Posted on July 10, 2014

We have been touched by asbestos in individual ways, yet we are joined together by a bond of community. As a testament to the strength of our global family, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is highlighting the courageous stories of our members with the “Share Your Story” feature on our website.

This week, we would like to honor the story of Donald, as shared by his daughter Carrie, who is a part of our ADAO family.

We encourage you to submit your personal stories by clicking here and following the simple instructions on the page. In sharing, comes healing. Remember, you are not alone.

McNamara, Don

“Courage and Strength” – Donald’s Story

Name: Donald

Location: Iowa, US

Date of Birth: 28-FEB-1951

Diagnosis: Mesothelioma

Date of Diagnosis: 25-JAN-2012

Date of Death: 19-JUL-2012

How has asbestos changed your life? (updated April 17, 2017)

Courage is joining the United States Marine Corp at 18 years old for fight for Our Country, Courage is not knowing the risk while in the service. My father was a mechanic in the Marine Corp & is one of the 1st known exposures to asbestos that we know of. After his time in the Marines he hauled asbestos from Chicago to Iowa.

Courage is being told you have 6 months to live & be strong enough to show us what it is to fight, love & try & hold our family together.

This is why myself & my family will fight to BAN ASBESTOS, nobody should have to endure the pain & suffering from something we all know is harmful to our parents, children, siblings & friends.

My Dad was the rock of our family, he lost out on seeing his children get married, his grandchildren grow up & retiring with our Mother.

Please learn about the horrible things asbestos does to our people & help us BAN ASBESTOS once & for all.

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