Posted on July 23, 2015
As a resident of Ambler, PA and a mesothelioma widow, I know how important preventing asbestos exposure is to saving lives. I lost the love of my life, Joe, to mesothelioma in 2003 when he was only 53. Our children were then 8 and 10.
I love Ambler. Therefore, I’m determined to help my community overcome the asbestos risk left behind after decades of asbestos manufacturing.
For this reason, I am working with ADAO to coordinate the Ambler Asbestos Educational Program, “Asbestos: Be Safe. Be Smart.”
First Presbyterian Church of Ambler
August 17, 2015
7:00 – 8:30PM
This free educational event will give Ambler area residents an evening of access to experts who will share the tools we all need to prevent asbestos exposure and disease, whether at home, at work or in the community.
Topics & Presenters:
- Opening – Marilyn Amento, Ambler Resident, Mesothelioma Widow, ADAO Volunteer
- Where is Asbestos? What Do You Do With It? – Brent Kynoch, Managing Director of Environmental Information Association (EIA)
- Diagnosing and Treating Asbestos-Related Diseases – Keith Cengel, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncologist, Penn Mesothelioma and Pleural Program
- Prevention: Where Knowledge Meets Action – Linda Reinstein, President/CEO & Co-Founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), Mesothelioma Widow
- What’s Happening in Ambler – Citizens for a Better Ambler
Our homey community of Ambler, PA is a heartbreaking example of the devastating long-term effects asbestos can have on the population. Over the last century, Ambler, once considered the “Asbestos Capital of the World”, was home to several asbestos factories that manufactured asbestos products including roofing shingles, siding, and cement pipe. Products damaged during the manufacturing process were piled and crushed by bulldozers to form asbestos waste piles referred to as the “White Mountains” of Ambler. Not only would children play on the then unfenced piles, but the asbestos dust from the factories blew with the wind like snow all around the community. Asbestos knows no borders.
Only in recent decades has the EPA attempted to “clean up” Amber’s toxic waste by covering the asbestos dumps. Though asbestos is still present in our community in the form of vacant parcels and demolished factories, I know that the community of Ambler can be a nationwide example of proactively managing asbestos risk and preventing asbestos exposure through education and action.
Please join us on August 17 to learn more about asbestos, where it is, what you should do with it, and how you can monitor your health. As ADAO always says, “Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.”
Marilyn Amento, ADAO State Leadership Team (SLT) Coordinator, Northeastern Region