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Alton Miles for Meso Raises $27,000 for Mesothelioma Research and Awareness

Posted on Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:58am

More than 800 people participated in the 6th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run, sponsored and hosted by Simmons Hanly Conroy. The event raised over $27,000 for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, a non-profit dedicated to securing a global ban of asbestos and providing support to victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Since 2009, the Alton race has raised $150,000 for mesothelioma research and support programs. The money is raised through a combination of registration fees, personal donations and sponsorships.

The Alton race was just one of three Miles for Meso races that took place during September for National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  Nearly 300 people attended the Bruce A. Waite 5K Race in Ontario, Ohio on Sept. 20 and over 300 people attended the John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8K on Sept. 14. Both races benefited the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a national charity focused on peer-reviewed research and patient support programming.   

Together, all three September Miles for Meso races raised over $50,000 for mesothelioma cancer and awareness. Miles for Meso events around the country have cumulatively raised over $400,000.

During the race, Linda Reinstein, President and CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, talked about the importance of Mesothelioma Awareness Day for patients and families.

“More than 10,000 Americans die each year from preventable asbestos-caused disease,” Reinstein said. “While promising mesothelioma research continues, prevention remains the only cure. Events like Miles for Meso increase awareness that asbestos remains legal and lethal in the USA today. ADAO sincerely thanks Simmons Hanly Conroy for their continued support of protecting asbestos victims’ civil rights and public health. For each life lost to asbestos-related diseases, a shattered family is left behind.” 

Michael Jordan of Evansville, Indiana, won first place overall in the men’s category. He completed the 5K in 15:15. First place overall in the women’s division went to Jackie Pirtle-Hall of St. Charles, Missouri, with a time of 17:26. Over $2,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the top five overall men and women finishers. Miles for Meso custom medals were awarded to the top three finishers in 5-year age groups.

The Alton event included an activity area for children and a dog adoption event hosted by Hope Rescues, along with free food and drinks for runners, walkers, supporters and their families. The event also featured an acoustic performance from singer-songwriter Jordan Zevon.  ADAO spokesperson Jordan is the son of musician Warren Zevon, who died of mesothelioma in 2003.

To see race results for all 2014 Miles for Meso races, click here >>>




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