Posted on September 26, 2022

With respect and sadness, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) would like to share our 2022 Mesothelioma Warrior Memorial Video. This year, we have nearly 300 dedications, reflecting the power of unity, community, and courage. The stories told from mesothelioma patients, their families, and loved ones humble us, break our hearts, and still give us hope. These stories of bravery also motivates us to further push for a complete ban, without any loopholes or extensions, on asbestos, the toxic fiber that continues to cause so much destruction.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer. It is caused by inhaling asbestos, which becomes lodged in the lining of the lungs and can lead to malignant tumors in the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Mesothelioma is rare and difficult to treat, as there is not yet a cure. 

As we join together for Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26th to raise awareness and take action, we remember and honor those who have lost their lives to mesothelioma. Our video represents people of all ages and backgrounds who are impacted by mesothelioma each year from around the world. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Mesothelioma Warrior Memorial Video, and we want to especially thank ADAO National Spokesperson, Jordan Zevon, for allowing us to feature Warren Zevon’s Grammy-winning song “Keep Me in Your Heart”. Sadly, Warren passed away from mesothelioma in 2003 and wrote this beautiful award-winning song about his experience with the asbestos-caused cancer.

Joined by a common bond and shared goal, the Mesothelioma Warrior community epitomizes the old Chinese proverb, “Out of the hottest fire comes the strongest steel.” Together, we are galvanized to end the asbestos man-made disaster. Even after the sun sets on September 26th, our commitment and our work on behalf of Mesothelioma Warriors will continue. Mesothelioma Awareness is more than a day on the calendar for us — it is part of ADAO’s daily mission to end the heartbreaking effects of mesothelioma and asbestos.

While promising research continues, prevention remains the only cure. 

In honor and remembrance, in unity always,

Linda Reinstein
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