Each day of 2016, and every year since our 2004 founding, ADAO worked to raise asbestos awareness, protect asbestos victims' civil rights, and push toward a federal ban of this known killer. All of this was fueled by the ongoing donations and support of the generous ADAO community, and we thank you so, so much.
Together with you, we plan to achieve even greater accomplishments in the year ahead. Here are a few highlights on the horizon for 2017:
The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016: This act, introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer, would ban asbestos within 18 months. Canada's recent asbestos ban puts pressure on the U.S. to follow suit. ADAO looks forward to educating Congress about how this bill can protect North America from the scourge of asbestos.
Restitution Award Awareness Project: ADAO was granted a significant award stemming from an asbestos lawsuit in Washington State. We're excited in 2017 use the restitution funds to develop and launch a new awareness campaign, in partnership with the Spokane Region Clean Air Agency.
In 2016, we saw incredible impact of our community's dedicated efforts to the anti-asbestos movement. If you're reading this, you've been part of this progress. ADAO vows to continue leading the charge for an asbestos-free America and globe in 2017 and beyond, and we're so glad grateful to have you on our team.
We're thrilled to announcing the launch of our shiny new conference website! In addition to conference registration, you'll find the full agenda, details about exciting new conference events like, and bios for our phenomenal speakers and honorees.
Thank you for helping us continue the longstanding and powerful Mesothelioma Warrior Candle Lighting tradition.
May the flames of hope, courage, and community continue to burn brightly in our hearts forever.
Sharing stories has always been a cornerstone of the ADAO community. Our stories connect us to one another, bring us strength, and help us enlighten and educate the public. ADAO is so proud to provide a platform for asbestos victims and their families to tell their personal stories; our collection to date is over 200 stories strong. Each story inspires and makes a difference.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is an independent global organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy, and community. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org