Miles for Meso brings together mesothelioma survivors, individuals recently diagnosed and family members of mesothelioma victims for a run and walk to raise awareness and research funding.
A Community Cause
Miles for Meso would not be what it is today without the support of the mesothelioma community, the mesothelioma warriors and families who organize the races, and national presenting sponsor, Simmons Hanly Conroy. The work put into organizing these events provides much more than just fundraising dollars.
Miles for Meso races create a safe place for families, survivors and advocates to come together and celebrate the memories of the loved ones who’ve passed, support patients in their on-going fight against the disease, and provide a platform to advocate about the very real dangers of asbestos and the desperate need for – not just a cure for the cancer – but also a U.S. ban of asbestos.
Charities Supported by Miles for Meso
All Miles for Meso events must benefit a registered 501 c-3 charity that supports mesothelioma research or advocates for asbestos awareness. Over the years, Miles for Meso race directors have chosen to support the following charities with their events.
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is a national organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma as a life-ending disease. The Meso Foundation is a non-profit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates and researchers dedicated to supporting peer-reviewed research and treatment options for mesothelioma. More than $500,000 in proceeds from almost all the Miles for Meso races have benefitted the Meso Foundation.
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is the largest independent asbestos victims’ organization in the United States. It was founded in 2004 to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to work toward a global asbestos ban. ADAO is dedicated to preventing asbestos-caused diseases through national and international education, advocacy, and community initiatives. More than $250,000 in proceeds from the Alton race has benefited ADAO.
The Mesothelioma and Pleural Program at PENN’s Abramson Cancer Center
The Mesothelioma and Pleural Program is a unique system that consists of a team of dedicated specialists with a patient and expertise for treating patients with mesothelioma. The program offers every treatment option available worldwide and a number of treatments only available at Harron Lung Center. The program has one goal: to provide patients with comprehensive and compassionate care at the highest level possible, both now and in the future. More than $25,000 in proceeds from the Pennsylvania Miles for Meso races have benefited this program at PENN Medicine.