Archive for May, 2013

A Vote For Emily Helps ADAO & Remembers Larry

Salt Lake City, UT – My cousin and Larry’s niece, Emily Bleyl, has been selected as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch! It’s quite an honor. And isn’t it wonderful when you are recognized as a standout in your work, but also when it can benefit others? Well, that’s exactly what Emma is helping to do …

The Utah Business Magazine is running a list of profiles on their Facebook page of the top women in varying emmaprofessions. My cousin, Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, is dedicated to helping professionals in her field grow, as well as the people around her and in helping carry on my father’s legacy by warning others of the effects of asbestos.

UBM has offered the winner $1000 to the charity of her choice and a $15,000 ad campaign to boot! Emily has selected the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization as her charity and I’m hoping you will vote for her from now until May 17th!

You can vote once every 24 hours by going to her page ( ) and “Like” both advertisements. Her photo should appear and you will see five stars to the right of the image. Click on the stars and you will have voted! Please share around and drum up more support.

Best of luck to you Emily! Thank you for remembering my father, Larry Davis, and continuing his work of advocating for others. xoxo ~Courtney


Asbestos Cancer Victims Rights Campaign:

My father is the feature story @ stolenfate2




As an avid runner, Florida resident Larry Davis was on top of his health. Having lost his father rather early in life due to smoking, Larry made it a point to take care of himself. He maintained a well-balanced diet throughout the years and ran 5K races regularly, a habit he developed in his early thirties. Despite his healthy lifestyle, Larry was diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 61.

Larry’s father worked at a paper company for 38 years. He remembered his dad coming home covered in a flaky residue, never thinking the innocuous looking particle would eventually become his enemy. He later found out it was asbestos, which has come to be known as the silent killer. “I was exposed from the time I was baby,” he said during a 2011 interview. It was a reality that sadly many other victims end up facing––a fate that was decided for them before they even had a say.

Like most of today’s population, Larry didn’t know about the dangers of asbestos until after he became a victim. He immediately began chemotherapy, losing almost 60 pounds in the first month. He underwent 5 surgeries and nearly died from multiple infections due to needing an ostomy bag for a year. There was even a six-month period where he waited for a surgery incision just to heal.

In the end, Larry came out on top.

READ THE REST HERE … and please check out the information regarding the proposed Asbestos FACT ACT legislation

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