Past Miles for Meso Races
Going the Distance for Patients & Families Nationwide
Miles for Meso provides a way for communities to support patients and families who’ve been devastated by asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma and show they are not alone in their fight. Since 2009, races have taken place in 11 states across the country and raised more than $750,000 for research and awareness. Below are a few notable races.
Wishing Well Miles for Meso 8K
Boca Raton, Florida | 2010 – 2012 | Organized by Meso Warrior Larry Davis
Larry Davis was a life-long runner who was diagnosed with mesothelioma. His dedication to organizing the Wishing Well Miles for Meso 8K race in his home town of Boca Raton, Florida has made a lasting impact on the Miles for Meso community. Larry passed away in 2012, but not before raising more than $100,000 through his Miles for Meso race for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
John Cunningham Miles for Meso 5K
Doylestown, Pennsylvania | 2017- 2018 | Organized by Joan Cunningham
Joan and John Cunningham first met while running a 5K. Decades later, after John passed away from mesothelioma, Joan decided to host a Miles for Meso race as a way to keep their love, which started on a racetrack, alive. Her race benefits mesothelioma research at Penn Medicine’s Mesothelioma Translational Center of Excellence.
Rushville Miles for Meso 5K
Rushville, Indiana | 2010 – 2012 | Organized by Meso Warrior Janelle “Wonder Woman” Bedel
For three years, while also battling a mesothelioma diagnosis, Janelle organized the Rushville Miles for Meso 5K and later, motorcycle ride. Hundreds of people attended the events, organized at the Rushville County Fairgrounds, and helped raise $20,000 for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. After a six year battle, Janelle passed away at the age of 37. Through her advocacy efforts, propelled by her local paper, the Rushville Republican, she and her family created a lasting legacy that continues to inspire even today.
John Pavlick Miles for Meso 8K & Family Fun Run
Fairfax Station, Virginia | 2010 – 2015 | Organized by The Pavlick Family
The John Pavlick Miles for Meso race honors the memory of John Pavlick who was diagnosed with both peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma in July 2008. He died less than six months later. In 2010, his wife Olga and daughter-in-law Sarah started a Miles for Meso race in his memory. The course followed a path around Burke Lake at Burke Lake Park where the couple used to take morning walks together. The event raised more than $60,000 for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
Going the Distance!
Current 2020 races include events in Ohio, Washington and Illinois.
Though Covid-19 has caused much of the world to be shut down, Miles for Meso race directors in Ohio, Illinois and Washington are working hard behind the scenes to still organize events to help raise awareness and funds for a cure. Visit their race pages to learn more about what you can expect.