Posted on July 7, 2017
It was an honor to join over 150 Mesothelioma Warriors, trade unionists, medical experts, and at London Hazards Centre’s Action Mesothelioma Day on Friday, July 7th in the United Kingdom.
London Hazards was not alone in their advocacy – nearly 10 organizations throughout the UK participated in Action Mesothelioma Day. These organizations hosted successful events to raise awareness about mesothelioma and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease. Tragically, Great Britain has one of the highest per capita rates of mesothelioma in the world.
According to the Cancer Research UK, in 2014 there were:
- 2717 Mesothelioma cases
- 2567 Mesothelioma deaths
- 94% Mesothelioma cases were preventable
London Hazards’s London Action Mesothelioma Day event this year featured phenomenal speakers, including Alison Cook, Director of Policy at the British Lung Foundation (BLF); Dr. Peter Szlosarek, St Bart’s Hospital; Brendan Tully, US attorney; Bill Lawrence, Secretary of Construction Safety Campaign (CSC), Harminder Bains, Leigh Day of London, and others. ADAO’s presentation, “Asbestos: Spies, Lies, and Propaganda” brought attention to the latest challenges in our global efforts to ban asbestos. The daylong program, led by LHC Director Phillip Lewis also included a brief memorial and dove release to honor those lost to mesothelioma.
Throughout the many tandem events across the country, participants released doves and balloons as a poignant symbol of the countless individuals and families who have been affected by mesothelioma. Below is a list of just some of the educational and memorial events that took place throughout the United Kingdom.
Action Mesothelioma Day Events 2017
- Asbestos Awareness and Support across Wales
- Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group
- Hampshire Asbestos Support & Awareness Group
- London Hazards Centre
- Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support and Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group
- Mesothelioma UK
- Saltram House in memory of those affected by mesothelioma
- South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group
Thank you to all who joined ADAO in showing your support for the UK’s annual Action Mesothelioma Day by sharing information about the day with your social networks. Education leads to prevention. Special thanks to Phil Lewis, the dedicated London Hazards Centre’s team, and sponsors who made this day possible.
During the trip, I was also delighted to have the opportunity to reconnect with members of our global ADAO community – I even got to finally deliver Christine Winter’s well-deserved Alan Reinstein Award, which she was unable to pick up in-person at ADAOs’ 2016 Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference.
Together, we are making change happen – all over the world.