The above picture is of Heather and myself who will be both attending this conference.
Sadly our brave and young warrior Janelle lost her battle with mesothelioma. She was a true fighter to the end and dearly loved by all. Her father will attending the conference to receive her well deserved award. Janelle was an inspiration to all - her courage and determination to make a difference will never be forgotten. We love you beautiful angel - sleep in peace.
When ADAO contacted me last year (2013) and asked if I would accept this award - I was just so humbled by being asked to accept an award! I thought to myself 'Why should I be singled out to accept an award when there are so many other warriors who are more deserving than myself!
It truly is an honour to accept this award on behalf of all other brave and beautiful warriors who are not able to have a voice anymore, and one of those warriors was my dear father who lost his life in 1985 to mesothelioma.
The fight continues to ban asbestos on a global scale. America still has not banned asbestos! We still have a long fight ahead of us for a worldwide ban on eradicating asbestos. Small steps like coming together in unity such as this 10th annual ADAO's asbestos conference goes a long way in promoting unity, awareness, education and support for each other to join forces and march onwards until asbestos is banned/eradicated entirely from the world!