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Miles for Meso races raise more than $55,000 for Meso Research

Posted on Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:06am

Three Miles for Meso races, presented by the Simmons Law Firm, raised more than $55,000 for mesothelioma research over the weekend in Illinois, Virginia and New York. The money, a combination of registration fees, sponsorships and T-shirt sales, will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a national non-profit dedicated to funding peer-reviewed research and patient support services for peopled diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Family Fun Run raised $25,000 on Saturday and was hosted by the Simmons Law Firm at their new national headquarters in historic, downtown Alton. More than 600 people attended the race, which featured the new elite registration category this year.

With a $6,200 purse of cash prizes, the Alton race attracted more than 40 professional runners from throughout the nation. Julius Koskei, of Kentucky, originally from Kenya, took first place in the Men’s Elite Division with a time of 13:48. Stephanie Pezzullo, who had finished 4th place in the National 5K Championship in Rhode Island, last week, took first place in the Women’s Division with a time of 16:05.

Both runners said they hoped to return in 2012, and that they liked the course’s challenging features including the brick streets and rolling hills. “I didn’t know if I was going to make it (today), Pezzullo told the Alton Telegraph after the race. “I prayed every step of the way that I’d make it.”

The second annual John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8K Race and Family Fun Run raised over $20,000 for the Meso Foundation, according to their Facebook page. Congratulations to Sarah Pavlick and her family for all the hard work they’ve done in organizing their second race. That’s an increase of nearly $5,000 from last year’s fundraising total.

“Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, donated and sponsored our event,” the Pavlick family posted on their Facebook page yesterday. “It is bittersweet to see John’s name on T-shirts and race bibs…We will continue to support the Meso Foundation in their fight to ban asbestos, raise funds for research and support patients and their families.”

The inaugural New Paltz Miles for Meso 5K Race raised nearly $11,000 for the Meso Foundation this past Saturday. They had a great turnout of 89 participants who walked and ran in honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day along the WaKill Rail Trail in New Paltz, New York.

Race results for all three races are available on the Miles for Meso Race Results Page.

Thanks to everyone who participated in a Miles for Meso race on Saturday, we are 2,120 miles closer to finding improved treatment options for mesothelioma patients, and hopefully, someday a cure.

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