One of the most important aspects of my job as an asbestos attorney is listening to clients’ stories. Unfortunately, given the nature of the work, there are often moments when fond and seemingly innocuous memories are tainted by the realization that they may have been a point of exposure to deadly asbestos and the cause of a life-altering diagnosis years down the road.

Every September – Mesothelioma Awareness Month – we at Motley Rice join advocates throughout the country and around the world in raising awareness on the dangers of asbestos exposure. With thousands more lives lost due to deadly asbestos with each passing year, we all can only hope and do our part to demand that our nation’s leaders finally bring an end to this preventable loss and devastation by banning asbestos outright.

As we commemorate September 11, 2001, we are reminded of how our nation came together in response 19 years ago. All over the nation, and the world, people will come together again this year to honor those so brutally and suddenly lost. We remember the survivors and the mourning families. We remember and we honor the heroes who gave so much and continue to do so in furtherance of the legacies of September 11, 2001. There are many ways we honor 9/11 around our communities and across the nation, including volunteer projects, moments of silence, memorial runs or walks, stair climbs, as well as through kind acts or words of support and encouragement to grieving families of those in need.