Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to Hold Press Conference Featuring Barbara Minty McQueen, Mesothelioma Widow of Steve McQueen


Barbara McQueen calls on President Obama and Congress to Immediately Ban Asbestos; United States Continues to Import Asbestos

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is hosting a press conference where Barbara Minty McQueen will discuss her late husband’s December 1979 mesothelioma diagnosis as well as the physical and emotional pain he endured as a result of trying to find treatment in the U.S. McQueen, author/photographer and former model, will unveil her new book “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile…Revisited,” which details her life with her husband, the late silver screen icon, Steve McQueen – including his battle with mesothelioma. In support of education, McQueen has dedicated a page to asbestos awareness in new book.

Linda Reinstein is a Mesothelioma Widow and the President/CEO and Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Reinstein will discuss the consumer, environmental, and occupational exposure in the United States as well as the public health threat associated with the continued importation of asbestos. Reinstein became an activist when her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. She co-founded the ADAO in 2004 and has been a strong political voice for justice in every major asbestos-related issue. Reinstein, a highly sought-after international speaker, has frequently served as a Congressional witness and presented at the Department of Labor (OSHA), British House of Commons, United Nations Congress, American Public Health Association, and to other audiences around the world. She has won many prestigious awards including the Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award (2011), from the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation; the highest level of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her 4,000 hours of volunteerism during her lifetime (2010); and the Heart and Soul Award in from the Manhattan Beach Women in Business Association (2005).




Press Conference - Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization




Wednesday, July 25, 2012


9:30 AM




National Press Club


529 14th Street, NW


13th Floor, Zenger Room


Washington, DC 20045




Known as cinema’s “King of Cool,” Steve McQueen was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1947 to 1950. McQueen contracted mesothelioma as a result multiple exposures from removing asbestos-filled insulation from the massive pipes in a ship’s hold while working in the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, as actor, and as a racing car enthusiast.


About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), co- founded by Linda Reinstein and Doug Larkin, asbestos victims and their families in 2004, seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to help ensure their rights are fairly represented and protected. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and deadly asbestos related diseases. ADAO is an independent organization funded through voluntary contributions, staffed by volunteers and is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit volunteer organization.


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