Musician Warren Zevon’s son to host ADAO fundraiser dedicated to his father, mesothelioma awareness

6 Jul 2016 by under Events

Warren Zevon 1978 press photo 100x100 Musician Warren Zevons son to host ADAO fundraiser dedicated to his father, mesothelioma awarenessWarren Zevon, the award-winning singer-songwriter known for such hits including “Werewolves of London” and “Guns and Money,” was a legend in his own right, not only because of his rock-n-roll past, but because he took control of his health by quitting smoking and drinking after becoming a father. Zevon’s son, Jordan, has since grown to an award-winning musician himself, as well as a spokesman for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (). Why did he choose to become an advocate for ADAO? His rock star father passed away from pleural mesothelioma in 2003.

In an interview published by “LA Weekly,” Jordan describes all of the misinformation made public about mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases, as well as how this leads to more deaths. Each year, approximately 3,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with mesothelioma – a rare cancer brought about by asbestos exposure. Between the 1940s and 1970s, asbestos was utilized frequently in building materials such as floor tiles, shingles and ceiling plaster for fire protection, and in insulation. While stable, asbestos technically does not pose a health risk, but if deteriorated or tampered with, such during a renovation, asbestos becomes airborne and microscopic particles can be inhaled or ingested.

Jordan warns that many people are unaware that it may only take one asbestos fiber entering your lungs that may cause you an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma. Even musicians such as Jordan’s father are at risk of being exposed to asbestos due to the wide range of asbestos-laden products and construction materials that may be present at music venues.

“We’re not trying to scare anybody; we’re just trying to get it banned,” told the LA Weekly during his interview about asbestos and its role in his father’s death. “It takes so long to gestate and it’s so hard to fight.”

In order to raise awareness of asbestos-related diseases, the Mr. Musichead Gallery will be hosting a Warren Zevon tribute night and ADAO fundraiser on July 7 in Hollywood, Calif. The event will feature an exhibition of George Gruel’s photos, a book signing and talk, an auction of Zevon memorabilia benefiting ADAO, and live performance by Jordan Zevon and members of Warren’s 1982 touring band with special guests. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to ADAO.

Source: LA Weekly

 

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