ALTON, Illinois – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest asbestos firms, is proud to announce the renewal of its annual $100,000 platinum sponsorship of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). This sponsorship also supports the ADAO’s 15th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference, which takes place this weekend, April 5-7, in Washington, D.C. The firm is the longest consecutive sponsor of the conference and has been a platinum sponsor for the past eight years.
“Once again, we stand behind the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and its mission to ban asbestos and advocate for those whose lives are forever changed because of preventable asbestos exposure,” said Chairman John Simmons.
ADAO is a global leader in combining education, advocacy, and community initiatives to prevent and end asbestos exposure. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights.
This year’s conference, which is the only conference in the United States dedicated solely to preventing exposure and eliminating asbestos-caused diseases, will feature a theme titled “Where Knowledge and Action Unite.” It will include the following influencers:
- David Michaels, epidemiologist and former United States Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
- David McCumber, an award-winning journalist and editor of the Montana Standard who co-authored the book An Air that Kills: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana Uncovered a National Scandal
- Jordan Zevon, award-winning musician and ADAO national spokesperson
On Saturday, five academic sessions will focus on the latest medical and prevention information from around the world.
- Session 1 – Progress and Challenges from the Frontline
- Session 2 – Medical Advancements: Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma and Asbestos-Related Diseases
- Session 3 – Prevention: What is it? Where is it? What do I do?
- Session 4 – Advocacy: Global Ban Asbestos Action
- Session 5 – Art and Advocacy
In addition, a new event was added this year. On Friday, ADAO will host its first March for Justice and Remembrance from near the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol. The march, as well as the entire conference, is open to victims, scientists, health and safety professionals, the medical community, and health and environmental activists.
For anyone who cannot attend, conference events will be streamed live starting on Saturday.
Simmons Hanly Conroy is a leading voice for victims of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure and has a long-standing commitment to supporting those impacted by asbestos-related diseases. Since 1999, the firm has donated more than $20 million to cancer research, including millions of dollars to mesothelioma research institutions. The firm’s support for the cause also includes its annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 3K Fun Run/Walk and other Miles for Meso races that have raised more than $650,000 dollars nationwide since 2009.