Ross Lee, of Charvil England recently completed the Reading half Marathon in honor of her late husband, Steve. Steve Lee died of mesothelioma in late January. He was 65 years old. Mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer, is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.
The pair were active members of the mesothelioma awareness community, running the half marathon together in 2009 to raise money for mesothelioma research. Steve was suffering from mesothelioma at the time.
“I cried when I was doing it this time, thinking of Steve,” Lee told the BBC. “He’s my inspiration and I just wanted him to be proud of me.”
Lee was accompanied by the Reading Roadrunners. Together, the group has raised nearly $65,000 for the June Hancock Mesothelioma Reasearch Fund. The money has been used to fund a research project in Steve Lee’s name at the University of London.
“I didn’t ask people to, but people kept offering to sponsor me to run for the fund,” she said.
Anyone whose life has been impacted by mesothelioma knows the importance of having effective options for treatment. Unfortunately, current medical research is limited, and a cure is still elusive. To stimulate studies that will support the development of advanced treatments and therapies for mesothelioma, more funding is desperately needed.
The good news is that you can help out in the fight for a mesothelioma cure. You can contact agencies such as the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization to learn about other opportunities for taking action in the fight to ban asbestos and the battle against mesothelioma.