Miles for Meso races scheduled for September

15 Aug 2017 by under Events
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There are several road races scheduled throughout the country in the coming weeks aiming to raise awareness about mesothelioma, and funds for education, outreach, advocacy and treatment.

Registration for the Alton, Illinois, race on Sept. 30 opened this last week. In 2016, Alton’s Miles for Meso race generated $40,000 for the Disease Awareness Organization, a non-profit dedicated to securing a global ban on and providing support to victims of -related diseases. This year, the 9th annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 3K Fun Run/Walk hopes to expand its reach.

Sept. 23 will mark the inaugural John Cunningham Memorial Miles for Meso 5K Run/Walk in New Britain Township, , benefiting Penn Medicine’s Mesothelioma Translational Center of Excellence. John Cunningham passed away on March 17, 2016, from mesothelioma, and the race, started by his wife, Joan, will benefit the place where John was enrolled in a clinical trial.

This year also marks the sixth annual Ohio Miles for Meso race in honor of Bruce A. Waite, a teacher and avid runner for more than 30 years, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2002 and died a year later. Last year, more than 350 people attended the race and raised $15,000 for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. In the race’s  five years, it has raised more than $50,000 for mesothelioma research. It will take place this year on Sept. 17 in Ontario, Ohio.

Mesothelioma is a rare disease caused by asbestos exposure that is difficult to treat due to its long latency period and symptoms that can be misdiagnosed. Researchers are continuously searching for better treatments in hopes of improving patient outcomes. For more information on the races or to register, visit http://www.milesformesothelioma.org/.

 

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