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From Canada to Brazil, May was a busy month for ADAO -- it was filled with global asbestos education, advocacy, and community events.

Early in the month, we participated in the first Canadian National Asbestos Strategy Meeting with more than 50 key stakeholders gathered to advance national and international ban asbestos efforts.

While in Canada, we also attended and presented at the 14th International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMiG) Conference, a convening with global delegates to discuss best practices around treatment for mesothelioma. During ADAO's session, "Mesothelioma Advocacy in the 21st Century," we shared results from our patient and physician advocacy surveys and discussed how we've used storytelling to advance our work.

In mid-May, asbestos experts and victims gathered in Brazil for the powerful II International Asbestos Seminar to discuss asbestos awareness, prevention, ban implementation, and the latest research in asbestos-related topics. Over four days, information was exchanged from around the world throughout nearly twenty sessions.

Back in April, we filmed each and every illuminating presentation and event at our 14th International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference. Team ADAO worked around the clock all month to get these videos available online - take a minute to check out all of the latest content available to you here at ADAO's extensive YouTube video library. Save the date! Join us for ADAO's 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference will take place April 5 - 7, 2019 in Washington, D.C.!

The 51st Worldfest International Film Festival awarded Chocolate Moose Media and ADAO a Silver Remi Award  for our PSA video, "Asbestos Kills," which captures the tragic reality about deadly asbestos and was translated into six languages

The legacy of Jock McCulloch, who passionately fought for truth and justice, continues to circle the globe. We also join together as we remember Janelle and Debbie.

Be heard. We did it! More than 12,000 people have signed the petition to the EPA urging them to ban asbestos now without exemptions. Sign today -- to help us reach our new goal of 20,000. ADAO is increasing grassroots efforts to ban asbestos and protect asbestos victims' civil rights. Our June eNewsletter includes two excellent articles about asbestos in schools and a prison -- which confirms the need for the EPA to stop imports and ban asbestos.

July is set up to be a powerhouse month. ADAO is delighted to join UK Warriors, allies and colleagues for Action Mesothelioma Day on July 6th again.

Save the date for the 10th Annual Miles for Meso in Alton, IL. Learn more about the race and meet our team captains too.

Linda Reinstein, Social Networks
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Patrick J. Morrison,

14th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference April 13-15, 2018

Thank you to our Sponsors, Donors, Speakers, the Blue Heron Media team, and many others that made the presentation of these videos possible! 


The EPA Turns a Blind Eye on Deadly Asbestos Legacy in Homes, Schools, Workplaces, and Our Environment

Industry's FAIR, FACT, and PROTECT Asbestos Victims Legislation were Written to Deny Asbestos Victims Justice


Congratulations on Exceeding 12,000 Signatures for the Ban Asbestos Petition. Time to Multiply Our Effort!  



Remembering the Legacy of Jock McCulloch, Who Passionately Fought for Truth and Justice



June 2018: Men's Health/Cancer Awareness Month

June 2018:  Health and Safety Week  in the United Kingdom

June 5, 2018:  UN World Environment Day

June 6, 2018: Janelle Bedel's Wonder Woman Day in Rushville, IN

June 19-21, 2018:  SHExpo in London, United Kingdom

July 6, 2018: Mesothelioma Action Day in the United Kingdom

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