April 16, 2010
Center for Asbestos Related Disease (CARD)
CARD was honored with the 2010 Tribute of Unity Award by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) at the Sixth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference held April 9 through 11 in Chicago.
CARD was recognized for its work, not only in the community of Libby and the surrounding area, but also for working with patients, asbestos medical providers, and asbestos health researchers across the United States and internationally. Dr. Black, his staff and CARD’s Board of Directors were especially honored for the clinic’s provision of leadership in organizing research, patient and community education, and providing psychosocial services for those individuals and families in need. CARD is renowned for its unified approach to treatment, and for the education of the national asbestos community as there are advances in understanding disease development, diagnosis and treatment options.
CARD currently has approximately 3,000 patients, with 20 to 25 new patients per month. The clinic estimates that new patients will continue to register through 2030, as an estimated 80,000 people were exposed to asbestos in the Libby area between 1920 and 1990. In addition, asbestos exposure from shipments, the processing and commercial use of Libby amphibole asbestos, and the use of many other types of asbestos in the United States has created a nationwide health concern.
Dr. Brad Black, CARD Medical Director, Kimberly Rowse, CARD Clinical Coordinator, and Tanis Hernandez, CARD Outreach Coordinator accepted the award on behalf of the entire CARD team, as they were also asked to present at the conference. The Tribute of Unity Award was presented by Dr. Richard Lemen, co–chair of ADAO’s Science Advisory Committee. Dr. Lemen has recently been appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health, and is a former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States. In his role as Lincoln County Health Officer, Dr. Black became dedicated to developing the healthcare infrastructure necessary for asbestos–related disease healthcare, which included the planning and implementation of the original EPA/ATSDR screening program, and the development of CARD.
- Serve as the united voice for all asbestos victims
- Unite asbestos victims and educate the public and medical community about asbestos related diseases
- Support research that leads to early detection, prevention and a cure
- Ensure equitable compensation for victims and their families
- Ban the use of asbestos.
CARD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit medical organization dedicated to providing screening, disease diagnosis, tracking, research, consultation, education, patient advocacy and specialty care to those who have acquired asbestos–related disease, or are at risk to disease development due to exposure. For further information, phone CARD at 406.293.9274, or visit CARD’s website at www.libbyasbestos.org.
For more information:
406.293.9274 EX 144