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ADAO's March 29 Conference Unites Survivors, Families and Physicians
Date:3/14/2008

DETROIT, March 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Linda Reinstein of Redondo Beach, California, had no idea that she would help lead a global mission to enhance awareness and stop the production of one of the deadliest carcinogen's that took her husband's life in 2006 -- asbestos. Reinstein is executive director and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), a nonprofit, volunteer-run international organization that serves as a voice for all asbestos victims and their families.

On Saturday, March 29, Reinstein will be joined by several world renowned experts to present ADAO's 4th annual Asbestos Awareness Day Conference, which will be held at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan. The conference is part of ADAO's continuing efforts to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos, ban its use and encourage research efforts to improve treatment options. The international conference is a collaborative partnership of ADAO, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat. It officially kicks off Asbestos Awareness Week.

Reinstein experienced first-hand the devastating effects of asbestos related-diseases and the toll it takes on families. Her husband Alan Reinstein, former ADAO president, lost his three-year battle with mesothelioma; an incurable cancer caused from inhaling asbestos fibers. Diagnosed when he was 63 years of age, he was exposed to asbestos 50 years earlier through occupational exposure and home repairs.

"Alan courageously fought his battle with mesothelioma," said Reinstein. "He never complained about his surgeries or treatments, even after having his lung removed. He drew strength from his will to live and the love of family and friends. He was and still is an inspiration to all those impacted by asbestos-related diseases."

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