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 Melissa Haylock (1963 – 2008)

“I had mesothelioma as a result of childhood exposure to asbestos. When I brought my situation to AVA, including my fears about who would look after my kids if I die (my husband is a shift worker), AVA organised a media campaign, put my situation on the front page of the Advertiser and got the laws changed in this state to provide me some peace of mind on the very issue that was worrying me so much!


Colin Arthur (1936 – 2007)

“When I was diagnosed I had nowhere to go in South Australia. I founded AVA with my wife and ran it from our house for the first 12 months. I’m really proud of how AVA has grown and the way in which it has helped so many South Australians.” 




Belinda Dunn (1967 – 2013)    

“I was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 29. I contracted the illness as a result of exposure as a child when my dad was renovating our home. I cannot count the numerous ways AVA has been of assistance to my family. Anyone whose family has been touched by this terrible illness should consider an active involvement in AVA.”