Miles for Meso is a Mesothelioma Awareness Day race and fun run/walk dedicated to building awareness and funding research.

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If you have a question about the Miles for Meso race or a question about mesothelioma and cannot find what you are looking for on the Miles for Meso Web site, please contact us directly.

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WHAT IS MILES FOR MESO?

Miles for Meso is an initiative of the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation, which works to provide funding for mesothelioma research and awareness. Miles for Meso races are held throughout the country to build awareness about mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos, and to raise money for mesothelioma research.

WHEN IS THE RACE?

The next upcoming race will be held on September 27, 2014 in Alton, Illinois. Other races are taking place in September in Virginia and Ohio. The Washington Memorial Miles for Meso is on July 4 in Federal Way, Wash.

WHERE IS THE RACE?

There have been races to date in Illinois, Washington, Missouri, Indiana, Virginia and Florida. More race locations are being added. Information about specific upcoming races is available on this website.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?

Standard registration fees are: $25 early registration, $35 the day of the event. 

WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that attacks the smooth lining of the lungs and abdomen. This skin layer is made up of mesothelial cells. Mesothelioma is a solid tumor that forms as a result of of microscopic asbestos particles. Learn more about mesothelioma.

WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA AWARENESS DAY?

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is a movement at both the state and federal level to declare September 26th a day for recognizing mesothelioma. Thanks to the hard work of grassroots advocates, Illinois passed a permanent resolution on May 30, 2009, declaring September 26th as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Learn more about Mesothelioma Awareness Day. In 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution designating the day as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY MILES FOR MESO RAISES GO?

The majority of the funds raised have gone to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Click to learn more about the Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to finding a cure. Some races have also benefited the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, which works to build awareness of asbestos-related diseases and seeks a global ban on asbestos use.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE?

Information about specific upcoming races is available on this website.

DO I HAVE TO BE A RUNNER TO PARTICIPATE?

No! Everyone should participate!  The 5K race is a timed, competitive event, and the 5K run/walk will be fun for all runners, walkers, families and others. It's a fun opportunity to show support for a great cause!

WHO IS THE SIMMONS MESOTHELIOMA FOUNDATION?

Miles for Meso is an advocacy project of the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation, a private, non-profit organization founded by Simmons Hanly Conroy. Dedicated to helping patients and families affected by mesothelioma, the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation works with leading researchers and treatment specialists throughout the country, supporting their search for a mesothelioma cure. Learn more about the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation. 

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

If you cannot find what you are looking for on the Miles for Meso Web site, please contact us directly.