourge from from our our communities. communities. working working out out ways ways wewe can can ridrid this this scourge scourge from from our our communities. communities. Australia Australia banned banned allall use use ofof chrysotile chrysotile asbestos asbestos asas Australia Australia banned banned allall use use ofof chrysotile chrysotile asbestos asbestos asas ofof 3131 December December 2003 2003 but but unfortunately unfortunately the the ofof 3131 December December 2003 2003 but but unfortunately unfortunately the the community community will will feel feel the the effect effect ofof this this deadly deadly community community will will feel feel the the effect effect ofof this this deadly deadly substance substance forfor many many decades decades toto come. come. Over Over the the substance substance forfor many many decades decades toto come. come. Over Over the the next next 2020 years, years, anan estimated estimated 30,000 30,000 toto 40,000 40,000 next next 2020 years, years, anan estimated estimated 30,000 30,000 toto 40,000 40,000 Australians Australians areare expected expected toto bebe diagnosed diagnosed with with anan Australians Australians areare expected expected toto bebe diagnosed diagnosed with with anan asbestos-related asbestos-related disease, disease, not not peaking peaking until until after after asbestos-related asbestos-related disease, disease, not not peaking peaking until until after after the the year year 2020. 2020. the the year year 2020. 2020. We We look look forward forward toto working working with with the the ADAO ADAO and and We We look look forward forward toto working working with with the the ADAO ADAO and and other other international international advocacy advocacy groups groups toto continue continue other other international international advocacy advocacy groups groups toto continue continue fighting fighting forfor a global a global ban ban onon asbestos. asbestos. fighting fighting forfor a global a global ban ban onon asbestos. asbestos. Peter Peter Tighe Tighe Peter Peter Tighe Tighe Chief Chief Executive Executive Officer Officer Chief Chief Executive Executive Officer Officer

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Blue Heron Films and ZeelTV would like to congratulate ADAO on eleven years of valiantly fighting for the rights of asbestos victims. By your continuing to educate the public about still-present dangers and offering comfort, information, and resources for patients and families of the newly diagnosed makes ADAO an invaluable community of support. By offering a conference that gives leading physicians and researchers a place to connect with each other, policy and consumer advocates, and victim’s families you become the holistic resource for the worldwide asbestos family. Congratulations to Linda Reinstein, Emily Reinstein, Doug Larkin, and Jordan Zevon for keeping the flame burning in the name of those you love and have lost. We are honored to participate in your journey by filming the conferences and producing your video messages. We are inspired and remain in awe of your determination to rid the world of this preventable disease. Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. (Margaret Mead)


In Appreciation  for  ADAO’s  

Shared Commitment  to  Protecting  the   Safety  of  Workers   In  solidarity,  

New York  Committee  for  Occupational  Safety  and  Health    

New York  City:     NYCOSH   61  Broadway  –  Suite  1710   New  York,  NY    10006     Long  Island:     NYCOSH   150  Motor  Parkway  –  Suite  306   Hauppauge,  NY    11788    

www.nycosh.org  


Safer Chemicals Healthy Families We are proud to have the Asbestos Disease Awareness Association apart of our robust coalition working to protect American families from toxic chemicals. Let's work together to prevent the next asbestos. It's time for Congress to pass real reform of our toxic chemical laws.

Sign up to join our campaign at www.saferchemicals.org. Interested in joining our coalition of 450 organizations and businesses? Email info@saferchemicals.org to get started.


The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health commends the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization for their outstanding work in protecting workers from exposure to asbestos on the job. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

STAND UP FOR WORKER HEALTH! To learn about the COSH Network visit: www.coshnetwork.org

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The Brazilian Asbestos Victims Association (ABREA) congratulates the Labour Public Ministry for being recognized with the 2015 ADAO Tribute of Inspiration Award!

We send our deepest gratitude for their tireless work to protect workers' safety and health of those who have and are exposed to asbestos, and salute their commitment to ban asbestos. -Your friends and partners at ABREA


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JAMES JAMESA. A.GROGAN GROGAN General GeneralPresident President

JAMES JAMESP.P.McCOURT McCOURT

General Secretary-Treasurer General Secretary-Treasurer

INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONALVICE VICEPRESIDENTS PRESIDENTS William Mahoney Kenneth Schneider Fred DeMartino Terry Lynch William Mahoney Kenneth Schneider Fred DeMartino Terry Lynch Doug Gamble Terry Larkin Greg Revard Mark Selby Vince Engel Doug Gamble Terry Larkin Greg Revard Mark Selby Vince Engel

INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Robert Hall Robert Hall

Eugene Leclerc Eugene Leclerc

Tom Haun Tom Haun

Affiliated with the AFL-CIO, Building and Construction Trades Department, AffiliatedMetal with Trades the AFL-CIO, Building and Construction Trades Department, Department and Canadian Labour Congress Metal Trades Department and Canadian Labour Congress


In honor of ADAO's leadership to raise awareness about asbestosrelated diseases and its commitment to prevent them

& In appreciation for awarding us the 2015 Tribute of Unity Award.

In solidarity, American Public Health Association


Congratulations to the French National Association for the Defense of Asbestos Victims (ANDEVA) for their “International Day of Asbestos Victims” publication. ANDEVA’S two-part book contains symposium presentations from “State of Science” to “State of the World.”

Download your free copy at http://www.andeva.fr


Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia is proud to be part of the 11th Annual International

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Conference         Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA) is a not-for profit organisation working to provide support to people living with asbestos related diseases, family members, carers and friends. ADFA is a community based group founded by Trade Unions, victims, families of victims, and concerned citizens to meet the needs of people affected by asbestos related disease and has a long history of being engaged in advocacy work within the Australian community. www.adfa.org.au


The TheAsbestos AsbestosDisease DiseaseAwareness AwarenessOrganization Organization isisthrilled thrilledto tolaunch launchour ournew newiPhone iPhonemobile mobileapp! app! w N Neew nnee o o h h P P ii !! A Apppp

The TheAsbestos AsbestosDisease DiseaseAwareness AwarenessOrganization Organizationisis thrilled thrilledto toshare shareour ouriPhone iPhonemobile mobileapp, app,which whichwill will better betterenables enablesus usto toconnect connectand andshare shareto toprevent prevent asbestos asbestosexposure exposureto toeliminate eliminateasbestos-caused asbestos-caused diseases. diseases.Special Specialthanks thanksto toHerman HermanHamilton Hamiltonfor forhis his leadership leadershipininthe thedevelopment developmentof ofour ourmobile mobileapp. app. www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org


cooking is love Keeping Families Together

– A Recipe for Life – Start with a loaf of HOPE Add a dash of RESILIENCE Season with a pinch of ENDURANCE To live with the challenges of an asbestos-related disease Sprinkle liberally with DETERMINATION And a handful of SPIRIT Cover with COURAGE And always serve on a bed of FAITH Nestled in a platter of LOVE * Poem courtesy of the Center for Asbestos Related Disease

To receive a copy of our new cookbook, please contact info@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org


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2015 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization International Asbestos Awareness Conference Program  

2015 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization International Asbestos Awareness Conference Program 11th Annual ADAO International Asbestos Awa...

2015 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization International Asbestos Awareness Conference Program  

2015 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization International Asbestos Awareness Conference Program 11th Annual ADAO International Asbestos Awa...

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