Walk for raising awareness about asbestos exposure hazards to be held in May

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Steps for Life Walk 2015 will be held in May to raise awareness about the hazards of asbestos exposure.

Ron Garland was first exposed to asbestos while working in the Halifaxship yards as a teen. He was also repeatedly exposed to asbestos over his 40 year career as an electrician. On June 15, 2011, the devastating diagnosis was confirmed: mesothelioma. Ron died 6 months later.

Mesothelioma, and other occupational diseases resulting from exposure to harmful substances, are preventable.

Ron’s daughter, Charmaine Salter, along with family and friends, will be walking in honor of her dad, on team “Strumming Along with Ron”, in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

“I feel that by sharing dad’s story, I’m raising awareness about the hazards of asbestos exposure. I’m also helping to promote workplace safety so that other families don’t have to go through what we’ve been through,”Charmaine says.

The walk, Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy, will be held on the weekend of May 2/3. It is time to register to walk in Steps for Life in your community, and show support for Canadian families affected by workplace tragedy by raising funds for Threads of Life’s family support programs and services.

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