The Miles for Meso race of 2011 is over and mesothelioma research will receive another $25,000 to help fund this important work as a result. The race took place in Alton, Illinois, on September 24, the first official National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. More than 600 people participated in the event. The annual event is sponsored by the Simmons Firm, which donated its proceeds of $25,000 to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
The participants ranged from walkers to casual joggers to potential future Olympians. Some of the world’s fastest runners from as far away as Kenya and as nearby as St. Louis competed in the race for over $6,000 in prize money. Julius Koskei of Kentucky, a Kenyan native, came in first place at 13 minutes, 48 seconds. Second place went to Emmanuel Bor, also from Kenya, coming in three seconds later.
Mark Motley, vice president of communications for Simmons, said, “We have some of the fastest people here who are helping us reach our goal of raising awareness through the race. The more people we get and the bigger the deal we can make of it, the better.”
Julie Gundlach, a mesothelioma survivor, also participated in the race. Gundlach was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2006. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, chest, heart and abdomen. The cause of the cancer is typically exposure to asbestos fibers, yet it often takes between 10 and 40 years for mesothelioma to develop. “I’m here to tell you there is hope for a cure for this disease,” Gundlach said, “and everyone here is helping to further that.”
If you were exposed to asbestos and subsequently diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact a mesothelioma attorney. If you have any questions about the details of asbestos law and what is required to pursue a settlement, check out the information available on the Sokolove Law website as well as this Mesothelioma Resource website.