About Miles for Meso
Miles for Meso is a 5K race and fun run and walk for mesothelioma cancer awareness and research. It is an advocacy initiative of the SHC Foundation. Since the first race in 2009, Miles for Meso races have taken place in 11 states nationwide. Keep reading to learn more about how it all started.
Presented by Simmons Hanly Conroy, a leading national mesothelioma law firm and our national sponsor, Miles for Meso is a fun and educational event for people of all ages and athletic capabilities!
How Miles for Meso Started Going the Distance for Patients & Families
Alton attorney John Simmons and the local running club, the Metro Tri Club, started the Alton Miles for Meso race in 2009 as a way to give back to Simmons Hanly Conroy clients who were fighting a mesothelioma diagnosis while also promoting awareness of the dangers of asbestos in the Alton community.
Before the first Alton race day, other mesothelioma patients and their families approached the firm about sponsoring similar races in Missouri and Florida. By the next year, additional events in Ohio, Indiana, Washington and Virginia were also added.
Since 2009, the flagship Alton race has inspired races in 10 additional states, which have collectively raised more than $890,000 for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, and the Mesothelioma and Pleural Program at PENN Medicine.