Mesothelioma Patient, Michael Bradley, Receives the 2014 ADAO Special Recognition of Valor Award
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February 5, 2013: “Asbestos Has Changed My Life” – Michael’s Story
Posted on February 1, 2014
Today, it was my great honor to present Michael Bradley with the 2014 Special Recognition of Valor Award, on behalf of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Michael will speak at ADAO’s 10th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 5, 2014 on the topic “Asbestos Has Changed My Life.”
Michael’s unrelenting bravery and courage during his mesothelioma battle is a true mark of valor.
At the age of only 29, Michael has made an extraordinary commitment to finding a cure for asbestos diseases and to banning asbestos. He is an inspiration to mesothelioma warriors and their families in the US and around the world. When Michael heard the mesothelioma diagnosis two years ago, he began sharing his story and never looked back. He set his course on change and I have seen his remarkable accomplishments.
With Sandy and David by his side, I presented Michael his award by phone. Michael shared words of wisdom for the Mesothelioma Warriors and a message to President Obama.
Dr. Richard Lemen, retired Assistant Surgeon General and ADAO Science Advisory Board co-chairman, wrote the following message:
“Michael, I want to tell personally how much opening up your life experiences relating to asbestos and mesothelioma means to the multitudes of asbestos-related disease victims and their families. Your life story will comfort those destined to follow in your path because of the indiscriminate use of asbestos. Since we have no cure for your disease nor have we eliminated the use of asbestos, the sharing of your experiences for other asbestos-related disease victims constitutes some of the best medicine they can receive because they know they are not alone. It takes a brave and courageous man to open up his life and to share as you have. We thank you and we will share your story with the dignity you have displayed in sharing with us what you face during this challenge.
I salute you and send you best wishes from all of us on the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Science Advisory Board who are working to eliminate the suffering and the devastation asbestos has brought our World. Your life, your love, your courage moves us much closer to our goal of preventing others from suffering as you are. Michael, thank you for being who you are and for showing all of us how life’s most difficult challenges can be faced with courage and dignity. Your experiences will make a difference.
With gratitude and love, Richard A. Lemen, Ph. D., MSPH, Assistant Surgeon General of the United States (Ret.)”
Our entire ADAO community applauds Michael and his tireless efforts to ban asbestos, find a cure, and offer support to others.