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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Praises Senator Markey for Introducing the Twelfth Annual Resolution Establishing “National Asbestos Awareness Week”
2016 Asbestos Awareness Week Gains National MomentumWashington, D.C. – February 25, 2016 – The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the leading U.S. organization serving as the voice of asbestos victims which combines education, advocacy and community, today applauds Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and cosponsors for once again introducing the Senate Resolution designating the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week” that seeks to “raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure.”
“Asbestos awareness saves dollars and lives. On behalf of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, I would like to thank Senator Markey and Co-Sponsors Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Harry Reid (D-NV), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jon Tester (D-MT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for their leadership and commitment to raising asbestos awareness,” said Linda Reinstein, President and Co-Founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. “We are extremely pleased to have bipartisan support for the 12th ‘National Asbestos Awareness Week’ Resolution as we continue our concerted efforts to educate the public on the dangers. Most Americans can’t identify asbestos or manage the risk during associated during repairs, renovation, construction, or disasters.” Reinstein said, “Since 1900, the U.S. has consumed 31 million metric tons of asbestos, which is responsible for one of the largest man-made disasters. Each year, up to 15,000 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases. While promising research continues, prevention remains the only cure for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases.”
“The devastating and long-lasting effects of asbestos exposure continue to impact American families,” said Senator Edward Markey (D-MA). “We must never lose sight of the on-going problem that asbestos presents as long as it is present in our environment. This resolution ensures that awareness remains high about asbestos-related diseases and that efforts continue for prevention, detection and treatment.”
ADAO will hold its 12th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” April 8 – 10, 2016 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Global experts will speak on the latest advancements in asbestos disease prevention, treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases, prevention, and global asbestos ban 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.
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)