There are few people that are passionate leaders for change. These leaders see something that needs to be changed or a situation that needs to be exposed and they take their zeal and passion and make it happen. The mesothelioma community lost one of those leaders this month: Doug Larkin.
In 2004, he and Linda Reinstein co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Based on a personal loss of his father-in-law, he took his grief and turned it into positive advocacy. He hoped to prevent asbestos exposure and to someday eliminate all asbestos-caused diseases. ADAO was personal to Doug.
I had the pleasure of meeting Doug at an ADAO conference a couple of years ago. We were impressed with his passion and his eloquence. He was a force, and I remember being impressed with his dedication to banning asbestos. He has made a difference, and left this world a better place for being in it.
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