WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Simmons Hanly Conroy, a national complex litigation firm and one of the country's leading mesothelioma law firms, is pleased to announce that it has renewed its platinum $100,000 sponsorship of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and its "Where Knowledge and Action Unite" 11th annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference to take place this weekend in Washington, D.C. The firm is the longest consecutive sponsor of the conference.
"The Asbestos Disease Organization is extremely grateful for the support of Simmons Hanly Conroy and its sponsorship of our annual asbestos awareness conference," said Linda Reinstein, mesothelioma widow and president of ADAO. "The dedicated and generous support of Simmons Hanly Conroy allows us to continue doing critical work to spread awareness about the dangers of asbestos, advocate for a global asbestos ban and support the community of asbestos disease victims."
The 11th annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, organized by ADAO, will take place this Friday through Sunday in Washington, D.C. at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. More than 35 experts and asbestos victims from ten countries will present the latest advancement in disease prevention, global advocacy and treatment options for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases.
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal and ovarian cancers, and other asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis and pleural plaques. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease. Despite the widely accepted dangers of asbestos exposure, the United States remains one of the few countries that have failed to fully ban the toxic substance.
"I've seen firsthand the devastating effects that a mesothelioma diagnosis has on a person and their family. What's unfair is that these are preventable diseases, but asbestos companies put profits over people and used it anyway, knowing the dangers," said Perry Browder, Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder and Chair of the Asbestos Department. "ADAO's work to prevent and eliminate asbestos-related diseases is critical. Simmons Hanly Conroy is honored to play a role in helping them achieve their mission."
The firm has a long-standing commitment to supporting those impacted by asbestos-related diseases, Browder said. Since 1999, the firm has donated over $20 million to cancer research, including millions of dollars to mesothelioma research institutions. This is the third year the firm has been a platinum sponsor of ADAO and its asbestos awareness conference.
The conference begins Friday with a tour of Washington, D.C. for patients and their families. Sessions begin Saturday morning and last throughout the day. Topics include personal stories by asbestos victims, medical updates on mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases from U.S. and international researchers, and sessions on prevention and awareness.
The day will end with an Awards and Recognition Dinner to honor advocates of asbestos victims, including firm client and ADAO volunteer Ellen Patton. The final conference event on Sunday morning is the Unity and Remembrance Brunch in memory of those who have passed away from asbestos-related diseases.
"Simmons Hanly Conroy is truly appreciated and respected throughout our ADAO community," Reinstein said. "Together change is possible."
To learn more about the conference, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.
About Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC
Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC is one of the nation's largest mass tort law firms and a leading voice for victims of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. The firm's attorneys have recovered more than $5 billion in verdicts and settlements for individuals in asbestos-related litigation, including the largest-ever U.S. verdict ($250 million) for a single plaintiff. The attorneys' passion for improving the lives of asbestos victims and their families extends to the firm's contributions to mesothelioma cancer research and ongoing support through initiatives including its annual Miles for Meso 5K race and fun run/walk. Offices are located in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Alton, Ill. Read more at www.simmonsfirm.com.
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