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7th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference Connects Many

Knowledge is stronger than asbestos! The phrase is proudly displayed on the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s webpage for the 2011 Asbestos Awareness Conference. ADAO is a major organizer of the three-day event held in Atlanta, Georgia, and this year they brought a vast collection of esteemed individuals together to raise awareness for asbestos-related diseases. The event lasted from April 1st to the 3rd.

This year, the Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” memorial tribute was awarded posthumously to Ron Cyrus. Ron was a longtime labor leader, and legislator in the state of Kentucky. He was also the father of the renowned musician Billy Ray Cyrus, and the grandfather of pop-icon Miley Cyrus.

“Like Mr. Cyrus, my father passed away from asbestos-related mesothelioma cancer, and it is with him in mind that we honor Mr. Cyrus’s legacy as a passionate public servant, dedicated advocate, and loving family man,” said Jordan Zevon.

Jordan is the national spokesperson for the ADAO, and also the son of musician Warren Zevon – who tragically passed away from mesothelioma in 2003. Jordan was in attendance at the conference, and spoke on Sunday, April 3rd.

Other key speakers of the event included: Sugio Furuya of the Asian Ban Asbestos Network in Japan; Julie Gundlach, a mesothelioma patient and asbestos ban advocate, Brent Kynoch of the Environmental Information Association, and Fernanda Giannasi of ABREA (working to ban asbestos use in Brazil). The assortment of speakers is just a small indication of how vast the asbestos problem truly is.

Law firms are busy fighting the asbestos problem on the legal end by helping people suffering from asbestos-related diseases receive monetary compensation. One great firm that has been helping people for over twenty years is Weitz & Luxenberg. Weitz & Luxenberg does more than just provide excellent representation, on their website (www.weitzlux.com), they write thoroughly about the history of the issue, treatment options, top doctors, legal rights, and other information for people with asbestos-related diseases. Like the ADAO says, Knowledge is stronger than asbestos, and the more information that is readily available to the public on the asbestos issue, the better.

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