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Boca Raton, Florida - South Florida Miles for Meso


February 12, 2012
Mesothelioma patient and advocate Larry Davis hosted the 3rd annual Wishing Well Miles for Meso 8K & 4K Tribute Walk on Feb. 12, 2012, in sunny Boca Raton, Florida to benefit mesothelioma research. 

Larry Davis was on top of his health five years ago. The Florida resident maintained a healthy weight and diet and regularly ran in 5K races, a habit he’d developed in his early thirties. Yet, his healthy lifestyle didn’t prevent his diagnosis with mesothelioma at 61.

“Three weeks before my diagnosis, I had run a 5K race,” Larry, now 65, remembered.

Larry, like most people, didn’t know about the dangers of asbestos exposure until after he’d become a victim.  He believes his asbestos exposure was from his father’s work at a paper company and later in life while in college.

A mesothelioma diagnosis brings with it additional problems beyond just being sick. As an orphan disease, mesothelioma research and treatment options are limited.

During treatment, Larry lost about 60 pounds in one month’s time. He underwent 5 surgeries, almost died from infections, had to use an ostomy bag for a year, and spent a six month stint in bed waiting for an incision to close.

It was Mary Hesdorffer with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation who finally helped him find the right doctor. She connected him with his current physician, Dr. Richard Alexander, a mesothelioma clinical researcher with the University of Maryland Medical Center.

“You’ve got to trust your doctor. You’ve got to make sure you’re dealing with people who are familiar with meso,” Larry said.

Four years after his initial diagnosis, Larry has become an active supporter of mesothelioma organizations and advocates for a total asbestos ban. This past February he organized the 2nd annual South Florida Miles for Meso 8K Run/4K Walk in Boca Raton, Florida. About 350 people participated and helped raise more than $33,000 for mesothelioma research.

Larry will once again hit the streets on Feb. 12, 2012, to promote awareness of mesothelioma cancer in the South Florida community. We hope you will come out, run or simply walk alongside Larry and help support research for a mesothelioma cure.


South Florida Miles for Meso Race Info

Welcome Event

The race's welcoming event will take place Friday, Feb. 10. This event will offer participants to meet friends, old & new, while picking up race packets and information on the latest mesothelioma news. Location & times TBA.

Health Symposium

A Health Symposium, to discussion the latest news in cancer treatments and clinical trials will take place Saturday evening before the race. The event will take place at the Hilton Deerfield Hotel, 100 Fairway Drive, in Deerfield, FL. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Raja M. Flores, Chief Thoracic Surgeon at Mt. Sianai Medical Center in New York and Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj, Founder and Medical Director of the South Florida Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Institute.

Dr. Flores is considered a leading expert in the study and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. As a research, he has participated in and led many clinical trials. His clinic interests include not only the surgical treatment of mesothelioma but also lung cancer screening, thorascopy, VATS labectomy, intraoperative chemotherapy, and tracheal, carinal, and esophageal surgery.

Dr. Maharaj is creditED with creating one of the few completely outpatient bone marrow/stem cell treatment facilities in the United States. Most recently, he has secured FDA approval to study a novel treatment of solid tumors using only healthy white blood cells.

Additional guest speakers include Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, Dr. H.R. Alexander, the associate chairman for Clinic Research and Surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Stewart Greenbaum Cancer Center, and Kathy Wiedemer, the director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. 

For more information or to register to attend, contact Larry Davis at or call 561-361-1950.

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Pre-Registration begins at 5:45 a.m. the day of the race
The 8K race starts at 7:30 a.m.

Spanish River Park
3001 North Ocean Blvd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431

The race starts on AIA in front of Spanish River Park. Take I-95 to Palmetto Park Road, East to AIA, then left (north) 2.5 miles to Spanish River Park.


USATF Certified Course by Evert McDowell
Accuchip timing.


Running-8K - $25
8K BRRR Member - $20
Running-2-miles (individual) - $20


5 year age group awards 3 deep 11-14 to 70+.

Awards will be giving to the top 3 overall M/F runners; the top master M/F runners; and the top 3 M/F runners in the following age group categories: 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+.

More information coming soon.


Online registration ends Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 11:59 PM US/Eastern

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Temperatures & humidity can be high in South Flordia. Participants should drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic) for 48 hours prior to, during and upon finishing the race. Beware of heat injury symptoms: dizziness, no sweating, nausea, cramps, redness, incoherent speech & thoughts. Seek immediate medical attention if symptoms occur. Wear loose, light-colored clothing.

RACE HOTLINE: 561-361-1950


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