Event brings together asbestos-related disease community from around the World
ALTON – The Firm, a leading asbestos and mesothelioma litigation firm, is proud to join asbestos advocates and medical experts for the 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference slated for this weekend in Los Angeles, Calif. The firm is a platinum sponsor of the event.
“We are proud to support the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and its mission to prevent asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and community by our platinum sponsorship of the International Asbestos Awareness Conference,” said Chairman John Simmons. “Events like this are vital to educating the asbestos community so we can continue to spread awareness about how asbestos exposure is not a danger of the past, but has become a very real global health crisis.”
The event will feature national and international advocates who have dedicated their work to helping victims of asbestos-released diseases. Keynote speakers include International Journalist Matt Peacock who has spent over 25 years covering the asbestos industries in Australia, Canada and India. He will present on “India’s Toxic Trade” and how asbestos exposure is already causing thousands of Indians to become ill with asbestos-related diseases. The Sunday brunch will feature special guest and keynote speaker Barbara McQueen, wife of the late actor Steven McQueen, who will be honored posthumously with the Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute.
Featured medical faculty presenting on asbestos topics include Dr. Michael Harbut, presenting on the early signs of asbestos released diseases and what patients should tell their doctors; Dr. Richard Lemen, with an overview of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and Dr. Dan Sternman, presenting on novel treatments for malignant pleural mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers. In addition, two Simmons Hanly Conroy asbestos attorneys Jack Daugherty and Megan Datrice will also take part in a video legal panel Friday afternoon. The panel will later be posted on ADAO’s web site.
The Simmons Hanly Conroy has a long-standing commitment to support individuals and families impacted by asbestos-related diseases in and out of the courtroom. With this mission, the firm has pledged more than $15 million to cancer research, and has been a top cumulative donor to non-profits like the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and Miles for Meso 5K Races.