|[January 17, 2014]
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Applauds U.S. Senate for Passage of the Tenth Annual Resolution Establishing "National Asbestos Awareness Week" from April 1-7, 2014
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education,
advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims,
applauds the U.S. Senate passing of the tenth annual resolution
establishing April 1-7 as "National Asbestos Awareness Week." Senate
Resolution 336, led by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and cosponsors, passed
on January 16, 2014, designating a week dedicated to raising public
awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the
dangers of asbestos exposure.
"Senator Baucus' legacy of leadership as an advocate for asbestos
awareness and education is unmatched," stated Linda Reinstein, President
and Co-Founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. "This
resolution establishing the tenth annual 'National Asbestos Awareness
Week' is a fitting way for us to bid him farewell as he exits his
position as a beloved U.S. Senator for the State of Montana. As a
mesothelioma widow, I am forever indebted to him for playing such an
important role in shaping a new era of asbestos awareness and advocacy
for victims and their families."
Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and
it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen,
can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian
cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The
World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the
world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling
300 deaths per day.
"With the people of Libby in mind, I am honored to sponsor the Asbestos
Awareness Week resolution. Although we can't right the tragic wrong that
took place in Libby, Asbestos Awareness Week makes sure folks have the
resources and tools they need to keep the tragedy of Libby from
happening again," said Baucus, who was instrumental in urging the EPA to
declare its first ever public health emergency in Libby, Montana. "I'm
proud of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and folks across
Montana for the work they have done to raise awareness and fight for the
victims of asbestos exposure."
"On behalf of ADAO, I would also like to thank Senator Barbara Boxer
(D-CA (News - Alert)), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA),
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and Senator Jon
Tester (D-MT) for their support of Resolution 336," stated Ms.
Reinstein. "We are delighted by the bi-partisan support and rapid
passage of this resolution, so that we can again build a continuing
legacy of hope that is documented at this same time each year."
ADAO will hold its Tenth
Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 4 - 6,
2014, at the Crystal Gateway (News - Alert) Marriott in Arlington, VA. More than 30
renowned medical experts and asbestos victims from ten countries will
speak on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention,
treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, and
global ban asbestos advocacy.
About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by
asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest
non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and
concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy,
and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about
the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and
protect asbestos victims' civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.
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