Vale Louise 'Lou' Williams 18 April 2017

The agency is saddened to hear the news that long time mesothelioma warrior and campaigner, Lou Williams passed away yesterday morning 18 April 2017.

Lou was a long surviving mesothelioma patient, being first diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2003 at the age of 48. Since then, she went through many rounds of treatment and receiving Keytruda for the past couple of years.

She was a strong fighter for those who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and their families, a voice for the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia, Australian National Director for the Global Ban Asbestos Network and also worked with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in the United States.

Lou was deeply involved with the agency from day one, participating wherever she could and attending our conferences in Melbourne in 2014 and Brisbane 2015 - unfortunately her health didn’t allow her to travel to Adelaide in 2016, sending a video of support instead.

Our condolences go to her husband Keith and her family. 

Lou Williams at the 2015 conference dinner with her husband Keith (right)