Frequently Asked Questions

Miles for Meso is an initiative of the SHC Foundation's Meso Committee, 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 and awareness.
The next race is the Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K Run/Walk, which will take place on Sept. 20, 2020 at the Ontario High School in Ontario, Ohio. The Alton race will be a virtual event this year, with the kick off starting on Saturday, Sept. 26. The WA Miles for Meso 5K race was also a virtual event this year and took place during the first week of July.
There have been races to date in 11 different states including Illinois, Washington, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Virginia, Florida. Information about specific upcoming races is available here.
Each race director sets the registration prices for their race. The cost ranges from $20-$45 depending on the race, location, and if its early or late registration. All registration costs includes a Miles for Meso T-shirt.
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 microscopic asbestos particles.
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. In 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution designating the day as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
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. Visit our charities page to learn more about all the charities Miles for Meso races have supported.
Information about specific upcoming races is available on this website.
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!
Miles for Meso is an advocacy project of the SHC Foundation, a private, non-profit organization founded by Simmons Hanly Conroy. Dedicated to helping patients and families affected by mesothelioma, the SHC Foundation partners with leading researchers and treatment specialists throughout the country, supporting their search for a mesothelioma cure. Learn more about the SHC Foundation.
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