Posted on November 14, 2018
As we approach the close of 2018 — a rollercoaster of a year — I can’t help but look back at how far we’ve come when I read our 2018 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Year in Review. For nearly fifteen years, we have accomplished the unimaginable when it comes to asbestos education, advocacy, and community support. Time and time again, no matter the adversary before us, we’ve stood up and shared our stories — and we’re making a difference!
To better represent the important work Team ADAO has accomplished over the years, I’d like to share our new 2018 Impact Graphic, which showcases our progress and strengths in words, numbers, and graphics. I’m sharing this because I am proud of what we’ve done — and you should be too. We are who we are because of YOU. Our powerful and diverse community consists of asbestos victims, scientists, trade unions, public health advocates, donors, and sponsors, who have and continue to generously give time and dollars to fund ADAO’s education, advocacy, and community support efforts.
One important accomplishment not included on this graphic is how many cosponsors were gained on The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (ARBAN). Starting with Senator Merkley and seven strong senate co-sponsors, we now have 11 senate cosponsors and a bill in the House of Representatives, introduced by Representative Suzanne Bonamici, with 14 House cosponsors. If we continue to focus our collective energy on getting this lifesaving bill passed, our 2019 graphic could have an important new highlight: an exemption-free, federal ban on asbestos.
As you probably know, ADAO is an independent nonprofit, and we rely entirely on the generous donations from our supporters. This graphic shows just how far your dollars have gone and gives you a sense of where we’re headed. We’ve included a quick and secure donation form at the bottom of this blog if you’d like to take this opportunity to support our efforts and contribute to the ban asbestos movement.
We are gearing up for our 15th Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference on April 5 – 7, 2019 and first ever March for Justice and Remembrance. Together, we are making change happen and we are making it now. We encourage each of you to stand with us through the global asbestos struggle, share your story, and donate your time and dollars as you can to help end the deadly legacy of asbestos.
Special thanks to Jess Mattmuller who creatively put our accomplishments into this excellent graphic.