Posted on September 9, 2014John, NM

We have been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a bond of community. As a testament to the strength of our global family, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is highlighting the courageous stories of our members with the “Share Your Story” feature on our website.

This week, we would like to honor the story of John, as shared by one of his family members, Charles Perea, who is a part of our ADAO family.

We encourage you to submit your personal stories by clicking here and following the simple instructions on the page. In sharing, comes healing. Remember, you are not alone.

“Ensuring Future Generations Are No Longer Ignorant About Asbestos” – John’s Story

Name: John

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Date of Birth: 24-FEB-1932

Date of Diagnosis: 20-OCT-1987

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Death: 06-APR-2001

How has asbestos changed your life? 

I started a non-profit 501(c)3 Johnny O. Perea Foundation for Asbestos Education & Relief. We are educating residents and children to prevent exposures that lead to many cancers. Through public education we intend to ensure future generations are no longer ignorant about asbestos. We teach EPA/OSHA/WHO/CDC/DOH information based on the facts.

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